35 Period Dramas to Watch on Netflix – Mini-Series and TV Shows Edition (2016)

#31: Love Bird (aka Çalikusu)

Love Bird - 35 Period Dramas to Watch on Netflix
Photo: Kanal D

Imported from Turkey, Love Bird is about an orphan girl who visits her aunt during boarding school breaks and falls in love with her older cousin.

Content Note: This is rated TV-14.

#32: Jamaica Inn

Jem and Mary Photo: BBC
Jem and Mary
Photo: BBC

If you love gothic romances, Jamaica Inn is probably a good bet. I absolutely LOVED the romance in this darker period drama starring Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay.

RELATED | Jamaica Inn Review

Content Note: Jamaica Inn is rated TV-14 for violence and some language.

#33: Lilies

35 Period Dramas to Watch on Netflix
Photo: BBC

While I haven’t check out Lilies yet, the show comes from the same writer/creator of Call the Midwife, so it’s likely very good. The story is set during WWI.

Content Note: Lilies is rated TV-14.

#34: Mad Men

Mad Men - 35 Period Dramas to Watch on Netflix
Don and Peggy
Photo: AMC

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.

Content Note: There is definitely strong adult content in this, but most of the time Mad Men is rated TV-14.

#35: BONUS: The Crown (November 4, 2016, Netflix premiere)

The Crown
Photo: Netflix

Starring Matt Smith, Jeremy Northam, and Claire Foy, this upcoming Netflix original already has a whole lot of buzz attached to it. Anyone else excited about this period drama about a young Queen Elizabeth II?

Content Note: No rating has been released yet though I hope it goes more in the fashion of Poldark than say HBO…

It should be noted that because The Silver Petticoat Review focuses more on old-fashioned romance and old-fashioned storytelling, the period dramas with more explicit content are not on this list (I didn’t include any series rated TV-MA). Some excluded period dramas include Dancing on the Edge, Rebellion, Penny Dreadful, and Fleming. I also left off a couple of unrated shows that you can feel free to check out and then share below. These include The Great Train Robbery and George Gently.

What Period Dramas will you be streaming on Netflix? Sound off below…

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By on October 10th, 2016

About Autumn Topping

In second grade, Autumn wrote her first story, “The Spinach Monster,” and hasn't stopped writing since. Intrigued by the tales her grandmother told of vampires, witches, and ghosts as a girl, she's always been drawn to the fantastic. Later, Autumn studied English and Creative Writing (continuing her love for classic literature and everything old-fashioned) and graduated with an MA in Children’s Literature and an MS in Library & Information Science from Simmons College. Currently, she co-runs this lovely site and works as a YA Librarian.

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26 thoughts on “35 Period Dramas to Watch on Netflix – Mini-Series and TV Shows Edition (2016)”

  1. This is the second time I’m reading your Netflix article (by the way, this website is amazing! 🙂 but this is only on the Netflix US right? Cause in France it looks like I can’t find them. Except Miss Fisher that I’m currently watching.

    • Thank you! And yes, this is only Netflix US. I should go back and clarify that. Hopefully, I can add what to watch in countries like France sometime in the future. And Miss Fisher is amazing! I hope you enjoy. 🙂

  2. Yes really fun show. :-)I do love the settings and costumes.
    Nice of you but you don’t have to bother. You live in the US so it’s kind of logical to talk only about these shows. I’m only a little jealous… lol

  3. I have watched both The Great Train Robbery and George Gently and didn’t find anything too objectionable in them. The first is a British miniseries based on real events. I love a good heist story (in theory – I’d really disapprove in real life), so I enjoyed it. George Gently is a detective series that was quite fun too. They’re both set in the 1960s. Love your site – just found it!

  4. I also just finished watching Lilies. I enjoyed it – flawed characters, so don’t expect everything to look beautiful or have a rosy glow. What I really appreciated was how close this family is.

