Best new Historical & Period costume drama's (2017 overview - TV & Netflix)



Costume dramas aren’t for everyone, but the choices within this genre are really , really good. Here is our pick. From modern piecesto old-fashioned ones.
The Vore's TV staff selects the top best costume drama TV series of 2017 on TV, DVD or Netflix. Are Natasha Leggero, Riki Lindhome & Julian Fellowes our new Costume drama genre creators?

History is always better told in tv shows than in cinema, because you really do need more time to tell something properly or really get the gist of the atmosphere in that period. It's also for that reason that period dramas are rather rare. Because they have to nail how a certain period of time looked and felt, it is pretty expensive. Nonetheless, the genre is popular, like the best watched British costume drama Downton Abbey has shown us, so studios are not too afraid to invest in something special. Netflix has never spend as much as on The Crown.


Costume drama genre statistics

Costume drama2017
Genre popularity
71%
Genre ranking#30
Familiar facesMichael Ian Black, Paget Brewster & Christina Hendricks
Trending showsWolf Hall, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel & Another Period
Amount of genre shows per year from 2010 to 2017

costume drama TV series scheduled for release this year.


2017 releases - most anticipated titles to watch

Genius ( | National Geographic)

We know Einstein as the man who developed the theory of relatively, but this show also tells the story of how the younger Einstein, a simple clerk, could not even get a teaching job or doctorate.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRW7ZB6kiNw
StarringGeoffrey Rush, Johnny Flynn, Nicholas Rowe
Themesbiographical,
CountryUnited States

Victoria ( | PBS)

The early life of Queen Victoria, from her accession to the throne at the tender age of 18 through to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x74zS1LSuto
CreatorDaisy Goodwin
StarringJenna Coleman, Daniela Holtz & Catherine Flemming
Themesroyalty, biographical, drama,
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Feud ( | FX)

The story of the rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis during the making of the classic movie What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?. It is based on the book 'Best Actress' by Jaffe Cohen & Michael Zam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qDm9D422tQ
CreatorRyan Murphy
StarringJessica Lange, Susan Sarandon & Alfred Molina
Themescompetition, based on true events, biographical,
CountryUnited States

The Halycon ( | ITV)

Downton Abbey but then set in a luxury London hotel basically. Also on ITV.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyC8BCPohV4
CreatorCharlotte Jones
StarringSteven Mackintosh, Hermione Corfield & Jamie Blackley
Themescostume drama,
CountryUnited Kingdom

Best costume drama TV series on Netflix or DVD in 2017

Best costume drama TV series out on DVD, Bluray or VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  1. Downton Abbey (Since 9-1-2011 , Season: 6 - ITV )
  2. A portrayal of an aristocratic British family and their staff, beginning at the years before the first world war. BBC’s Downton Abbey is an enormous success – you’ve probably seen it, or at least heard of it. The decadence of the Crawley family is simply nice to look at, as are the shenanigans a level below (the staff) and the relationships between the family and their personnel. Yes, most characters are one-dimensional, and the fights and struggles are simplistic. No one really cares, apparently. Neither do we.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPwaCjE8DcY

    CreatorJulian Fellowes
    StarringHugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan & Elizabeth McGovern
    Similar tv showsAnother Period
    Themesfamilies, first world war, lifestyle, drama, romance,
    Keywordsaddictive, dramatic, family-oriented, well-designed,
    CountryUnited Kingdom United States
    Rating
    85%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  3. Deadwood (Since 21-3-2004 , Season: 3 - HBO)

  4. CreatorDavid Milch
    StarringTimothy Olyphant, Ian McShane & Molly Parker
    Similar tv showsLongmire
    Themescorruption, crime, drama,
    Keywordsaccurate, action-packed, believable, dramatic, great,
    CountryUnited States
    Rating
    90%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  5. Bleakhouse (Since 22-1-2006 , Season: 1 - BBC One)
  6. Based on the novel by Charles Dickens, Bleak House captures the injustices of the 19th-century English legal system.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yX8dGtyhSHk

    CreatorCharles Dickens
    StarringAnna Maxwell Martin, Denis Lawson & Carey Mulligan
    Similar tv showsLittle Dorrit, Cranford
    Themesjustice, law, drama,
    Keywordsdramatic, entertaining, historical, thought provoking,
    CountryUnited Kingdom United States
    Rating
    85%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  7. Mad Men (Since 19-7-2007 , Season: 7 - AMC)
  8. The famous drama revolving around Don Draper: the creative director of an advertising firm who has a lot to hide.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfuMhXcLa-Q&spfreload=10

    CreatorMatthew Weiner
    StarringJon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss & Vincent Kartheiser
    Similar tv showsThe Sopranos and The Wire
    Themesadvertising, drama,
    Keywordsauthentic, charismatic, classic, critically acclaimed, outstanding,
    CountryUnited States
    Rating
    90%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  9. Mr Selfridge (Since 31-3-2013 , Season: 4 - ITV)
  10. The story of Harry Gordon Selfridge, an American entrepeneur with a department store in London.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLborDbtx3M

    CreatorAndrew Davies
    StarringRon Cook, Amy Beth Hayes & Tom Goodman-Hill
    Similar tv showsThe Paradise, Call the Midwife
    Themeslifestyle, drama,
    Keywordsdramatic, glamorous, noteworthy, well-designed,
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Rating
    75%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  11. Little Dorrit (Since 29-3-2009 , Season: 1 - BBC One)
  12. Another mini-series based on a Dickens book. Amy Dorrit carries the burden of taking care of her family, since her father is in debtors' prison.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzXMljRHfas

    CreatorCharles Dickens
    StarringClaire Foy, Matthew Macfadyen & Tom Courtenay
    Similar tv showsWives and Daughters, Cranford
    Themesfamilies, money, overcoming, drama, romance,
    Keywordsdramatic, historical, romantic,
    CountryUnited Kingdom United States
    Rating
    80%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

Recent 2016 shows

Good costume drama TV series that did not make the decade list

Wolf Hall (Since 5-4-2015 , Season: 1 - BBC Two)

A historical mini-series about Thomas Cromwell, the advisor of King Henry VIII.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kT2lMkhldc

CreatorPeter Straughan
StarringMark Rylance, Damian Lewis & Claire Foy
Similar tv showsPoldark and Arthur & George
Themesfree will, manipulation, royalty, drama, historical,
Keywordscaptivating, dramatic, historical, romantic,
CountryUnited Kingdom
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrel (Since 13-6-2015 , Season: 1 - BBC One)

Once, magic was common in England. Two peculiar men are destined to bring it back during the 19th century. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrel is a very rewarding show: it captures the history of England very well and incorporates the fantasy-elements beautifully.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE1nsOoTJos

CreatorPeter Harness
StarringBertie Carvel, Eddie Marsan & Marc Warren
Similar tv showsPoldark, Wolf Hall
Themesambitions, competition, fantasy, historical,
Keywordsbased on a novel, heartfelt, mysterious, well-designed,
CountryUnited Kingdom
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

Another Period (Since 23-6-2015 , Season: 1 - Comedy Central)

The ridiculously rich Bellacourts family and their shenanigans. A fun show about spoiled aristocrats.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxCqZXeqfj4

CreatorNatasha Leggero & Riki Lindhome (Tubbin' with Tash)
StarringMichael Ian Black, Paget Brewster & Christina Hendricks
Similar tv showsDownton Abbey
Themesfamilies, lifestyle, comedy,
Keywordsdramatic, emotional, historical, traditional,
CountryUnited States
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes