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Shows like Orange is the New Black: Netflix Dramas

Long gone are the days of the studios' monopoly on quality content. In 2020, Netflix will spend $17 billion on original content compared to $4 billion for HBO. And Netflix lavish spending is producing some quality shows--Netflix won 27 Primetime Emmys in 2019 versus 34 for HBO.

Shows like Rome: Ancient Civilizations Brought to Life

These documentaries, dramatizations, and dramas bring ancient civilizations to life. They span across the globe, including the great Empires of China, Byzantium, and Rome.

Shows like Band of Brothers: Greatest Historical Mini-Series

There's nothing miniature about the scope of these historical mini-series; from 'Roots' to 'I, Cladius', they bring history to life in digestible chunks, without dragging on interminably (like some TV shows we know).

Shows like Kingdom: Historical Action outside Europe

Game of Thrones, Vikings, the Witcher, and countless other series are set in Europe (aka Westeros, "the Continent"). These terrific series take a global perspective--and include shows from the Ottoman Empire, ancient China, and Korea. Don't worry, they still have sword fights (and the occasional attack from the undead).

Shows Like Reign: Getting in with the Courtiers

If you're a fan of childish monarchs and tittering courtesans, then these court dramas are for you...not to be confused with court dramas about our democratic legal system, something which would make these aristocrats vomit on their perfumed lap-dogs.

Shows Like Peaky Blinders: Period Shows for Dudes

Forget the emotional life of butlers and wind-swept moors. These gritty shows are all about sword-wielding soldiers and Victorian bad guys.

Shows like Spartacus: Live by the sword, Die by the Sword

What do Ancient Rome, Medieval Florence, and the Eastern Han Dynasty have in common? No not great art or literature--sword fights. Lots and lots of sword fights. Sure some of them gratuitous in terms of advancing the plot, but how else are you going to kill your enemies (or zombies, or vampires)?

Best Period Dramas

A list of the highest-rated period dramas spanning across eras and countries, although the UK is particularly well represented.

Biggest Budget Historical Shows

When it comes to producing great historical dramas, money is not everything--but it's not nothing either since armies, cavalry, and fleets do not come cheap.

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