#21: Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond (2014)
A look at the man who created James Bond. This one is just plain, old-fashioned fun. Fleming is rated TV-MA.
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#22: Murdoch Mysteries (2008)
An amusing Canadian mystery series set during the early 1900s. While some of the dialogue can be stilted at times, I really love the main character! It’s definitely fun seeing the various mysteries unfold.
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#23: Bomb Girls (2012)
A Canadian look at WWII. While I haven’t seen it, we have a review here to give you an idea of what the show is all about.
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#24: Jewel in the Crown (1984)
Another period drama still on my list to see, The Jewel in the Crown won a Golden Globe for Best Mini-Series and several Emmy Awards as well. This one does contain graphic content including a rape that is central to the story. It’s set in India at the end of British rule.
#25: Mad Men (2007)
When I first started Mad Men, I hated all the characters and couldn’t get into it. It’s seriously about a bunch of terrible people working at an advertising company. Somehow, however, I just couldn’t take my eyes away from Don Draper and all of his lies. Finally, I just had to keep watching. The highlight (for me anyway) of the series is the strange friendship between Don and Peggy. On a side note, there is definitely adult content in this, but most of the time Mad Men is rated TV-14.
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64 thoughts on “25 Period Dramas to Watch on Netflix – Mini-Series and TV Shows Edition (2015)”
Black Sails – you missed that out!
I just picked 25 titles from Netflix in the U.S. Black Sails isn’t available.
Just to warn you, Island At War does not have an ending. The writer died and it was cancelled. It was very frustrating. You can catch a glimpse of Sam Heughan from Outlander too. My favorite is Phillip Glenister, though.
Thanks for sharing. I didn’t know that it didn’t have an ending. I hate that. Is there any sort of closure at all?
Not really. It is dissapointing. There is also nudity. Not for kids
Okay, thanks for the info.
No closure. It was such a shame. I got really invested in some of the plot lines.
I definitely feel hesitant about watching this one now.
Murdoch Mysteries is one of my faves! I have wacthed North and South a ridiculous number of times! So Good!
I was just watching it again the other day. North and South never gets old.
Two mini series that can be streamed on pbs.org right now that are amazing are “Poldark” and “The crimson field”. These mini series are excellent!
Poldark is awesome! I completely agree. I haven’t checked out The Crimson Field yet though. But it’s on my list!
I’d love to watch Poldark but only the latest 3 episode are on there. Or am I mistaken? Am I missing it somewhere?
I just bought the DVD. Totally worth it.
what is the top picture from?
When Calls the Heart. 🙂
Crimson Field is great, as is Larkrise to Candleford.
I would love it if both were on Netflix. I haven’t seen Crimson Field yet, but Lark Rise is a definite favorite of mine.
World without End was also an amazing mini series. It focused during the time period of the 100 years war.
When I was narrowing it down to 25, I decided not to include this one, but thanks for bringing it up. Personally, I couldn’t get into it, but a lot may like it.
Surprised Peaky Blinders didn’t make the cut. While it may be a more rough and tumble than some of the titles that made the list it would seem to meet the criteria and from what I have feasted on so far, it’s delicious.
Also, for those who love their western setting, Hell on Wheels gives you a very “Sam Elliot” spirit in a leading man, strong female characters, along with grit and intrigue.
I have to admit that our site tends to prefer the less graphic period dramas, so while I included a few with adult content and gave a warning, I hoped they weren’t extremely graphic. Looking at the advisory of Peaky Blinders and seeing the excessive gore warning, I finally decided against it. The same for “Hell on Wheels,” but I admit to seeing neither if anyone wants to throw their two cents in.
Oh no I can totally understand that. I suppose I looked at it for the content in the context of the show and in that found that for ME personally it “fit.” Though I could totally understand why if others prefered to avoid that sort of content all together why the site or viewers would avoid the programs mentioned.
Hell on Wheels is in my top three all time favorites…great characters…yes some violence
Which show is the main article picture from? 🙂
Bomb Girls was horrible. Badly acted, I just could not get past the first episode even.
Yeah, not every one of these will be for everyone. I still want to give it a chance eventually, though it’s not on the top of my list.
i liked that one.
I watched Jewel in the Crown recently and hate to describe it so harshly but it was awful. The rape is only the tip of the iceberg and not even the most offensive part. There’s also torture with male nudity tossed into the mix and other very sexual scenarios. Not only that, there’s almost zero happiness involved in anyone’s life and it doesn’t really end that nicely. Just a heads up!
