1. Outlander, 2. Troy: Fall of a City, 3. Frontier, 4. Peaky Blinders, 5. Bridgerton, 6. Downton Abbey, 7. The Last Kingdom, 8. The Crown, 9. The Legend of Mi Yue, 10. The Empress Ki. Sometimes you simply want to get away from the present and immerse yourself in the past, away from all of your daily cares and concerns, and historical plays are a great way to do just that. Since the inception of the theater, historical dramas have captivated audiences' imaginations. The genre has never been out of favor. Today, Toplist will show you the greatest historical dramas available on Netflix.
- Troy: Fall of a City
- Peaky Blinders
- Downton Abbey
- The Last Kingdom
- The Crown
- The Legend of Mi Yue
- The Empress Ki
Outlander is a historical drama television series based on Diana Gabaldon’s ongoing novel series of the same name. The program, created by Ronald D. Moore, aired on Starz on August 9, 2014. Caitrona Balfe plays Claire Randall, a married former Second World War military nurse in Scotland who is sent back in time to 1743 in 1945. There, she meets, falls in love with, and marries a handsome Highland warrior called Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), a Tacksman of Gabaldon’s fictitious Clan Fraser of Lovat, and gets involved in the Jacobite rebellion.
Throughout the seasons, Outlander explores various distinct historical periods, although the crux of the plot takes place in Scotland in the 1700s. The show follows Caitrona Balfe as Claire Randall, a former World War II medic, on a honeymoon journey with her husband, Frank Randall, until an encounter with standing stones at Craigh Dun transports Claire back to 1743. There, she meets a young Scottish Highlander called Jamie Fraser, played by Sam Heughan, and they quickly fall in love as Claire tries to navigate a time of history she knows may be perilous. Outlander has been running for five seasons and is a fantastic series, so if you haven’t seen it yet, now is the time.
Developed by: Ronald D. Moore
Stars: Caitríona Balfe, Sam Heughan
Original release: August 9, 2014 –present
Link to watch: https://www.netflix.com/title/70285581
Troy: Fall of a City
Troy: Fall of a City is a British-American historical drama based on the Trojan War and Paris and Helen’s love story. The drama is set in the 13th century BC and portrays the narrative of the 10-year siege of Troy. It is not a retelling of Homer’s Iliad or Odyssey, but rather a fresh perspective on the Greek mythology that covers terrain only referred to in previous works.
Troy: Fall of a City is about the Trojan War in the 13th century BC, as you might have guessed from the title. The plot revolves around Paris, the prince of Troy, and his love affair with Helen of Sparta, played by Bella Dayne, King Menelaus’ wife (Jonas Armstrong). Troy: Fall of a City tells the account of the 10-year battle that erupted as a result of the couple’s romance, highlighting both the human and heavenly drama, with the Greek gods playing an important role. The series contains all the drama and excitement you’d expect from a program about the Trojan War, with magnificent costume and production design as well as outstanding performances.
Networks: BBC One · Netflix
First episode: Feb 17, 2018
Number of seasons: 1
Link to watch: https://www.netflix.com/title/80175352
Troy: Fall of a City
Frontier is a Canadian historical drama television series developed by Rob and Peter Blackie that follows the North American fur trade in colonial Canada/Land Rupert’s in the late 1700s or early 1800s. The series is co-produced by Discovery Canada and Netflix as the channel’s first original scripted commission. The show debuted on November 6, 2016. Jason Momoa moved on to another tough drama called Frontier a few years after Khal Drogo died on Game of Thrones.
Networks: Netflix · Discovery Channel
First episode: 2016
Number of seasons: 3
Link to watch: https://www.netflix.com/title/80099656
Peaky Blinders is a British period crime drama television series created by Steven Knight. Set in Birmingham, England, it follows the exploits of the Peaky Blinders crime gang in the direct aftermath of the First World War. The fictional gang is loosely based on a real urban youth gang of the same name who were active in the city from the 1890s to the 1910s.
