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List Rules Vote up your favorite historical drama shows either on TV or streaming that are either in season or expected to return

These are the best current historical drama series of 2016-2017, ranked from best to worst by user votes. From some good current historical drama TV shows that are espionage thrillers, to others that are ultra-violent and action-packed. What show do you think is the greatest current historical drama?

What shows will you find on this best current historical drama series list? Netflix's historical drama show Narcos takes a dramatic look at the life of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and his cartel. Wagner Moura is excellent in the lead role as cocaine king. Downton Abbey is another good historical drama series currently airing on television.

Masters of Sex is a TV dramatization of of lives and studies conducted by Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson in the 1950s and 1960s. Other great shows that appear on this top current historical drama series list include Mr. Selfridge, Marco Polo, and Vikings.

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Vikings Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Vikings is an Irish-Canadian historical drama television series written and created by Michael Hirst for the television channel History. It premiered on 3 March 2013 in the United States and ...more

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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Debbie Duke added Outlander Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Created by Ronald D. Moore and produced by Left Bank ...more

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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
The Americans Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Americans is an American television period drama series created and produced by former CIA officer Joe Weisberg. The series premiered in the United States on January 30, 2013, on the cable ...more

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Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Lizie16 added Peaky Blinders Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory Peaky Blinders is a British historical crime drama television series starring Cillian Murphy as a gangster operating in Birmingham, England, during the aftermath of World War I. The series was ...more

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Narcos is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Narcos Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal

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jackie90 added The Crown Matt Smith, John Lithgow, Claire Foy

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Black Sails is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Black Sails Jessica Parker Kennedy, Toby Stephens, Hannah New Black Sails is an American dramatic adventure television series set on New Providence Island and a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island. The series was created by Jonathan ...more

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Turn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Turn Jamie Bell, Angus Macfadyen, Kevin McNally TURN: Washington's Spies is a period drama based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring, a history of the Culper Ring. The series debuted on AMC on ...more

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Call The Midwife is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Julie Rockhold added Call The Midwife Vanessa Redgrave, Helen George, Laura Main Call the Midwife is a BBC period drama series about a group of nurse midwives working in the East End of London in the 1950s and 1960s. It stars Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Helen George, Bryony ...more

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Poldark is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Julie Rockhold added Poldark Judy Geeson, Ralph Bates, Angharad Rees Poldark is the original version of the BBC television series adaptation of the novels of the same title written by Winston Graham. The adaption was first transmitted in the UK between 1975 and

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Taboo Tom Hardy, David Hayman, Oona Chaplin Taboo is a British drama television serial that is set to first broadcast on BBC One. The eight-part series, written by Steven Knight, is about an adventurer who returns to Britain from Africa ...more

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Versailles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Hobbit4Lyfe added Versailles George Blagden, Stuart Bowman, Evan Williams

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Victoria Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, Peter Bowles The first series depicts the first few years of the reign of Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman) from her accession to the throne at the age of 18, to her intense friendship and infatuation with Lord ...more

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The Knick Clive Owen, André Holland, Jeremy Bobb

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The Last Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Cory Meza added The Last Kingdom Gerard Kearns, Alec Newman, Madeleine Power

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Murdoch Mysteries Lisa Ray, Paul Rhys, Georgina Reilly Murdoch Mysteries is a Canadian television drama series aired on both City and CBC Television, titled The Artful Detective in the United States, featuring Yannick Bisson as William Murdoch, a ...more

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The Son The Son (AMC, 2017) is a western drama television series based on the book of the same name by Philipp Meyer.

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When Calls the Heart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
When Calls The Heart Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing, Martin Cummins

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Underground is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Underground Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Jessica D Gouw In 1857, a group of slaves on a Georgia plantation make the dangerous decision to journey 600 miles north for the promise of freedom.

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Halt & Catch Fire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Halt & Catch Fire Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis Halt and Catch Fire is an American period drama television series created by Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers, that premiered on AMC on June 1, 2014. The series is set in the ...more

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Z: The Beginning of Everything Christina Ricci, Gavin Stenhouse, David Hoflin Z: The Beginning of Everything (Amazon, 2015) is a period drama television series created by Tim Blake Nelson. It is based on Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler. Starring ...more

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Reign is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
rnewman added Reign Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows, Torrance Coombs Reign is an American historical fantasy television series following the early years of Mary, Queen of Scots living in France. The series, created by Stephanie SenGupta and Laurie McCarthy, airs ...more