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Peaky Blinders

Crime Drama United Kingdom 2013

Peaky Blinders

Crime Drama United Kingdom 2013

  • Peaky Blinders
  • 8,5/10

5 seasons, 30 episodes

A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world.

The White Princess

Drama USA 2017

The White Princess

Drama USA 2017

  • The White Princess
  • 8,3/10

1 season, 8 episodes

The story of Elizabeth of York, the White Queen's daughter, and her marriage to the Lancaster victor, Henry VII. Based on the Philippa Gregory book of the same name.

Deadwood

Crime Drama Western USA 2004

Deadwood

Crime Drama Western USA 2004

  • Deadwood
  • 8,2/10

3 seasons, 36 episodes

The story of the early days of Deadwood, South Dakota; woven around actual historic events with most of the main characters based on real people. Deadwood starts as a gold mining camp and gradually turns from a lawless wild-west community into an organized wild-west civilized town. The story focuses on the real-life characters Seth Bullock and Al Swearengen.

Rome

Action & Adventure Drama USA 2005

Rome

Action & Adventure Drama USA 2005

  • Rome
  • 8,2/10

2 seasons, 22 episodes

A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.

Kingdom

Action & Adventure Drama Mystery South Korea 2019

Kingdom

Action & Adventure Drama Mystery South Korea 2019

  • Kingdom
  • 8,1/10

2 seasons, 12 episodes

In this zombie thriller set in Korea's medieval Joseon dynasty, a crown prince is sent on a suicide mission to investigate a mysterious outbreak.

Kingdom

Action & Adventure Drama Mystery South Korea 2019

Kingdom

Action & Adventure Drama Mystery South Korea 2019

  • Kingdom
  • 8,1/10

2 seasons, 12 episodes

In this zombie thriller set in Korea's medieval Joseon dynasty, a crown prince is sent on a suicide mission to investigate a mysterious outbreak.

War and Peace

Drama History Romance United Kingdom 2016

War and Peace

Drama History Romance United Kingdom 2016

  • War and Peace
  • 8,0/10

1 season, 6 episodes

A story that revolves around five aristocratic families, set during the reign of Alexander I, and centered on the love triangle between Natasha Rostova, Pierre Bezukhov, and Andrei Bolkonsky.

My Only Love Song

Drama South Korea 2017

My Only Love Song

Drama South Korea 2017

  • My Only Love Song
  • 8,0/10

1 season, 20 episodes

Song Soo-Jung is an arrogant pop star who believes not only that status and money can get you anywhere, but that it defines your worth. She accidentally falls into a time-slip portal and travels back in time to the Joseon era where she meets On-Dal, a man who loves money yet is generous to those without.

Versailles

Drama Canada France 2015

Versailles

Drama Canada France 2015

  • Versailles
  • 7,9/10

3 seasons, 30 episodes

The story of a young Louis XIV on his journey to become the most powerful monarch in Europe, from his battles with the fronde through his development into the Sun King. Historical and fictional characters guide us in a world of betrayal and political maneuvering, revealing Versailles in all its glory and brutality.

The Pillars of the Earth

Drama USA 2010

  • The Pillars of the Earth
  • 7,8/10

1 season, 8 episodes

A sweeping epic of good and evil, treachery and intrigue, violence and beauty, a sensuous, spirited story set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles in 12th Century England.

The Best TV Shows: historical drama on Netflix

Kingdom

Action & Adventure Drama Mystery South Korea 2019

Kingdom

Action & Adventure Drama Mystery South Korea 2019

  • Kingdom
  • 8,1/10

2 seasons, 12 episodes

In this zombie thriller set in Korea's medieval Joseon dynasty, a crown prince is sent on a suicide mission to investigate a mysterious outbreak.

Kingdom

Action & Adventure Drama Mystery South Korea 2019

Kingdom

Action & Adventure Drama Mystery South Korea 2019

  • Kingdom
  • 8,1/10

2 seasons, 12 episodes

In this zombie thriller set in Korea's medieval Joseon dynasty, a crown prince is sent on a suicide mission to investigate a mysterious outbreak.

