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Take A Step Back In Time With The Best Historical Reenactment Reality Shows

June 17, 2020 493 votes 38 voters30 items

List RulesVote up your favorite reality shows that follow historical reenactors.

The most fascinating historical reenactment shows let audiences step back in time and learn about different historical eras while also watching other modern folks struggle to adapt.  From navigating romances in the Regency era to managing a farm during the Tudor period, historical reality shows are a delightful mix of education and drama.

Many historical reenactment reality series are British, offering views into Victorian London, such as Victorian Pharmacy, The 1900 House, and 24 Hours In The Past. But, historical reality shows aren't limited to the often-romanticized Victorian Era and there are series set in the 1600s (Tales From Green Valley), the 2nd century BCE (Living In The Past) and even the stone age (10,000 BC). Nor are series locked into the British past, many American historical reenactment series take participants back to colonial eras such as Frontier House and Texas Ranch House.

Vote up the best historical reenactment series and vote down the shows that aren't worth the time travel!

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    Manor House is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Take A Step Back In Time With The Best Historical Reenactment Reality Shows
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    Manor House

    Tristan Aldrich, Avril Anson

    Premiered2003

    NetworkPublic Broadcasting Service

    Setting: An Edwardian manor house in the early 20th century.

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    The 1940s House is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Take A Step Back In Time With The Best Historical Reenactment Reality Shows
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    The 1940s House

    Michael Hymer, Lyn Hymer

    Premiered2001

    NetworkChannel 4

    Setting: London, during The Blitz of WWII (1940-1941).

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    Outback House is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Take A Step Back In Time With The Best Historical Reenactment Reality Shows
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    Outback House

    Glen Sheluchin, Kim Sheluchin

    Premiered2005

    NetworkAustralian Broadcasting Corporation

    Setting: The Australian Outback in 1861.

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    The 1900 House is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Take A Step Back In Time With The Best Historical Reenactment Reality Shows
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    The 1900 House

    Paul Bowler, Joyce Bowler

    Premiered1999

    NetworkChannel 4

    Setting: Late Victorian London.

    More The 1900 House 

    #48 of 49 The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked#15 of 32 The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1900s

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    Victorian Farm is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Take A Step Back In Time With The Best Historical Reenactment Reality Shows
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    Victorian Farm

    Ruth Goodman

    Premiered2009

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation

    Setting: A small Shropshire farm in the mid-19th century.

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    Turn Back Time – The High Stre is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Take A Step Back In Time With The Best Historical Reenactment Reality Shows
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    Turn Back Time – The High Street

    Hugh Bonneville, Gregg Wallace

    Premiered2010

    NetworkBBC One

    Setting: British business districts in the Victorian era, Edwardian era, 1930s, Second Word War, 1960s, and 1970s.

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    Quest for the Bay is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Take A Step Back In Time With The Best Historical Reenactment Reality Shows
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    Quest for the Bay

    Ken Albert, Jr.

    Premiered2002

    NetworkThe History Channel

    Setting: The Canadian wilderness in the 1840s.

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    Edwardian Farm is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Take A Step Back In Time With The Best Historical Reenactment Reality Shows
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    Edwardian Farm

    Ruth Goodman

    Premiered2010

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation

    Setting: A British farm in the Edwardian era (1901-1910).

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    Back in Time for Dinner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Take A Step Back In Time With The Best Historical Reenactment Reality Shows
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    Back in Time for Dinner

    Giles Coren, Polly Russell

    Premiered2015

    NetworkBBC Two

    Setting: British dinnertime in each decade between 1950 and 1990, and also in the future.

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    Coal House is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Take A Step Back In Time With The Best Historical Reenactment Reality Shows
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    Coal House

    Nerys Howell, Terry Walton

    Premiered2007

    NetworkBBC One

    Setting: A Welsh coal mining community, in 1927 (season 1) and 1944 (season 2).

