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The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix  

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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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Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson
Peaky Blinders (BBC Two, 2013) is a British television action drama created by Steven Knight, based upon the exploits of the historical gang. In 1919 Birmingham, England, leader Tommy Shelby ...more
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The Last Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Alexander Dreymon, David Dawson, Tobias Santelmann
The Last Kingdom (BBC America, 2015) is a British historical fiction television series based on Bernard Cornwell's The Saxon Stories series of novels. In 872 England, an unlikely hero (Alexander ...more
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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby
The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The series begins with the 1947 wedding of young Elizabeth ...more
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The Tudors is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy
The Tudors is a British-Irish-Canadian historical fiction television series set primarily in sixteenth-century England, created by Michael Hirst and produced for the American premium cable ...more
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The Last Czars is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Robert Jack, Susanna Herbert, Ben Cartwright
The Last Czars (Netflix, 2019) is an American docu-drama television series. Blending a scripted drama and documentary format, the series examines the fall of the Romanov dynasty.
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Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
CameronDay added Lucy Lawless, Jaime Murray, Katrina Law
Spartacus (Starz, 2010) is a British television series produced in New Zealand, inspired by the historical figure of Spartacus, a Thracian gladiator who from 73 to 71 BCE led a major slave ...more
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The Borgias is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger
The Borgias is an historical-fiction drama television series created by Neil Jordan; it debuted in 2011 and was canceled in 2013. The series is set around the turn of the 16th century and ...more
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Reign is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
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
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Turn: Washington's Spies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
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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Versailles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Tygh Runyan
Versailles (Canal+, 2015) is a television series created by Simon Mirren and David Wolstencroft. In 1667, 28-year-old all-powerful king of France, Louis XIV (George Blagden), decides to build ...more
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Alias Grace is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Sarah Gadon, Edward Holcraft, Zachary Levi
Alias Grace (Netflix, 2017) is a miniseries based on the 1996 novel by Margaret Atwood. Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon) is a convicted murderess who works in the home of the prison warden. Dr. Simon ...more
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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green
Penny Dreadful (Showtime, 2014) is a British-American horror TV series created for Showtime and Sky by John Logan, who also acts as executive producer alongside Sam Mendes. The title refers to ...more
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Medici the Magnificent is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Medici the Magnificent

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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Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser
Mad Men is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner. The series premiered on July 19, 2007 on the cable network AMC and is produced by Lionsgate Television. The ...more
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Marco Polo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Benedict Wong, Olivia Cheng, Joan Chen
Marco Polo is an American drama series about Marco Polo's early years in the court of Kublai Khan, the Khagan of the Mongolian Empire and the founder of the Yuan dynasty, which lasted from ...more
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Frontier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Jason Momoa, Alun Armstrong, Landon Liboiron
Frontier (Netflix, 2016) is a Canadian-American historical drama television series co-created by Brad Peyton, Rob Blackie, and Peter Blackie. Declan Harp (Jason Momoa), a part-Irish, part-Cree ...more
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The Guernsey Literary and Pota... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

A London writer bonds with the colorful residents of Guernsey as she learns about the book club they formed during the WWII German occupation.

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Anne with an E is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James, R.H. Thomson
Anne with an E (2017, Netflix) is a Canadian television series based on the 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Anne Shirley (Amybeth McNulty) is a good-hearted, earnest ...more
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The Frankenstein Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Sean Bean, Tom Ward, Richie Campbell
The Frankenstein Chronicles (A&E, 2015) is a British television period crime drama series created by Benjamin Ross and Barry Langford, and a re-imagining of Mary Shelley's 1818 novel. ...more
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North & South is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Richard Armitage, Sinéad Cusack, Daniela Denby-Ashe
North & South is a British television drama serial, produced by the BBC and originally broadcast in four episodes on BBC One in November and December 2004. It follows the story of Margaret ...more
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The Lizzie Borden Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Christina Ricci, Clea DuVall, Cole Hauser
The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (Lifetime, 2015) is an American television docudrama limited series and a continuation of the story begun in the network's 2014 film Lizzie Borden Took an Ax. Like ...more
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Ripper Street is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg
Ripper Street is a British TV series set in Whitechapel in London's East End in 1889, six months after the infamous Jack the Ripper. The series stars Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, and Adam ...more
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Godless is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Jeff Daniels, Jack O'Connell, Michelle Dockery
Godless (Netflix, 2017) is an American drama series created by Scott Frank. Roy Goode (Jack O'Connell) is an outlaw on the run from his former boss, the outlaw Frank Griffin (Jeff Daniels), who ...more
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A.D Kingdom and Empire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
A.D Kingdom and Empire

In the aftermath of the death of Jesus, his disciples face persecution and hardship as they cope with the tragedy and spread their message of faith.

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Troy: Fall of a City is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Louis Hunter, Bella Dayne, David Threlfall
Troy: Fall of a City (Netflix, 2018) is a British-American miniseries directed by Owen Harris and Mark Brozel, based on the Trojan War. When Helen (Bella Dayne) and Paris (Louis Hunter) fall in ...more