Only 8 History Shows on Netflix Have a Perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes Score
Need your fix of high-quality historical shows? We got you covered.
History is an amazing genre. When it is done well. For historical fiction to work, you need attention to detail, accuracy, relatable characters, and a realistic and captivating story. For historical non-fiction, you need to be able to stick to the facts, and yet make something that is engaging and entertaining.
These 8 history shows on Netflix are the only ones that have managed to accomplish this feat and earned a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes score.
1. High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America
Based on the book by Jessica B. Harris, High on the Hog is a must-watch docuseries. It chronicles the journey of food from Africa to America and the tremendous impact that cuisine can have on a culture. We are what we eat. And when countries blend ideas and recipes from other places, we get a tremendous fusion of creativity. Foodie or not, you will love this series.
2. The Law According to Lidia Poët
Italy, 1883, and women are not permitted to practice law. But that does not stop the brilliant, and fully qualified Lidia Poët from trying to enroll in the albo degli avvocati, the Italian equivalent of the American Bar Association. When rejected, she does what any good lawyer would do. She takes them to the appellate court, to fight for her rights as a woman, to be able to practice law. Based on the incredible true story of Italy’s first female lawyer, this show is not to be missed.
3. How to Become a Tyrant
Turning to the darker side of history, this docuseries examines six 20th-century dictators. Narrated by Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, each episode presents a biography of the showcased tyrants. Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Idi Amin, Joseph Stalin, Muammar Gaddafi, and the Kim family are all featured.
4. War Sailor
As the Second World War breaks out, two merchant sailors are in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, never knowing what danger or death they could be about to sail into. Will they make it home safely? And will their home still be there? This is one gripping and emotional drama series.
5. The Lost Pirate Kingdom
Narrated by English theater legend Derek Jacobi, this docu-series explores the exciting world of real-life pirates of the Caribbean. If you are a fan of the fictional Pirates of the Caribbean movies and want to learn some interesting facts, be sure to check this out.
6. Meltdown: Three Mile Island
In 1979, the nuclear power plant at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania suffered a partial meltdown. This documentary takes you through how it happened, why it happened, and the effects on those involved.
7. Who Killed Malcolm X?
Malcolm X was a controversial fellow, and his assassination in 1966 sparked multiple conspiracy theories. Many believed that the men jailed for the crime were wrongly convicted. And it is this docuseries that has prompted the Manhattan District Attorney to re-examine his murder. In June of this year, it was confirmed that two of the men who spent decades in prison had been exonerated and freed.
8. Amend: The Fight for America
Will Smith is amazing in this docuseries that focuses on the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution; the one that finally abolished slavery. It also takes a closer look at the entire history of discrimination and segregation in the United States and reminds us that there is still much work to be done.