30 best Netflix Shows set outside the US

Photo credit: The Crown/Netflix/Alex Bailey. Acquired from Netflix Media Center
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Medici – Credit: Netflix
Medici – Credit: Netflix /

27. Medici: Masters of Florence & Medici: The Magnificent

The newly made into an anthology series first landed on Netflix in 2016 depicting the Medici family history during the 15th century in Florence. The first season focuses on the death of Giovanni de Medici and the fallout of his sons taking over the family responsibilities.

While historical period pieces can sometimes alter the truth or create a new history, it’s still reassuring to see the locations represented correctly. Medici: Masters of Florence stays true and uses Italian landmarks to add realism to the story. Added with this is a star-studded cast with names like Dustin Hoffman, Richard Madden (of Game of Thrones fame), and a minor but prominent role with Brian Cox.

An easy comparison would be Game of Thrones, however, that would be also unfair to Medici. Not many shows are granted the extreme budget and time like Thrones was. Yet, the politics of these two shows are similar. Political maneuvering, backstabbing, plots and schemes, and somehow Richard Madden is in a wedding that involves David Bradley, again. Game of Thrones fans will remember Robb Stark (Madden) was to marry Walder Frey’s (Bradley) daughter and instead was gifted a knife in the stomach for backing out.

Period pieces are always given the benefit of the doubt because it’s just different. Audiences love to see how life might have been like in those times. Add in the realism of the scenery and an interesting story, then a potential fan-favorite is likely. The first season used big names to get people to watch and the second season followed that up by casting Sean Bean in a prominent role.