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The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix 

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Updated March 20, 2020 14.4k votes 3.3k voters 109.8k views 47 items

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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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Anne with an E is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James, R.H. Thomson

Premiered: 2017

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 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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Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson

Premiered: 2013

Number of Episodes: 6

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 Crown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby

Premiered: 2016

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) 5 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 38

The Tudors (Showtime, 2007) is a British-Irish-Canadian historical fiction television series created by Michael Hirst and produced for the American premium cable television channel Showtime. The ...more

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Reign is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows, Torrance Coombs

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

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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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
JoLynn Mosier added Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

Premiered: 2014

Outlander (Starz, 2014) is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon and created by Ronald D. Moore and produced ...more

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Versailles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Versailles 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) 9 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Sarah Gadon, Edward Holcraft, Zachary Levi

Premiered: 2017

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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The Borgias is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 29

The Borgias (Showtime, 2011) is a historical-fiction drama television series created by Neil Jordan. In the fifteenth century, Pope Alexander VI (Jeremy Irons) tries to control all power in ...more

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Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
CameronDay added Spartacus Lucy Lawless, Jaime Murray, Katrina Law

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 39

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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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 3

Penny Dreadful (Showtime, 2014) is a British-American horror drama television series created by John Logan. Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton), American gunslinger Ethan Chandler (Josh ...more

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Medici Masters of Floren... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Dustin Hoffman, Richard Madden, Stuart Martin

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.

Medici: Masters of Florence is a television drama series about the Medici dynasty set in 15th century Florence. Cosimo the Elder (Richard Madden) was elected head of the Florentine Republic in ...more
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Turn: Washington's Spies... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Jamie Bell, Angus Macfadyen, Kevin McNally

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 10

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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Marco Polo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Benedict Wong, Olivia Cheng, Joan Chen

Premiered: 2013

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 Last Czars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Robert Jack, Susanna Herbert, Ben Cartwright

Premiered: 2019

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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Call The Midwife is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Vanessa Redgrave, Helen George, Laura Main

Premiered: 2012

Number of Episodes: 15

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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Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 7

Mad Men (AMC, 2007) is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner. Womanizing advertising executive Don Draper (Jon Hamm) balances work and pleasure, while harboring ...more

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Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv
Mindhunter (Netflix, 2017) is an American drama series based on the book written by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas. Set in the late '70s and early '80s, the series revolves around two FBI ...more

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Pose is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Billy Porter

Premiered: 2018

Pose (FX, 2018) is an American dance drama television series created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals. Set in the 1980s, the show explores the juxtaposition of several segments of ...more

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Thieves of the Wood is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Arnaud Lorent, Stef Aerts, Ruth Beeckmans

Premiered: 2018

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 10

Thieves of the Wood (2018) is a historical drama starring Arnaud Lorent, Stef Aerts, and Ruth Beeckmans. The series follows an eighteenth century bandit who becomes a local hero.
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Self Made is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Octavia Spencer, Zahra Bentham, Kevin Carroll

Premiered: 2020

Self Made: Inspired By The Life Of Madam C.J. Walker (Netflix, 2020) is an upcoming American drama web television limited series, based on the biography On Her Own Ground by A'Lelia Bundles. The ...more
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Mr. Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-ri, Yoo Yeon-seok

Premiered: 2018

Mr. Sunshine (tvN, 2018) is a South Korean historical action drama television series. After returning to Korea as a United States Marine Corps officer, Choi Yoo-jin falls in love with an ...more

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Charite is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Alicia von Rittberg, Maximilian Meyer-Bretschneider, Justus von Dohnanyi

Premiered: 2018

Charite (Das Erste, 2018) is German television drama series. Staff at Berlin's Charite hospital witness history being made, including vaccine breakthroughs in the 1880s and eugenic practices ...more