My Only Love Song

Drama South Korea 2017

My Only Love Song

Drama South Korea 2017

  • My Only Love Song
  • 8,0/10

1 season, 20 episodes

Song Soo-Jung is an arrogant pop star who believes not only that status and money can get you anywhere, but that it defines your worth. She accidentally falls into a time-slip portal and travels back in time to the Joseon era where she meets On-Dal, a man who loves money yet is generous to those without.

The Last Kingdom

Action & Adventure Drama United Kingdom 2015

The Last Kingdom

Action & Adventure Drama United Kingdom 2015

  • The Last Kingdom
  • 7,8/10

4 seasons, 36 episodes

A show of heroic deeds and epic battles with a thematic depth that embraces politics, religion, warfare, courage, love, loyalty and our universal search for identity. Combining real historical figures and events with fictional characters, it is the story of how a people combined their strength under one of the most iconic kings of history in order to reclaim their land for themselves and build a place they call home.

Marco Polo

Action & Adventure Drama USA 2014

Marco Polo

Action & Adventure Drama USA 2014

  • Marco Polo
  • 7,4/10

2 seasons, 20 episodes

An epic adventure that follows the early years of the famous explorer as he travels the exotic Silk Road to the great Kublai Khan’s court. But Marco soon finds that navigating the Khan’s world of greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry will be his greatest challenge yet, even as he becomes a trusted companion to the Khan in his violent quest to become the Emperor of the World.

My Country: The New Age

Action & Adventure Drama South Korea 2019

My Country: The New Age

Action & Adventure Drama South Korea 2019

1 season, 16 episodes

Set during the turbulent time of the fall of Goryeo and the founding of Joseon, two former friends face-off against one another over a woman and the future shape of the nation.

Frontier

Action & Adventure Drama Canada 2016

Frontier

Action & Adventure Drama Canada 2016

  • Frontier
  • 6,3/10

3 seasons, 18 episodes

The chaotic and violent struggle to control wealth and power in the North American fur trade in late 18th century Canada. Told from multiple perspectives, Frontier takes place in a world where business negotiations might be resolved with close-quarter hatchet fights, and where delicate relations between native tribes and Europeans can spark bloody conflicts.

The Best TV Shows: historical drama (2019)

Kingdom

Action & Adventure Drama Mystery South Korea 2019

Kingdom

Action & Adventure Drama Mystery South Korea 2019

  • Kingdom
  • 8,1/10

2 seasons, 12 episodes

In this zombie thriller set in Korea's medieval Joseon dynasty, a crown prince is sent on a suicide mission to investigate a mysterious outbreak.

Kingdom

Action & Adventure Drama Mystery South Korea 2019

Kingdom

Action & Adventure Drama Mystery South Korea 2019

  • Kingdom
  • 8,1/10

2 seasons, 12 episodes

In this zombie thriller set in Korea's medieval Joseon dynasty, a crown prince is sent on a suicide mission to investigate a mysterious outbreak.

My Country: The New Age

Action & Adventure Drama South Korea 2019

My Country: The New Age

Action & Adventure Drama South Korea 2019

1 season, 16 episodes

Set during the turbulent time of the fall of Goryeo and the founding of Joseon, two former friends face-off against one another over a woman and the future shape of the nation.

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Queen of Jhansi

Drama War & Politics India 2009

Queen of Jhansi

Drama War & Politics India 2009

1 season, 480 episodes

Ek Veer Stree Ki Kahaani... Jhansi Ki Rani is an Indian historical drama based on the life of Lakshmi Bai, the Rani of Jhansi, one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. The series was directed by Jitendra Srivastava and written by Rajesh Saksham, Ila Dutta Bedi, Malavika Asthana and Mairaj Zaidi. It premiered on 18 August 2009 on Zee TV with Ulka Gupta playing Queen Lakshmi Bai. On 8 June 2010 the story moved on several years and Kratika Sengar portrayed the Queen from there on. The show's last episode went to air on 19 June 2011.

Jodha & Akbar

Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy India 2013

Jodha & Akbar

Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy India 2013

1 season, 179 episodes

Jodha Akbar is an epic drama about a sixteenth century story of the political marriage of convenience between a Mughal emperor Abu'l-Fath Jalal ud-din Muhammad Akbar and a Rajput princess Jodha Bai. The show focuses on how their political marriage brings love between them to an extent that it changed the fate of India. This period drama also portrays the wars of that time along with the relations between the Mughals and the Rajputs. The drama also focuses on the functioning of the queens, the courts, courtesans, the ministers and their influence on the love story of Jalal ud-din Muhammad Akbar and Jodha Bai. The show also highlights on how Mughal emperor Jalal ud-din Muhammad acquires the title of Akbar from the people.

