Four Must-Watch Period Dramas

Historical dramas have become extremely popular in today’s day and age, with people become increasingly interested in knowing more about the past era. Whether they are true events or works of fiction, big-budget historical productions offer extravagant costumes, intricate set designs, and breathtaking panoramas. Take a look at some shows that shouldn’t be missed!

Inspired by the legendary sagas of Viking ruler Ragnar Lothbrok, “Vikings” is an enthralling historical drama set in the realm of Norsemen during medieval Scandinavia in the 9th century. Travis Fimmel portrays Ragnar Lothbrok, the Danish and Swedish Viking hero who became known as the scourge of England and France.
Bored with the plunder-and-pillage raids around the Baltics, Ragnar defies his local leader and travels west in search of new lands and wealth. The show tells the story of the Lothbrok family and their band of warriors who braved the oceans in wooden ships, ruthlessly raiding faraway kingdoms and fighting countless battles. Creator and writer Michael Hirst strikingly portrays the intriguing details of Viking life with its betrayals, reprisals, and bloodlust. “Vikings” is beautifully shot in Ireland, capturing an underexplored period in history. The second half of season five will premier in November 2018.


“Outlander” is a time-travelling, romantic story set in the backdrop of Scotland’s Highlands during the 18th century. The story opens in 1945 with Caitriona Balfe portraying Claire Randall, a World War II combat nurse who is married to Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies). While enjoying their second honeymoon in Scotland, Claire mysteriously transports back in time to 1743, where she finds herself in the middle of a brutal civil war between the British Redcoats and the Scottish Highlanders. Claire is detained by a Scottish clan, as she is suspected of being an English spy. While struggling to find her way back to her husband, she encounters the charming Scottish warrior, Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). In order to survive, she marries Jamie and soon falls in love with him. Outlander is a historical fantasy with breathtaking backdrops and stunning cinematography. Season four of the show airs in November 2018.


Netflix’s critically acclaimed series, “The Crown”, follows the life of Queen Elizabeth II after she ascended Britain’s throne at the age of 25. The drama explores the Royal Family from both a public and private perspective. The first two seasons focus on the early years of the Queen, beginning with her marriage to Prince Philip, her coronation and the political challenges ruling the country. It also delves into the scandals surrounding her sister, Princess Margaret. Claire Foy elegantly portrays Queen Elizabeth II in season one and two, perfectly capturing the Queen’s sophistication and strength.
With season three set to release in 2019, creator Peter Morgan has re-casted all the actors to better represent the Royal Family in their later years. “Broadchurch” star Olivia Colman will portray the Queen in season three. With a massive budget on par with “Game of Thrones”, “The Crown” is an extravagant drama with incredible sets, stunning costumes, and impeccable acting.


The fictional drama spanning four seasons, “The Tudors” follows the reign of King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rys Meyers) and his six wives, set in England during the 16th century. With his supremacy, competitiveness, and self-declaration as the head of the Church of England, Henry became one of the most powerful rulers in the world. As the show progresses, we are introduced to Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer) who convinces the King to divorce his first wife, Catherine of Aragon (Maria Doyle Kennedy) and break away from the Roman Catholic Church in order to marry her. The Tudors is a lavish production depicting Henry’s 40-year reign (between1509-1547) as the King of England. It brings plenty of drama with political intrigue, church defiance, dangerous court liaisons, and bawdy sexual escapades.

-Sabrina Joshi
Hollywood Correspondent