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Top Rated Historical Television Screenplays This Year

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  • 566

    #1

    THE WOODHULL
    Lynda Brendish | Historical | Television (One-hour) | 59 pages
    A limited series drama based on the true story of Victoria Woodhull's radical 1872 bid for the presidency, 50 years before women had the vote -- and the sex scandals, hubris and patriarchal powers-that-be that prevent her success.
  • 528

    #2

    Haussmann
    Geoff Faugérolas | Historical | Television (One-hour) | 60 pages
    Set during the tumultuous reign of Napoleon III, the show follows the story of Haussmann, a Prefect who had the revolutionary idea of destroying Paris and building a brand new capital from scratch - creating the most iconic city in the world.
  • 518

    #3

    Piney Ridge
    La'Chris Jordan | Historical | Television (One-hour) | 60 pages | View Writer Profile
    Following a heart-wrenching tragedy, a Black female sharecropper in 1930s Virginia sets out on a mission of personal revenge, all while fighting the exploitation of the town’s wealthy landowners and the violent harassment of the local sheriff and his posse of unlawful men.
  • 509

    #4

    Chattahoochee
    Clint Williams | Historical | Television (One-hour) | 55 pages | View Writer Profile
    Amid the chaos following the War of 1812, two runaway slaves, one a skilled blacksmith, meet en route to a fortified sanctuary in the Florida Panhandle that draws escaped slaves from across the South. There, in a wilderness still considered part of Spain, they help the fort’s commander build a community while leading daring raids in search of the blacksmith’s wife. But hopes for a reunion are endangered when U.S. troops, Creek mercenaries and Navy gunboats attack the fort.
  • 501

    #5

    The Maharaja
    Amar Rehal | Historical | Television (One-hour) | 58 pages
    True story set in 19th century India as a young Sikh warrior attempts to overcome a rocky marriage and unite a divided people in an effort to take on his most powerful enemy.
  • 495

    #6

    The Life and Times of Francie Page
    Victoria Lucia | Historical | Television (One-hour) | 63 pages | View Writer Profile
    A young gay black man flees rural West Virginia seeking a new start, and soon finds himself swept up in the wild atmosphere of Harlem in the 1920’s where drink, drugs, and sex abound.
  • 482

    #7

    King Street
    Justin Kohlas | Historical | Television (One-hour) | 63 pages | View Writer Profile
    The daughter of a British East India Company Captain becomes embroiled in the American Revolution when her father moves their family from London to colonial Boston.
  • 470

    #8

    N A T I V E
    Kevin Walls | Historical | Television (One-hour) | 65 pages | View Writer Profile
    Selim Aga was only eight years old when he was captured by slavers in the mountains of Sudan. Bought and sold. Passed from master to master. Battered and barely alive. Selim wanted one thing: to go home.
  • 462

    #9

    The Pirate Wife
    Lara Barbier | Historical | Television (One-hour) | 66 pages | View Writer Profile
    Game of Thrones on the South China Seas: Based on true events, The Pirate Wife follows the story of Mo, a woman who rose from one of the lowest castes of 19th Century China to become the most successful pirate of all time, challenging the might of the Qing Empire and the British East India Company.
  • 458

    #10

    NO GOOD DEED: THE OLIVER SIPPLE STORY (LGBTQ ANTHOLOGY SERIES)
    Heather Farlinger | Historical | Television (One-hour) | 41 pages | View Writer Profile
    In 1975, a decorated Marine and wounded Vietnam veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder heroically saves the life of President Ford, only to be outed and betrayed by the media, destroying his life forever. Based on true events.
  • 455

    #11

    The Golden Age
    Lauren Hussey | Historical | Television (One-hour) | 58 pages | View Writer Profile
    In Post-World War II America, an aspiring horror writer moves to Hollywood to pursue her dreams. But after procuring a job at a major movie studio, an unexpected murder rocks the insular community of colorful personalities, and the suspect is anyone’s guess.
  • 450

    #12

    RED GEYSER--episode one-"Broken Bones:
    Michael Salomon | Historical | Television (One-hour) | 56 pages | View Writer Profile
    After a young physician in Transylvania is forced into a Nazi slave camp, he vows to escape and seek revenge---but first he befriends a female sniper who teaches him how to kill. Based on stories told to me by father, who claimed they were true.
  • 450

    #13

    Leben
    A. Giovanna Alighieri | Historical | Television (One-hour) | 60 pages
    A young Jewish woman in 1922 Berlin has a brief lesbian affair with a cabaret performer and is unaware of the demons that lurk in her own family.
  • 442

    #14

    East/West
    Artie Mead | Historical | Television (One-hour) | 56 pages
    At the height of the Cold War, communist showcase state East Germany is on the brink of collapse. In Berlin, still jointly administered by the four victorious powers, Berliners go about their daily lives, unaware that East Germany (backed up by the Soviets) must enact drastic measures in order to save itself. Measures that involve cutting a city in half.
  • 437

    #15

    The Vilna Chronicles
    Ira Fuchs | Historical | Television (One-hour) | 66 pages
    Feyga Lebesher, an ambitious Jewish widow builds a trading empire that dominates Russian commerce in the 18th century. Threatened, Catherine the Great expels all the Jews from Russia. In retaliation Feyga devotes her life to making Vilna an economic and cultural powerhouse that provokes and defies the Tsars for over a century. Based on actual people and events.
  • 433

    #16

    Of Patriots and Tyrants
    Aaron Silverman | Historical | Television (One-hour) | 60 pages | View Writer Profile
    As his town is oppressed by heavy-handed courts and an abusive government, a crestfallen debtor on the brink of ruin is pulled into a conflict for the ages by a charismatic soldier he once served with during the Revolutionary War.
  • 431

    #17

    A Thousand Ropes
    Tim Greene | Historical | Television (One-hour) | 98 pages | View Writer Profile
    South Africa, 1872: While searching for her brother at the Kimberley diamond rush, an intrepid young Victorian woman discovers her talent as a mining engineer. The outraged patriarchal diggers try to stop her, but when a catastrophic collapse looms, they realise they need her skills to save their mine.
  • 429

    #18

    Habsburg
    Alexandra Shields | Historical | Television (One-hour) | 61 pages | View Writer Profile
    The Habsburgs, who have ruled the Holy Roman Empire for centuries, have no male heirs, leaving Maria Theresa poised to become the most powerful woman who has ever lived, but to do so, she must survive her enemies who yearn to see her fall.
  • 426

    #19

    Queen of Hamburg
    Alexa Schulz | Historical | Television (One-hour) | 63 pages | View Writer Profile
    A power-hungry Native American madam struggles to keep her brothel-turned- cabaret afloat under the disdainful thumb of the city's elite in 1892 Hamburg, Germany, where human life is cheap and women have no agency.
  • 418

    #20

    Scoundrel
    Amy Quick Parrish | Historical | Television (One-hour) | 58 pages | View Writer Profile
    A charismatic nobleman who dabbles in witchcraft is enraged when his cousin, King James VI, does nothing to stop the execution of his own mother, Mary Queen of Scots. Winner: 2019 Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices - Historical

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