Thanks for letting me know. It’s hard to tell when you haven’t seen it. All I knew is that it won a ton of awards. Doesn’t sound like something I want to watch personally.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE VELVET! My Favorite show!
I’ve only watched a few episodes so far but I love it too!
Absolutely agree Velvet is the best from the cast to the music and all!
LOVE LOVE LOVE North & South!
Me too! I can never get enough.
Totally agree! The chemistry between Margaret and Mr. Thornton is just amazing! And the ending…….there are just no words to describe how wonderful it is.
Where’s Larkrise to Candleford? Definitely one of my favorites
No Lark Rise on Netflix. I wish! It’s one of my favorites too.
Out of all on the list, Dancing on the Edge was really one of my favorites, mystery, murder, and intrigue. I also enjoyed The Hour which was not included in this list but is worth the watch.Thanks for all of the recommendations.
I finally checked out Dancing on the Edge. It was really really good. And The Hour is amazing, just not on Netflix.
thanks for the recommendations! I am now a Heartie! When Calls the Heart is sooooo good! Even my oldest loves it.
Glad to hear it!
I love North & South; Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (saw all 3 seasons), Father Brown (although not here) is often hilarious and still serious at same time. I’m starting to watch Velvet; saw till 2×6 of When calls the Heart (don’t know if they’re going on with the show).
If you enjoy a good period drama (even if it is in a foreign language) I suggest Elisa di Rivombrosa and La Dama Velata (both Italian fiction)…they’re lovely and I enjoyed every bit of them. Try looking them up (streaming), they’re from RAI fiction. Also Violetta; Anna Karenina; La Bella e la Bestia (all in Italian). From what I read there’s going to be an Italian version of The Grand Hotel, if I’m not mistaken.
Call a Midwife….wonderfully beautiful series.
As of today, Sept 1st, when I checked on Netflix, The Forsyte Saga isn’t available anymore.
Yeah, it expired. I’m going to update that.
Whats the show with the man in the red coat and the women in the blush dress? Its the image all the way at the top. Thanks!
I believe you are talking about When Calls the Heart.
Great list but its missing “El Tiempo Entre Costuras” (“The Time Between Seams”)
I gave up when you called The Bucaneers silly and fun. You’re entitled to your opinion, of course. However, I couldn’t finish this article after reading that comment.
I love that reign is #1 on this list! And, the paradise is another one of my favs 😉
My sister keeps telling me to watch Grand Hotel but I’m too scared because of how crazy addicted she became over it!! Lol. Perhaps sometime in the future. 😀
Grand Hotel was wonderful to watch. You’ll enjoy every single episode. Highly recommend.
The beauty of Mad Men is that, yes, whilst the characters are often unlikeable and frequently do terrible things, they’re probably the most multi-faceted and complex characters in any TV series ever. At its core it’s about a group of people who sell an idea of ‘happiness’ that they’re all desperately trying to attain for themselves. It’s a slow-burning show, but it can afford to be as the the writing and character development is so sharply drawn, nuanced and compelling. By the end you really do feel like they’re real people; people you know better than most of your actual friends and even family (as you’re privy to some of their most private moments). Plus, the costume and set design is stellar.
Should’ve been a lot higher on the list, in my opinion.
If you don’t mind reading subtitles I recommend The Grant Hotel & Seyit and Sura. But be prepared to become obsessed haha.
if only all this were available on Australian Netflix. I think we have less than half 🙁
Get the crap out of my way so I can READ what I CAME TO read.
Your description of “THE BUCANEERS” is a little off-putting. “A little bit soapy”? “Silly and fun to devour”? That’s your opinion? Huh.
Perhaps over dramatic and sometimes cheesy dialogue would suit better? We both love Edith Wharton but the adaptation did have a problematic script and directing which made it feel over dramatic at points. But we both enjoyed it overall. Perhaps you thought it was brilliant! We all interpret things differently. 🙂 But hey, on our site, silly and fun to devour is a compliment! We actually enjoy many “soaps” on this site. Sorry you found her comment (which had no ill-intent behind it) off-putting! And yes, that’s her opinion. But we always welcome friendly discussion!
When Calls the Heart is my favorite, just started North and South. Poldark is AMAZING, wish they’d put it on Netflix. Googled more does like Poldark and your blog came up. Thanks for recommendations I made a list.
Larkrise to Candleford is excellent!!! is it on Netflix?
I found A Place to Call Home and Last Tango in Halifax were two very good choices. Enjoy!!!
OUTLANDER the best.
I like poiriot (especially the older ones) a lot better then most crime shows. I haven’t seen most of the others though know my parents like folys war…