Best new Historical & Period costume drama's in 2018 & 2017 (Netflix & TV List)

The Vore's TV staff selects the top best costume drama TV series of 2018 on TV, DVD or Netflix. Are Natasha Leggero, Riki Lindhome & Julian Fellowes our new Costume drama genre creators?

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.

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.

New costume drama TV series in 2018

Top series up for release in 2018

  • Les Miserables

    CAST: Adeel Akhtar, Olivia Colman, David & Oyelowo

    Victor Hugo's historical romantic tale was already brought to the big screen with 2012's musical movie Les Miserables. This time, it gets a TV Version, and again is set against the backdrop... Read more

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  • Vanity Fair

    CAST: Olivia Cooke, Johnny Flynn & Claudia Jessie

    An adaptation of the 1848 novel called Vanity Fair, A Novel Without A Hero by William Makepeace Thackeray. A satire on 19th century Britain. Read more

    RATING: 70/100

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  • La Peste

    CAST: Pablo Molinero, Paco León & Sergio Castellanos

    A Character driven historic thriller set in 16th century Seville, at the time of a horrible plague epidemic. Several corpses are found, but they were murdered, not victim of the plague. Read more

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  • Gunpowder

    CREATOR: Ronan Bennett, Kit Harington & Daniel West
    CAST: Kit Harington, Liv Tyler & Edward Holcroft

    Game of Thrones' sweetheart Kit Harington in a great UK Series about an important part of British history. He plays the famous 17th century activist Guy Fawkes who plans to kill King James the... Read more

    RATING: 88/100

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Best costume drama TV series of 2017

Top rated 2017 costume drama TV series

  • The Feud

    CREATOR: Ryan Murphy
    CAST: Jessica Lange Susan Sarandon Alfred Molina

    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 Read more

    RATING: /100

    RELEASE DATE: March 5th, 2017

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  • Victoria

    CREATOR: Daisy Goodwin
    CAST: Jenna Coleman Daniela Holtz Adrian Schiller

    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. Read more

    RATING: 83/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 15th, 2017

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  • The Halcyon

    CREATOR: Charlotte Jones
    CAST: Annabelle Apsion Mark Benton Jamie Blackley


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

    RATING: 72/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 2nd, 2016

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  • Genius

    CREATOR: Michael Grandage
    CAST: Colin Firth Jude Law Nicole Kidman

    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. Read more

    RATING: 83/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 19th, 2017

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Best costume drama TV series on Netflix or DVD in 2018

2010's best rated costume drama TV series out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  • Deadwood

    CREATOR: David Milch
    CAST: Timothy Olyphant Ian McShane Molly Parker

    The story is set in the late nineteenth century and highlights the town of Deadwood and its inhabitants that are surrounded by crime, corruption and malice. Read more

    RATING: 87/100

    RELEASE DATE: March 21st, 2004

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  • Downton Abbey

    CREATOR: Julian Fellowes
    CAST: Hugh Bonneville Phyllis Logan Elizabeth McGovern

    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. Read more

    RATING: 87/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 9th, 2011

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  • Mad Men

    CREATOR: Matthew Weiner
    CAST: Jon Hamm Elisabeth Moss Vincent Kartheiser

    The famous drama revolving around Don Draper: the creative director of an advertising firm who has a lot to hide. Read more

    RATING: 86/100

    RELEASE DATE: July 19th, 2007

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  • Bleakhouse

    CREATOR: Charles Dickens
    CAST: Anna Maxwell Martin Denis Lawson Carey Mulligan

    Based on the novel by Charles Dickens, Bleak House captures the injustices of the 19th-century English legal system. Read more

    RATING: 85/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 22nd, 2006

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  • Little Dorrit

    CREATOR: Charles Dickens
    CAST: Claire Foy Matthew Macfadyen Tom Courtenay

    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. Read more

    RATING: 83/100

    RELEASE DATE: March 29th, 2009

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  • Mr Selfridge

    CREATOR: Andrew Davies
    CAST: Ron Cook Jeremy Piven Tom Goodman-Hill

    The story of Harry Gordon Selfridge, an American entrepeneur with a department store in London. Read more

    RATING: 77/100

    RELEASE DATE: March 31st, 2013

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