10 historical series to watch on Netflix | Culture

Documentary, fictional or mixing the two types of narrative, historical series tend to be successful among the public. In the streamings, they also have their place guaranteed, and here you can check 10 historical series on Netflix, which besides being unmissable, address important moments, places and people from the past.

10 historical series on Netflix

1. The Crown

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Scheduled to end in its sixth season, The Crown was the 2017 Golden Globe winner for best drama series. Despite the hints of fiction, its history shows in a very true way the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, from the late 1940s to the beginning of the 21st century.

  • Creation: Peter Morgan
  • Year: 2016
  • Episodes: 40 (4 seasons)
  • Cast: Claire Foy, Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter

2. Versailles

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Producing a resounding budget, Versailles had some of his scenes actually recorded in the palace. The series has as its starting point the construction of the castle, showing partially real stories of dispute, love and power that developed around it.

  • Creation: Simon Mirren and David Wolstencroft
  • Year: 2015
  • Episodes: 30 (3 seasons)
  • Cast: Alexander Vlahos and George Blagden

3. The Last Kingdom

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Based on the works of Bernard Cornwell, The Last Kingdom is a fictional series, but one that portrays real events in the formation of the United Kingdom. In its plot, we accompany a warrior created by Vikings, whose fate is intertwined with that of Alfred the Great, the king of Wessex.

  • Creation: Stephen Butchard
  • Year: 2015
  • Episodes: 36 (4 seasons)
  • Cast: Alexander Dreymon and David Dawson

4. The Last Tsars

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Despite the dramatized scenes, The Last Czars is a documentary production, which uses records from the time and speeches by historians along with their scripted moments. Its history shows the rise and fall of Nicholas II, the last emperor of the Romanov Dynasty.

  • Direction: Adrian McDowall
  • Year: 2019
  • Episodes: 6 (1 season)
  • Cast: Robert Jack and Susanna Herbert

5. Marco Polo

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Canceled after two seasons, Marco Polo has a backdrop based on real events, but with creative freedom in his narrative and character development. The production revolves around the famous adventurer, in the years he was at the court of Kublai Khan, in China.

  • Creation: John Fusco
  • Year: 2014
  • Episodes: 20 (2 seasons)
  • Cast: Lorenzo Richelmy and Benedict Wong

6. Vikings

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Recorded in Ireland, Vikings mix real stories with Nordic legends passed down between generations. Its history follows the Viking Ragnar Lodbork – and later his successors and other legendary figures – throughout the invasions carried out by the warrior in Medieval Scandinavia.

  • Creation: Michael Hirst
  • Year: 2019
  • Episodes: 89 (6 seasons)
  • Cast: Travis Fimmel and Katheryn Winnick

7. Troia: The Fall of a City

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Produced by the British BBB, Troia: The Fall of a City presents a romanticized version of the historical facts that triggered the Trojan War. Its plot follows the romance of Paris and Helena of Sparta, and the developments that led to the siege and fall of the city.

  • Direction: Derek Wax Owen Harris
  • Year: 2018
  • Episodes: 8 (1 season)
  • Cast: Bella Dayne and Louis Hunter

8. The Easter Uprising

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Set in 1916, The Easter Uprising portrays an important historical moment in Ireland, through fictional characters. Through three friends and their families, we follow the rebellion in the country in search of its release from the United Kingdom.

  • Creation: Colin Teevan
  • Year: 2016
  • Episodes: 10 (2 seasons)
  • Cast: Brian Gleeson and Ruth Bradley

9. Templars

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Despite the historical background, Templars is a production with many fictional narratives. The series revolves around the Templars, an order of religious knights who tried to restructure 15 years after the Crusades, but only found persecution and tragedy in their path.

  • Creation: Don Handfield and Richard Rayner
  • Year: 2017
  • Episodes: 18 (2 seasons)
  • Cast: Tom Cullen and Pádraic Delaney

10. Ascension of the Ottoman Empire

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Original Turkish miniseries from the platform, Ascension Ottoman Empire follows the same line of production The Last Tsars, recounting in a dramatized way documentary facts. In the plot, under the leadership of Muhammad II, we followed the expansion of the Ottoman Empire until the taking of Constantinople.

  • Creation: Kelly McPherson
  • Year: 2020
  • Episodes: 6 (1 season)
  • Cast: Cem Yiğit Üzümoğlu and Tuba Büyüküstün

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