What are the best historical dramas?

Human history is so long and diverse that it can be quite difficult to tell facts and fiction apart. There's no denying though that it makes for a great subject matter in historical drama shows. As the name suggests, "historical dramas" are works set in the past and can include historical fiction and romances. While these works are fictional, that doesn't mean that they don't include any real-life facts or references to people or events. The validity and accuracy of the historical information used could be debated. It really depends on the source material that was used in the first place though. They could feature accurate locations and personalities but could tell highly-fictionalized narratives. Braveheart, Les Miserable, and Schindler's List are great examples of this point.

A distinction has to be made though, with regards to "period dramas". They are fictional works that are based on a particular time or period in history rather than the place and people themselves. A historical drama could sometimes be considered as a period drama but the same can't be said for the latter. Let's use some popular shows (spoiler alert) as examples to better illustrate the differences. The Crown is a historical drama about Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that happened during her rule. Another popular show, Downton Abbey, is an example of a period drama. It chronicles the lives of a fictional aristocratic family, the Crawley, and their servants during the early 20th century. Interested in finding out more? Check our list below where we named some of the best historical dramas that you can watch today. 

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    #1Vikings

    Vikings

    Vikings is a historical drama television by the History channel that tells the story of Ragnar Lothbrok, a legendary Viking and the first to emerge from Norse legend and onto the pages of history. 

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    Stephen Grant
    Written on February 4, 2020
    "I would go so far as to say that Vikings is even better than Game of Thrones and is definitely one of the best historical dramas that is worth checking out. You won't be disappointed with this show."
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    #2Downton Abbey

    Downton Abbey

    Downton Abbey is a British period drama TV series directed by Brian Percival and produced by Julian Fellowers. It was released September 26, 2010, and ended December 25, 2015. It starred Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, and Jim Carter.

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    Christina Weber
    Written on February 4, 2020
    "I enjoyed every riveting moment of this show and I would recommend it to anyone as one of the best historical dramas that they could watch right now. "
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    #3Outlander

    Outlander
    Outlander is a fantasy romance TV show that premiered in 2014 and stars Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, and Duncan Lacroix. An English combat nurse from 1945 is mysteriously swept back in time and finds herself in 1743.
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    #4Peaky Blinders

    Peaky Blinders

    Peaky Blinders is a British TV drama that tells the story of the Peaky Binders crime gang, set in Birmingham during the aftermath of the First World War. The show centers on the fight of this criminal gang against the police.

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    #5The Crown

    The Crown

    The Crown is a Netflix original series wherein we discover Britain's royal family's romances, political rivalries, personal intrigues, and events that shaped the world during the 20th century. It is, particularly about Queen Elizabeth II.

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Summary

Best What are the best historical dramas
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1VikingsTV Shows 17 Paid
2Downton AbbeyTV Shows 11 Paid
3OutlanderTV Shows 9 Paid
4Peaky BlindersTV Shows 2 Paid
5The CrownTV Shows 1 Paid
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