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15 Of The Best Period Drama Series On Netflix Right Now

Tired of the rolling garbage fire we’re currently calling our reality? Sorta wish you were somewhere else? Cue up these period dramas on Netflix and transport yourself to another time and place.

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Peaky Blinders | 2013-2022

Set in 1900s England, this gritty series follows the Peaky Blinders crime gang just after World War I — and Cillian Murphy kills (often literally) as the crew’s cunning and ruthless boss.

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Bridgerton | 2020 - present

I mean... right? Set against the backdrop of the Regency era, this Shondaland series based on Julie Quinn’s romance novels has it all: fashion, feuding, gossip, sex, and so much more.

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The Last Kingdom | 2015 - 2022

The year is 866. The setting is Northumbria. A young Saxon named Uhtred gets kidnapped by the Danes. But what happens when the very people who kidnapped him become his new family? This is one identity crisis you’ll want to watch.

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Kingdom | 2019 - present

If you like South Korean cinema (ahem, Squid Game fans), here you go. Set in Korea’s medieval Joseon period, it tells the story of a crown prince investigating a mysterious plague. A period piece with a side of zombie apocalypse? Yes, please.

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The Queen’s Gambit | 2020

Orphaned at 9, introvert Beth Harmon comes to discover a passion — and innate talent — for chess. What follows is a meteoric rise to stardom in the 1960s, but it doesn’t come without a cost. You don’t need to know chess to obsess over this one.

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Outlander | 2014 - present

Your mom, sister, best friend, and hairstylist have all been hassling you to watch this time-traveling series for years. It’s time. Seriously. Come for Claire Randall’s impeccable wardrobe and stay for her steamy love story with Scottish warrior Jamie.

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Anne With an E | 2017 - 2019

If you were obsessed with Anne of Green Gables growing up — and really, who wasn’t? — the Netflix adaptation should be next in your queue. Watch the adventures of this precocious 19th-century orphan through a new lens.

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Reign | 2013 - 2017

To quote the official IMDB logline for this series, “Mary, Queen of Scots, faces political and sexual intrigue in the treacherous world of the French court.” So, expect to see the scandalous side of late-sixteenth-century royalty.

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Alias Grace | 2017

In full disclosure, you’re going to blow through this series and feel salty it never became a full show. Set in 19th-century Canada, it examines the case of a young Irish immigrant on trial for double murder.

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Cable Girls | 2017 - 2020

Four women from four different backgrounds find common ground as newly hired operators for a phone company in 1920s Madrid. From equality to sexuality, the series doesn’t shy away from smart and serious subject matter — wrapped up in a fun and glossy package.

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Downton Abbey | 2010 - 2015

Ah, ‘twas the British period drama that launched the collective viewing world’s obsession with Masterpiece TV. Set on a fictional country estate in Yorkshire in the 1920s, this riveting series chronicles the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family.

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The Rise of Phoenixes | 2018

The Rise of Phoenixes (or Tian sheng chang ge) centers on Ning Yi, the brilliant but calculating sixth prince of the Tiansheng kingdom. Sadly, you don’t see nearly enough of his female foil, Fang Zhiwei, but what you do see of the two will engross you.

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The Borgias | 2011-2013

This series is set in Renaissance-era Italy, so it should come as no surprise that it’s full of eye-candy fashion. Even more head-turning than the style, though, is the scandalous rise of the Borgias family to the papacy.

The Crown | 2016 - present

Do you love to sip on some piping-hot royal family tea? If so, The Crown may already be on your radar. Time to start watching! Follow along as this historical drama breathes new life into the story of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.

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The King’s Affection | 2021 - present

Another series that takes place in the Joseon period, this Korean drama begins with the birth of royal twins, an order to kill one, and later, a case of assumed identity. There’s a lot to unpack here, and the show does it beautifully.

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