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    Klondike: The Quest for Gold is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Take A Step Back In Time With The Best Historical Reenactment Reality Shows
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    Klondike: The Quest for Gold

    Setting: The journey from Dyea, Alaska to Dawson City, Yukon in 1897.

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    Victorian Slum House is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Take A Step Back In Time With The Best Historical Reenactment Reality Shows
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    Victorian Slum House

    Michael Mosley

    Premiered2017

    Setting: The Old Nichol slum in Victorian London (mid to late 19th century).

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    Frontier House is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Take A Step Back In Time With The Best Historical Reenactment Reality Shows
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    Frontier House

    Kristen Brooks, Nate Brooks

    Premiered2002

    NetworkPublic Broadcasting Service

    Setting: The state of Montana in 1883.

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    Living in the Past is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Take A Step Back In Time With The Best Historical Reenactment Reality Shows
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    Living in the Past

    Setting: Britan in 2nd Century BCE.

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    Tales from the Green Valley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Take A Step Back In Time With The Best Historical Reenactment Reality Shows
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    Tales from the Green Valley

    Owen Teale, Stuart Peachey

    Premiered2005

    NetworkBBC Two

    Setting: A British farm during the 1620s.

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    10,000 BC is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Take A Step Back In Time With The Best Historical Reenactment Reality Shows
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    10,000 BC

    Julian Barratt, Ruxandra Grigorescu

    Premiered2015

    NetworkChannel 5

    Setting: The Stone Age.

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    Time Crashers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Take A Step Back In Time With The Best Historical Reenactment Reality Shows
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    Time Crashers

    Tony Robinson, Cassie Newland

    Premiered2015

    NetworkChannel 4

    Setting: Various eras of British history.

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    That'll Teach 'Em is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Take A Step Back In Time With The Best Historical Reenactment Reality Shows
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    That'll Teach 'Em

    John Sessions, Paul McGann

    Premiered2003

    NetworkChannel 4

    Setting: A British boarding school in the 1950s-1960s.

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    Turn Back Time: The Family is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Take A Step Back In Time With The Best Historical Reenactment Reality Shows
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    Turn Back Time: The Family

    Hugh Bonneville, Joe Crowley

    Premiered2012

    NetworkBBC One

    Setting: A coastal town house in England in the Edwardian era, 1920s, the first World War, and the 1960s.

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    24 Hours in the Past is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Take A Step Back In Time With The Best Historical Reenactment Reality Shows
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    24 Hours in the Past

    Tyger Drew-Honey, Fi Glover

    Premiered2015

    NetworkBBC One

    Setting: London, in the Victorian Era (mid to late 19th century).

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    The Colony is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Take A Step Back In Time With The Best Historical Reenactment Reality Shows
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    The Colony

    Jack Thompson

    Premiered2005

    NetworkSBS TV

    Setting: New South Wales in Australia during its time as a penal colony (1975 to 1815).

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    Victorian Pharmacy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Take A Step Back In Time With The Best Historical Reenactment Reality Shows
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    Victorian Pharmacy

    Ruth Goodman

    Premiered2010

    NetworkBBC Two

    Setting: A British pharmacy in the Victorian era (mid to late 19th century).

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    Tudor Monastery Farm is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Take A Step Back In Time With The Best Historical Reenactment Reality Shows
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    Tudor Monastery Farm

    Peter Ginn, Ruth Goodman

    Premiered2013

    NetworkBBC Two

    Setting: A British farm during the Tudor Period (1485-1603).

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    Colonial House is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Take A Step Back In Time With The Best Historical Reenactment Reality Shows
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    Colonial House

    Jeff Wyers, Tammy Wyers

    Premiered2004

    NetworkPBS

    Setting: Plymouth Colony (in what is now Massachusetts) in 1628.

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    Pioneer Quest: A Year in the R is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Take A Step Back In Time With The Best Historical Reenactment Reality Shows
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    Pioneer Quest: A Year in the Real West

    Alana Logie, Frank Logie

    Premiered2001

    NetworkThe History Channel

    Setting: The Manitoba prairie in the 1870s.

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