TV The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows  

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List Rules Television series set in a specific historical period. Upvote the best period piece series that have not been cancelled.

List of the best period piece television series, of any genre and from any network, that truly capture the feel of their time. From the Medieval Era, to the Roaring Twenties, to the Cold War, period series often deal with historical events, though some simply use their era as a backdrop. The top period series listed here are those currently on television only, whether period dramas or period comedies.

What are the best period TV shows ever? Period pieces are usually historical dramas and feature period costumes, sets, and dialogue. They tackle issues that would have been relevant in their period's time, such as the many changes faced by Lord Grantham as the world moves into a new age on Downton Abbey, or Peggy's battle to make her way in a male-dominated business on Mad Men.
 
Period TV shows are known for their success during awards season, often taking home Emmys and Golden Globes for their incredible set design and gorgeous costumes, and are regularly listed among the best television shows of all time.
 
Whether you love Boardwalk Empire, Masters of Sex, The Americans, or Penny Dreadful, many TV fans agree that period piece TV shows are some of the best. Don't see your favorite period series below? Add it to the list for a truly comprehensive ranking of the best period shows on television right now in 2016-2017 and see if it is one of the best period piece shows of all time.

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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Outlander Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Vikings Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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Call The Midwife is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Call The Midwife Vanessa Redgrave, Helen George, Laura Main

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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
The Crown Matt Smith, John Lithgow, Claire Foy

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The Goldbergs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
The Goldbergs Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile, George Segal

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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
The Americans Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor

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Reign is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Reign Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows, Torrance Coombs

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Agent Carter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Agent Carter Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy, Enver Gjokaj

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Fargo Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman

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Black Sails is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Black Sails Jessica Parker Kennedy, Toby Stephens, Hannah New

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Fresh Off the Boat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Fresh Off the Boat Constance Wu, Randall Park, Hudson Yang

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The White Queen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
The White Queen Janet McTeer, Rebecca Ferguson

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Hell on Wheels is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Hell on Wheels Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Robin McLeavy

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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Penny Dreadful Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green

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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Legends of Tomorrow Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill

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American Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
American Crime Story Sarah Paulson, Sterling K. Brown

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Murdoch Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Murdoch Mysteries Lisa Ray, Paul Rhys, Georgina Reilly

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Turn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Turn Jamie Bell, Angus Macfadyen, Kevin McNally

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The Last Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
The Last Kingdom Gerard Kearns, Alec Newman, Madeleine Power

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Halt & Catch Fire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Halt and Catch Fire Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Ali Milner

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Masters of Sex is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Masters of Sex Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin FitzGerald

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Better Call Saul Bob Odenkirk, Michael Mando, Jonathan Banks

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The Tudors is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
The Tudors Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy

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The Borgias is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
The Borgias Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger

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The Musketeers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
The Musketeers Tom Burke, Luke Pasqualino, Santiago Cabrera

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Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Sleepy Hollow Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood

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Mr Selfridge is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Mr Selfridge Ron Cook, Jeremy Piven, Tom Goodman-Hill

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Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Manhattan Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Chernus, Christopher Denham

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Marco Polo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Marco Polo Benedict Wong, Olivia Cheng, Joan Chen

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Da Vinci's Demons is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Da Vinci's Demons Tom Riley, Gregg Chillin, Eros Vlahos

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Ripper Street is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Ripper Street Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg

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Vinyl is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Vinyl Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano

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Another Period is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Another Period Michael Ian Black, Paget Brewster, Christina Hendricks

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Salem is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Salem Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel