Last Updated: July 9th
Many of us loathed history in school, but these shows on Netflix are working to make it more interesting than any textbook ever could. They’re doing it by adding a bit of drama, a lot of flair, tons of corsets and court intrigue, murder, machinations, and political power plays. These series focus on key figures and events of the past — revolutions, wars, royal marriages, and deadly plots — bringing them to life through impeccably acted scenes starring some of the biggest names in the industry. And no, just because each of these shows touches on a moment in history does not automatically mean they’re all British.
Here are the best historical TV shows on Netflix right now.