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
Michael Ian Black, Paget Brewster & Christina Hendricks
Wolf 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 (19-1-2017 | 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.
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
Steven Mackintosh, Hermione Corfield & Jamie Blackley
Best costume drama TV series on Netflix or DVD in 2017
Best costume drama TV series out on DVD, Bluray or VOD (Netflix, Amazon).
Downton Abbey (Since 9-1-2011 , Season: 6 - ITV )
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.
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.