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The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix

Updated October 20, 2020 18.2k votes 4.0k voters 155.3k views46 items

List RulesOnly shows currently streaming on Netflix.

Here are the best historical dramas streaming now on Netflix. Whether you're looking for classic war series or period dramas, this list of historical shows currently on Netflix is regularly updated with new and popular TV series. What are the best historical series to watch on Netflix? 

One of the best historical shows on Netflix, The Crown explores the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Other good TV period pieces on Netflix include The CrownMarco Polo, Reign, and The Tudors.

Vote up the best historical dramas on Netflix, and add your favorites if they're missing from the list. And if you like these shows, check out our list of British shows on Netflix.

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    Anne with an E is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
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    Anne with an E

    Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James

    Premiered2017

    Anne with an E (2017, Netflix) is a Canadian television series created by Moira... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
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    Peaky Blinders

    Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory

    Premiered2013

    Peaky Blinders (BBC Two, 2013) is a British television action drama created by Steven Knight,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Outlander is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
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    Outlander

    Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan

    Premiered2014

    Outlander (Starz, 2014) is a historical drama television series developed by Ronald D. Moore,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Last Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
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    The Last Kingdom

    Alexander Dreymon, David Dawson

    Premiered2015

    The Last Kingdom (BBC America, 2015) is a British historical fiction television series based... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
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    Mindhunter

    Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany

    Premiered2017

    Mindhunter (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime thriller television series created by Joe... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Crown is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
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    The Crown

    Claire Foy, Matt Smith

    Premiered2016

    The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series created by Peter... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Tudors is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
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    The Tudors

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill

    Premiered2007

    The Tudors (Showtime, 2007) is a historical fiction television series created by Michael... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Reign is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
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    Reign

    Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows

    Premiered2013

    Reign (The CW, 2013) is an American historical romantic drama television series created by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Medici the Magnificent is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
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    Medici the Magnificent

    Dustin Hoffman, Richard Madden

    Premiered2016

    Cosimo's grandson Lorenzo Medici throws himself into shoring up the clan's finances and securing Florence's future while his enemies plot against him.

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    Turn: Washington's Spies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
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    Turn: Washington's Spies

    Jamie Bell, Angus Macfadyen

    Premiered2014

    TURN: Washington's Spies is a period drama based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington's Spies:... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Call The Midwife is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
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    Call The Midwife

    Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart

    Premiered2012

    Call the Midwife (BBC, 2012) is a British period drama series created by Heidi Thomas. The... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Versailles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
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    Versailles

    George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos

    Premiered2015

    Versailles (Canal+, 2015) is a television series created by Simon Mirren and David... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Alias Grace is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
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    Alias Grace

    Sarah Gadon, Edward Holcraft

    Premiered2017

    Alias Grace (Netflix, 2017) is a miniseries based on the 1996 novel by Margaret Atwood. Grace... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
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    Penny Dreadful

    Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton

    Premiered2014

    Penny Dreadful (Showtime, 2014) is a British-American horror drama television series created... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Marco Polo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
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    Marco Polo

    Benedict Wong, Olivia Cheng

    Premiered2013

    Marco Polo is an American drama series about Marco Polo's early years in the court of Kublai... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Borgias is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
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    The Borgias

    Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud

    Premiered2011

    The Borgias (Showtime, 2011) is a historical-fiction drama television series created by Neil... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Frontier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
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    Frontier

    Jason Momoa, Alun Armstrong

    Premiered2016

    Frontier (Netflix, 2016) is a Canadian-American historical drama television series co-created... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Last Czars is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
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    The Last Czars

    Robert Jack, Susanna Herbert

    Premiered2019

    The Last Czars (Netflix, 2019) is an American docu-drama television series. Blending a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Mr. Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
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    Mr. Sunshine

    Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-ri

    Premiered2018

    Mr. Sunshine (tvN, 2018) is a South Korean historical action drama television series. After... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Knightfall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
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    Knightfall

    Tom Cullen, Jim Carter

    Premiered2017

    Knightfall (History, 2017) is a historical fiction drama television series created by Don... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Cable Girls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
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    Cable Girls

    Maggie Civantos, Nadia de Santiago
    Cable Girls (Netflix, 2017) is a Spanish period drama web television series. In 1928, four... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Self Made is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
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    Self Made

    Octavia Spencer, Zahra Bentham

    Premiered2020

    Self Made: Inspired By The Life Of Madam C.J. Walker (Netflix, 2020) is an upcoming American... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The English Game is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
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    The English Game

    Edward Holcroft, Kevin Guthrie

    Premiered2020

    The English Game (Netflix, 2020) is a historical drama series created by Julian Fellowes, Tony... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Godless is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
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    Godless

    Jeff Daniels, Jack O'Connell

    Premiered2017

    Godless (Netflix, 2017) is an American drama series created by Scott Frank. Roy Goode (Jack... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Great Heist is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
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    The Great Heist

    Christian Tappan, Paula Castaño

    Premiered2020

    The Great Heist (Netflix, 2020) is a Colombian crime drama television series created by Camilo... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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