Must-Watch Historical Dramas That Accurately Portray History

The Forsyte Saga (2002)

Adaptation of John Galsworthy's trilogy, it portrays generations of an upper-middle-class family from the 1870s to the 1920s, focusing on their complex relationships and social dynamics​​.

Poldark (2015)

Set post-American War of Independence, it follows Captain Ross Poldark's life changes and challenges in Cornwall, combining personal drama with historical events​​.

Sanditon (2019)

Based on Jane Austen's unfinished manuscript, it tells the story of Charlotte Heywood in a transforming fishing village, filled with intrigue and secrets​​.

Dickinson (2019)

A unique take on Emily Dickinson's life, blending historical elements with modern references, exploring societal constraints and gender roles of her time​​.

Gentleman Jack (2019)

Chronicles the life of Anne Lister in 19th century England, focusing on her efforts to restore her inherited estate and her lesbian relationships, with attention to historical details​​.

The Great (2020)

A satirical, yet engaging depiction of Catherine the Great's rise to power, blending comedy with historical elements​​.

The Terror (AMC)

Blends horror with historical events, the first season is based on the Franklin Expedition, and the second on Japanese-American internment camps during WWII, with accurate historical settings​​.

Band of Brothers (HBO)

A World War II miniseries based on firsthand accounts, it's known for its realism in depicting the experiences of American soldiers, with significant attention to historical accuracy​​.

Mad Men (AMC)

Set in a 1960s ad agency, the show meticulously captures the era's details, from typewriters to societal issues like sexism and the changing role of women​​.

The Knick (Cinemax)

Set in early 1900s New York, this series is known for its accurate portrayal of medical procedures and developments of the time, though it takes some narrative liberties​​.