Best new Historical & Period costume drama's (2017 list - 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 TV series2017
Popular actorsMichael Ian Black, Paget Brewster & Christina Hendricks
Trending TV SeriesWolf Hall, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel & Another Period

2017 releases - most anticipated costume drama TV series to watch

    The Feud (Sunday March 5, 2017)

    The Feud tv poster Creator
    Ryan Murphy
    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

    Victoria (Sunday January 15, 2017)

    Victoria tv poster Creator
    Daisy Goodwin
    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

    Genius (Thursday January 19, 2017)

    Genius tv poster Creator
    Michael Grandage
    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

    The Halcyon (Saturday January 2, 2016)

    The Halcyon tv poster Creator
    Charlotte Jones
    Annabelle Apsion
    Mark Benton
    Jamie Blackley

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

Best costume drama TV series on Netflix or DVD in 2017 & 2016

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

    Little Dorrit (Sunday March 29, 2009)

    Little Dorrit tv poster Creator
    Charles Dickens
    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

    Mr Selfridge (Sunday March 31, 2013)

    Mr Selfridge tv poster Creator
    Andrew Davies
    Ron Cook
    Jeremy Piven
    Tom Goodman-Hill

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

    Bleakhouse (Sunday January 22, 2006)

    Bleakhouse tv poster Creator
    Charles Dickens
    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

    Downton Abbey (Sunday January 9, 2011)

    Downton Abbey tv poster Creator
    Julian Fellowes
    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

    Deadwood (Sunday March 21, 2004)

    Deadwood tv poster Creator
    David Milch
    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...Read more

    Mad Men (Thursday July 19, 2007)

    Mad Men tv poster Creator
    Matthew Weiner
    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

Costume drama genre statistics

Costume drama2017
Genre popularity
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.