What are the best historical dramas?

Dave - Contributor

As they say, 'History favors the bold'. But really, were the lives of certain historical figures that bold, to the point that it deserved to be pondered upon by television? Well, we may never really know, simply because we live in the present. But at least, you can come closer to the era of royals, scavengers, or tribal conquests when you start binge-watching historical dramas. So, allow us take you to the past with some of the best shows that feature bits and pieces of historical facts as you will find on this list. But mind you, not everything that you'll see from these shows are a hundred percent accurate. But who cares? A little bit of imagination and creative license added to history still sounds fun, don't you think? Enjoy!

  1. 1Vikings


    Vikings is one of the most addictive historical dramas you'd get to watch because of its great plot and complex characters. Watch the series and be transported to the European heartland from way back. There, you'll gladly follow the story of how Ragnar Lothbrok became the ultimate leader of the Viking tribes.

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  1. 2Downton Abbey


    Downton Abbey is a drama series that beautifully explores the intricacies of bloodlines and social status in the post-Edwardian era of the 1900's. Throughout its full six-season run, you'll get to follow how the lives of the Crawley family has impacted great events in history and the entirety of the British social hierarchy.

  2. 3The Crown


    You already might have heard of all the good things about this Netflix original historical drama. However, you still need to dive into the series to fully understand the story of Queen Elizabeth II as she is tasked to lead the world's most famous monarchy, beginning at a young age.

  1. 4Outlander


    There's too much to like about Outlander, but you probably need to watch all of its seasons to fully understand what it's all about. Based on Diana Gabaldon's novel of the same name, the series features a series of stories which combine fantasy, romance, and drama, all set in different timelines of history.

  2. 5Peaky Blinders


    Peaky Blinders is a crime drama series that lets you experience the grit and grind of post-World War I England. Follow the story of Thomas Shelby and his family as they they try to move up the ranks of society as well as the criminal world.

  3. 6The Tudors


    King Henry VIII is a very well-known historical figure. But there's more of his backstories and tales which you need to uncover. This is why watching The Tudors can be a good option for you. Follow the series to see how the infamous Tudor monarch managed his role both as a king and as a lover.

  4. 7The Borgias


    Well, it's a series with a very daring subject, but its also considered by many as one of the most historically-accurate dramas you'll find on television. The Borgias follows the story of a family who was able to take hold of the Catholic Church through a series of murders and other crimes, all taking place in one of the darkest periods of history.

  5. 8Poldark


    Watching Poldark will give you a deeper understanding of how life was like around the world during the American Revolution. The series follows the story of Ross Poldark, a man who returns home to England after being in war for a long time. 

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With their intricate costumes and production designs, historical dramas can cost a lot. But did you know that one well-known title from the genre actually spent a whopping $13 million for each episode? Yes, the 2016 historical drama series 'The Crown' actually spent that much. In fact, it became the most expensive Netflix original series after its three seasons. But, with brilliant performances from its lead actresses Olivia Colman and Claire Floy, partnered with a knack for historical accuracy, nobody can really question the tremendous cost of production for this Queen Elizabeth II epic. 

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  • #1
    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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  • #2
    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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    Downton Abbey
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1VikingsTV Shows 17 Paid
2Downton AbbeyTV Shows 14 Paid
3The CrownTV Shows 11 Paid
4OutlanderTV Shows 3 Paid
5Peaky BlindersTV Shows 3 Paid
6The TudorsTV Shows 2 Paid
7The BorgiasTV Shows 2 Paid
8PoldarkTV Shows 1 Paid

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