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Netflix's Genre-Defying Last Czars Charts the Fall of the Romanovs

ALSO: Peterloo, Are You the One?, Grown-ish, Southern Charm, Rivers of Life, and more
  • Susanna Herbert and Robert Jack in The Last Czars (Netflix)
    Susanna Herbert and Robert Jack in The Last Czars (Netflix)

    Combine The Crown with our age-old fascination in the Romanov dynasty and you've got Netflix's new series,The Last Czars. Focusing on the final years of the once mighty Russian royal family, the series promises an up close and personal look at the events leading up to one of the most shocking events in 20th century history.

    SERIES PREMIERE: Unfurling over six episodes, The Last Czars takes a unique approach, intercuting documentary interviews with historical experts with dramatic scenes performed by the likes of Coronation Street's Ben Cartwright and Susanna Herbert. Streaming on Netflix

    SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Amazon Studios doesn't churn out nearly as many films as Netflix, but their theatrical releases are usually quality productions. Peterloo, the studio's first collaboration with the prolific Mike Leigh, is about the infamous "Peterlook Massacre" in 1819 Britain, when government forces descended upon protesters. Streaming on Amazon

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    Joe Reid is the senior writer at Primetimer and co-host of the This Had Oscar Buzz podcast. His work has appeared in Decider, NPR, HuffPost, The Atlantic, Slate, Polygon, Vanity Fair, Vulture, The A.V. Club and more.

    TOPICS: The Last Czars, Netflix, Documentaries