Peaky Blinders is arguably one of Netflix’s greatest original shows, starring a cast of excellent performers such as Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson, and the late Helen McCrory, who unfortunately died of cancer earlier this year. The drama is set in Birmingham, England just after World War I, and focuses on the criminal operations of the Shelbys, an Irish-Romani mafia family led by Murphy’s Thomas Shelby, who have ambitious aspirations to increase their dominance. Of course, there are many others competing for control of England, but the Shelbys never give up.
Peaky Blinders has featured many fantastic actors in supporting roles over the course of the series’ five seasons, with the sixth and final season coming soon, including Sam Neill as the corrupt Chief Inspector Chester Campbell, Tom Hardy as Alfie Solomons, the leader of a Jewish gang in Camden Town, and Adrien Brody as Italian-American gangster Luca Changretta. Many of the people and events in the series are based on real-life individuals and events from the time period, and the series has received critical praise.
Written by: Steven Knight, Toby Finlay
Running time: 55–65 minutes
Original release: 12 September 2013 –present
Link to watch: https://www.netflix.com/title/80002479
Bridgerton is a Shonda Rhimes-produced American streaming television historical drama series developed by Chris Van Dusen. It is based on Julia Quinn’s books, which are set during the season, when debutantes are presented at court, amid the competitive world of Regency era London’s ton. This is Shonda Rhimes’ first written Netflix series.
Bridgerton, a period comedy-drama written by Chris Van Dusen and produced by Shonda Rhimes, is a Netflix Original hit series. The drama takes place in Regency-era London during the social season, when young women eligible for marriage are introduced to society. Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) is at the heart of Season 1 when she meets Simon Bassett, Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), a very attractive bachelor who has no plans to marry anytime soon. Daphne and Simon strike an agreement to seem to be pursuing each other in order for Simon to be relieved of the enormous pressure to marry, while Daphne makes the other suitors envious and intrigued. Bridgerton’s first season was widely appreciated by critics, particularly for its ethnically diverse ensemble, and a second season is on the way.
Number of seasons: 4
First episode: Dec 25, 2020
Link to watch: https://www.netflix.com/title/80232398
Julian Fellowes developed and co-wrote Downton Abbey, a British historical drama television series set in the early twentieth century. The series premiered on ITV in the United Kingdom on September 26, 2010, and on PBS in the United States on January 9, 2011, as part of its Masterpiece Classic anthology.
Downton Abbey, another well-known historical drama, takes place in the 1910s and 1920s and focuses on the Crawley family of aristocrats. Downton Abbey, starring Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Hugh Bonneville as her son Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, and Michelle Dockery as her granddaughter Lady Mary Crawley, contrasts the drama and social maneuverings of the upper class with the everyday duties and challenges that the entire Downton Abbey estate goes through while working for the Crawleys. The program has a large cast of excellent performers, including Dan Stevens, Lily James, and others. Downton Abbey has six seasons in all, as well as one feature and a second on the way.
Created by: Julian Fellowes
Written by: Julian Fellowes
Original release: 26 September 2010 –25 December 2015
Link to watch: https://www.netflix.com/title/70213223
The Last Kingdom
The Last Kingdom is a British historical fiction television series based on Bernard Cornwell’s The Saxon Stories series of novels. It premiered in 2015 on BBC America, BBC Two and later in 2018 on Netflix.
The Last Kingdom is a historical drama about the development of England from the ninth century onwards, presenting the fictitious narrative of Uhtred, played by Alexander Dreymon, who is born an Anglo-Saxon and is adopted by the Danes, popularly known as the Vikings, in his childhood. As an adopted member, many Danes do not trust Uhtred, making him an outsider in his new family, and the Anglo-Saxons would not accept him back because of his time with the Danes. Uhtred must show himself to be a skilled warrior and leader, as well as decide if he is Anglo-Saxon, Dane, or a unique blend of the two. The Last Kingdom offers enough dramatic fights, allies and adversaries, and gorgeous warriors to pique the interest of almost everybody.
