The Canadian television series, Anne With An E is a groundbreaking adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Green Gables book series.
Where the plot follows the life of the orphan Anne as she comes-of-age and struggles to make her way through all the difficulties of her life.
Directed by Moira Walley-Beckett, this show covers some pertinent themes of education, classism, racism, LGBTQ rights and many more.
The character of Anne by Amybeth McNulty and the final episode of Anne With An E was made available in November 2019.
A number of period dramas with similar themes are available for streaming. Here’s a list of 5-period dramas like Anne With An E.
1) The Monroes
The Monroes, originally released on ABC in the year 1966 in September and completed by March 1967.
Also, the premise of The Monroes follows five orphans who stick together as a family on the frontier in the area which in the present times is located near Grand Teton National Park in Jackson, Wyoming.
Meanwhile, the series is set in circa 1870s in Wyoming and these five orphans establish a homestead to survive together after their parents die in an accident.
2) Little Dorrit
With Claire Foy as Amy Dorrit, Matthew Macfadyen as Arthur Clennam, Tom Courtenay as William Dorrit and Judy Parfitt as Mrs Clennam, Little Dorrit is 2008 British miniseries.
Inspired by the novel of the same name by Charles Dickens that was published between 1855 and 1857.
Namely, Adam Smith, Dearbhla Walsh, and Diarmuid Lawrence are the main directors.
While the story is about Amy Dorrit, who is born and raised in the Marshalsea prison for debtors in London.
3) Hetty Feather
The British children drama series, Hetty Feather stars Isabel Clifton, Polly Allen, Dashain Anderson and Eva Pope.
Originally released in 2015, the events of the series are of Victorian-era London of 1887.
Meanwhile in the story, Hetty along with her foster brother Gideon return to the foundling hospital where their mother abandons them.
Eventually, there they encounter the fearsome Matron. The series is based on the book of the same name by Jacqueline Wilson.
4) Oliver Twist
Charles Dickens’s well-known tale of a young orphan boy, Oliver Twist, written in 1838. BBC One in 2007 released and adapted the show into a miniseries.
Specifically, the cast includes- William Miller as Oliver Twist, Timothy Spall as Fagin, Edward Fox as Mr Brownlow and Tom Hardy as Bill Sikes.
On the other hand, the series follows the life of Oliver Twist as he becomes part of a notorious gang of London thieves with its leader, Fagin.
5) Road To Avonlea
Created by Kevin Sullivan, the Canadian tv series, Road To Avonlea is number fifth in this list. The plot follows the life of Sara Stanley as she visits her deceased mother’s relatives who live in the town of Avonlea.
Namely L. M. Montgomery’s novel, the man behind the “Anne of Green Gables” novel series serve as inspiration for the series.
To conclude, these family period dramas offer a view into the social, political and cultural history.
Thus, its rich depiction of the stories of the various characters in these series makes it more interesting to watch.