Ladies of the Palace

Drama War & Politics South Korea 2001

Ladies of the Palace

Drama War & Politics South Korea 2001

1 season, 151 episodes

This drama depicts the in-fighting between women in the palace from the reign of Jungjong to Injong, particularly the power struggle featuring Queen Munjeong and Jung Nan Jung, her sister-in-law, and the way they pulled the strings behind the scenes.

Magnificent Century

Action & Adventure Drama Turkey 2011

Magnificent Century

Action & Adventure Drama Turkey 2011

  • Magnificent Century
  • 7,2/10

4 seasons, 139 episodes

Muhteşem Yüzyıl is a prime time historical Turkish television series. It was originally broadcast on Show TV and then transferred to Star TV. It is based on the life of Suleiman the Magnificent, the longest reigning Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, and his wife Hürrem Sultan, a slave girl who became a Sultan.

Magnificent Century

Action & Adventure Drama Turkey 2011

Magnificent Century

Action & Adventure Drama Turkey 2011

  • Magnificent Century
  • 7,2/10

4 seasons, 139 episodes

Muhteşem Yüzyıl is a prime time historical Turkish television series. It was originally broadcast on Show TV and then transferred to Star TV. It is based on the life of Suleiman the Magnificent, the longest reigning Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, and his wife Hürrem Sultan, a slave girl who became a Sultan.

Vikings

Action & Adventure Drama Canada 2013

Vikings

Action & Adventure Drama Canada 2013

  • Vikings
  • 7,7/10

6 seasons, 89 episodes

The adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok, the greatest hero of his age. The series tells the sagas of Ragnar's band of Viking brothers and his family, as he rises to become King of the Viking tribes. As well as being a fearless warrior, Ragnar embodies the Norse traditions of devotion to the gods. Legend has it that he was a direct descendant of Odin, the god of war and warriors.

King Sejong the Great

Drama South Korea 2008

King Sejong the Great

Drama South Korea 2008

1 season, 86 episodes

"The Great King, Sejong" is a full-scale political drama describing how King Sejong and his loyal retainers cooperate and contrive to make his dynasty a better place. While King Sejong was on the throne, the Joseon Dynasty enjoyed increasing prosperity. The drama shows the dramatic processes of how so many new cultural heritages have been devised. At that time, "Hangul", the native phonemic alphabet system for Korean language was first invented and introduced. Before it was made, Chinese characters had been used for a written communication, which makes it extremely difficult for ordinary people to learn and use. "Hangul" is easy to learn for its simple and scientific principles. Other than "Hangul" itself, there had been so many cultural heritages during his regime including a rain gauge, a sundial, an hourglass to name a few. Also, King Sejong’s pragmatic diplomacy is concentrated in the drama. Then, the Joseon Dynasty was facing a powerful Ming dynasty of China, and King Sejong demonstrates the essence of pragmatism with dignity.

The Iron Empress

Drama South Korea 2009

The Iron Empress

Drama South Korea 2009

1 season, 78 episodes

Empress Cheonchu is a 2009 South Korean period television series based on the titular character, an actual historical figure and her lifelong struggle to protect the country her ancestors built. The granddaughter of Goryeo Dynasty founder Taejo Wanggeon, the empress ruled as the regent for her son Mokjong, the dynasty's seventh ruler. Determined to realize her ambitious goals for the kingdom of Goryeo, she dons armor, battles against foreign invaders, and tramples her lover, her son and brother in her rise to power.

Reign

Drama USA 2013

Reign

Drama USA 2013

  • Reign
  • 6,9/10

4 seasons, 78 episodes

Mary, Queen of Scots, faces political and sexual intrigue in the treacherous world of the French court.

Winds of Change

Drama Saudi Arabia 2018

Winds of Change

Drama Saudi Arabia 2018

2 seasons, 60 episodes

In the wake of the significant societal changes in the 1970s, the life of a Saudi family is turned upside down after sheltering a baby found at the mosque.