Developed by: Stephen Butchard
Composer: John Lunn
Original release: 10 October 2015 –present
Link to watch: https://www.netflix.com/title/80074249
The Last Kingdom
The Crown is a Netflix historical drama streaming television series about Queen Elizabeth II’s reign that was conceived and mostly written by Peter Morgan and produced by Left Bank Pictures and Sony Pictures Television. Morgan based it on his drama film The Queen (2006) and, in particular, his stage piece The Audience (2013).
The Crown, an award-winning series on Queen Elizabeth II’s life, is already well-known. Every two seasons contains a time leap and a completely new cast, with Queen Elizabeth being played by Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, and now Imelda Staunton, beginning with her adolescence and rise to the throne of England. Other notable actors who have appeared in the series include Matt Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Vanessa Kirby, Tobias Menzies, and Gillian Anderson, all of whom had prominent parts. Several members of the core cast have received Emmys and Golden Globes for their performances. The program has received accolades for its portrayal of the royal family, and it’s an excellent series for people with a keen interest in British history.
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Original language: English
No. of seasons: 4
Link to watch: https://www.netflix.com/title/80025678
The Legend of Mi Yue
The Legend of Mi Yue is a Chinese television series helmed by Zheng Xiaolong that was released in 2015 and is based on Jiang Shengnan’s eponymous historical novel. Sun Li plays the title character, Mi Yue. From 30 November 2015 to 9 January 2016, the series broadcast two episodes each day on Beijing TV and Dragon TV.
This is a narrative of Mi Yue, the first stateswoman and Queen Dowager in Chinese history. Mi Yue was a young princess who lived during the Warring States period in the Kingdom of Chu. Her youth was hardly pleasant, having witnessed her mother fall prey to the Queen of Chu’s intrigues. Nonetheless, she had close relationships with her sister, Mi Shu, and her father, King Wei. She was subsequently taken to Qin as a concubine as part of her sister’s dowry, which separated her from her first love, Huang Xie. Mi Yue wins King Ying Si’s favor and gives birth to a son named Ying Ji. This incites jealousy in Mi Shu, Wei Yan, the queen, and the other concubines.
After King Ying Si dies, Ying Dang becomes his heir. Mi Yue is sent to the State of Yan as an ambassador (banishment) with her son Ying Ji. However, King Ying Dang dies unexpectedly after lifting weights, leaving Qin in a state of anarchy as Ying Si’s sons vie for the throne. Mi Yue enlists the “barbarian” Yiqu army’s assistance in successfully returning to Qin, crushing political revolts, and installing her son Ying Ji on the throne.
No. of episodes: 81
Original network: Dragon TV, Beijing TV
Original release: 30 November 2015 –, 9 January 2016
Link to watch: https://www.netflix.com/vn-en/title/81400646
The Legend of Mi Yue
The Empress Ki
Empress Ki is a South Korean historical drama television series starring Ha Ji-won in the title role. From October 28, 2013 until April 29, 2014, it aired 51 episodes on MBC on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55. The series was a domestic and international success, earning the Golden Bird Prize for Serial Drama at the 9th Seoul International Drama Awards. Ha Ji-performance won’s also earned her the Grand Prize at the MBC Drama Awards.
Ki Seungnyang, a Goryeo-born lady who rises to prominence against the constraints of the era’s class structure, subsequently marries Toghon Temür (Emperor of the Mongol Empire) to become an empress of the Yuan dynasty, rather than her first love, Wang Yu. It displays Lady Ki’s affections and political aspirations while highlighting the Emperor’s strong love for her.
Writer: David Bannon
Network: Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation
First episode: Oct 28, 2013
Link to watch: https://www.netflix.com/kz/title/80093324
The Empress Ki