  5. One of my favorite shows ever is Turn: Washington’s Spies. It is so easy to fall in love with the characters. AMC’s take on the American Revolution and the Culper Spy Ring is phenomenal. It’s very historically acurate, while taking some leeway for the drama of the show. Turn is an incredible learning experience full of action and mystery. It is so refreshing and intriguing to get into the mindset and everyday decisions of America’s most iconic men and women. The show is incredibly bold and rightly one of the best period dramas ever made.

  6. #34…Lillies does have nudity in at least one of the early episodes. I haven’t seen past that one. I stopped watching since I prefer no nudity.

    • The nudity in the series is very brief, and it’s a very good series and worth watching even if you don’t like nudity.

  7. I really like Magnificent Century about the Ottoman Empire. It’s Turkish with English subtitles. Unfortunately Netflix only has the first 48 episodes. I can’t find the rest anywhere.

    • Magnificent century is the BEST show EVER!!! Angela- the first 48 are actually the first season. But broken up differently. Anyways. You can find the Turkish episodes on “dailymotion.com” type it as Turkish muhtesem Y. Bolum
      Xx . … then after my source for subtitled google drive videos went mia – I found a website that kindly offers a GREAT translation of the episodes you need. – you could print ? Maybe copy paste? Print or just have phone open while watching on iPad or -streaming device. It actually works well!
      How this helps
      Main link
      Go to early posts on blog to find season 2 start.
      (Watch last Netflix refresher)

      But hmmm she may not go back as far as early seas 2
      Anyways there are some Facebook “summary type translations” I had to use if u search.
      The follow up series is OK.
      Season- 1 is GREAT!!!!!
      Season 2- to 2.5 ok. And then 2.5-end…. downhill
      Made me wonder what happened. But I’ve never ever watched anything Turkish –
      But I’ve been absolutely obsessed with Magnificent century. Sulleyman & Hurrem’s TRUE love story is amazing.
      That time period was a HOT time period… Henry viii was up in England w his 6 wives… he should’ve had the Harem not Sulleyman!!! Haha- kidding!!!
      The Harem was NOT a “sex” place it was a structured institution of education & rules
      – the Sultans mother typically chose the concubine to go to the Sultans bed chamber.
      Anyways- this has it all
      Family love
      Romantic love
      Historical accuracy & lots of historical “inaccuracies” due to dramatization .
      Court intrigue x 100 !!!
      I mean LIFE OR DEATH! Cut throat city!
      Some decent military scenes – battle of Mohacs- Hungary – 1526—- WOW!!!! What amazing filming!
      I love MC
      MC- kosem (1) & have been Lost without them!
      Hope this helps -Leslie

  8. Hi there!

    I am from India and I would love to know the sources (online streaming/download) of the period dramas mentioned above.

  9. My favourite of all time is Çalikusu/Lovebird. The story is so beautiful and the actors have amazing chemistry. Feride’s monologues always had me end up in tears and the interaction between the main couple was refreshingly sweet, fun and almost dangerous. I rate the chemistry between the actors and the characters developement 10/10. The plot was about 9/10.
    I highly recommend it!

  10. My favourite of all time is Çalikusu/Lovebird. The story is so beautiful and the actors have amazing chemistry. Feride’s monologues always had me end up in tears and the interaction between the main couple was refreshingly sweet, fun and almost dangerous. I rate the chemistry between the actors and the characters developement 10/10. The plot was about 9/10.
    I highly recommend it! ❤️

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  13. I am ever so glad someone mentioned George Gently, I would add The Doctor Blake Mysteries to the list, great period drama.

  14. I love this! Thank you so much for all of your reviews!
    Another tip about Netflix….. in their search, type in 12123 and quite a few period piece movies come up. Some listed are all the way up to the 1970’s and beyond which aren’t my cup of tea. I’d much rather read your reviews and the commentaries here.

  15. Omggg you’re such a life saver. I’ve been looking forever for this tv series after I lost my Netflix account and had to get another one (forgot the name of the series) everytime I looked for it I hit a dead end.”Love Bird“ thanks for posting this I’m very much in your debt.


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