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The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix 

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Updated May 6, 2020 15.2k votes 3.5k voters 128k views 41 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 created by Moira Walley-Beckett, based on the 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Anne Shirley (Amybeth ...more

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Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson

Premiered: 2013

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) 3 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Alexander Dreymon, David Dawson, Tobias Santelmann

Premiered: 2015

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) 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 created by Peter Morgan. A young Queen Elizabeth II's (Claire Foy) political rivalries and romances guide the events ...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

The Tudors (Showtime, 2007) is a historical fiction television series created by Michael Hirst. In 16th-century England, King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) protects his throne from enemies ...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

Reign (The CW, 2013) is an American historical romantic drama television series created by Stephanie SenGupta and Laurie McCarthy. Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, (Adelaide Kane) faces political ...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 historical drama television series developed by Ronald D. Moore, based on the novel series by Diana Gabaldon. A married former WWII nurse (Caitriona Balfe) is ...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

Premiered: 2015

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

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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Turn: Washington's Spies... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Jamie Bell, Angus Macfadyen, Kevin McNally

Premiered: 2014

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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Medici is listed (or ranked) 12 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 (RAI 1, 2016) 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 1434; ...more
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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green

Premiered: 2014

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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Marco Polo is listed (or ranked) 14 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) 15 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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Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv

Premiered: 2017

Mindhunter (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime thriller television series created by Joe Penhall, based on the true crime book by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker. FBI agents Holden Ford ...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
Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Laura Main

Premiered: 2012

Call the Midwife (BBC, 2012) is a British period drama series created by Heidi Thomas. The lives of a group of midwives living in East London are documented in the late-1950s to mid-1960s.

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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

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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Knightfall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Tom Cullen, Jim Carter, Pádraic Delaney
Knightfall (History, 2017) is a historical fiction drama television series created by Don Handfield and Richard Rayner. Templar leader Landry du Lauzon (Tom Cullen), a brave warrior discouraged ...more
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Self Made is listed (or ranked) 21 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) 22 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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Thieves of the Wood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Historical Dramas On Netflix
Arnaud Lorent, Stef Aerts, Ruth Beeckmans

Premiered: 2018

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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Pose is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Godless is listed (or ranked) 25 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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