TV The Best Period Piece TV Shows Since 2015  

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List Rules Only series that premiered on or after January 1, 2015.

Period pieces can transport viewers back in time to a radically different era and, perhaps due to the stressful nature of modern times, a litany of new period piece TV series have emerged in recent years. Some enjoy period pieces for nostalgic reasons, to escape to a seemingly simpler time. Others find it comforting to see how humanity has faced and dealt with problems in the past, a reminder the world can overcome great difficulty. Reviewing the past is a wonderful way to glean wisdom for the present and the best new period piece shows make relevant points about the here and now with source material from bygone eras. 


What shows will you find on this list of new period piece shows? From the way characters dress to how they talk to what they eat, the Netflix series Stranger Things is full of '80s nostalgia. Many fans have compared the show's throwback feel to the works of Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter. Better Call Saul, set about 15 years ago in the early 2000s, is another good period piece TV show on now. The first season of American Crime Story was set in the '90s and dove deep into the murder trial of O.J. Simpson. Other good current period piece TV shows include The Crown, Another Period, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Which period piece is your favorite? Give the best series a thumbs up and please add any good shows we may have missed.

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Poldark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows Since 2015
Poldark Judy Geeson, Ralph Bates, Angharad Rees Poldark is the original version of the BBC television series adaptation of the novels of the same title written by Winston Graham. The adaption was first transmitted in the UK between 1975 and

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The Last Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows Since 2015
The Last Kingdom Alexander Dreymon, David Dawson, Tobias Santelmann The Last Kingdom (BBC America, 2015) is a British historical fiction television series based on Bernard Cornwell's The Saxon Stories series of novels. In 872 England, an unlikely hero (Alexander ...more

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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows Since 2015
Stranger Things Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by The Duffer Brothers. When a young boy (Noah Schnapp) disappears, his mother (Winona Ryder), ...more

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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows Since 2015
The Crown Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The series begins with the 1947 wedding of young Elizabeth ...more

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American Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows Since 2015
American Crime Story Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson American Crime Story (FX, 2016) is an American true crime anthology television series developed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. The first season, The People v. O. J. Simpson, presents ...more

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows Since 2015
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen, Alex Borstein The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon, 2017) is an American television series, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and starring Rachel Brosnahan as a housewife in the 1950s who decides to become a ...more

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Victoria is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows Since 2015
Victoria Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, Peter Bowles Victoria (ITV, 2016) is a drama television series created by Daisy Goodwin. The show depicts first few years of the reign of Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman), from her accession to the throne at ...more

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows Since 2015
Better Call Saul Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn Better Call Saul (A&E, 2015) is an American television crime drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and a spinoff prequel of Breaking Bad. The trials and tribulations of ...more

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Another Period is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows Since 2015
Another Period Natasha Leggero, Riki Lindhome, Lauren Ash Another Period (Comedy Central, 2015) is an American period sitcom directed by Jeremy Konner. At the turn of the 20th century, sisters Lillian (Natasha Leggero) and Beatrice (Riki Lindhome) try ...more

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Z: The Beginning of Everything is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows Since 2015
Z: The Beginning of Everything Christina Ricci, Gavin Stenhouse, David Hoflin Z: The Beginning of Everything (Amazon, 2015) is a period drama television series created by Tim Blake Nelson. It is based on Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler. Starring ...more

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Murdoch Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows Since 2015
Murdoch Mysteries Lisa Ray, Paul Rhys, Georgina Reilly Murdoch Mysteries is a Canadian television drama series aired on both City and CBC Television, titled The Artful Detective in the United States, featuring Yannick Bisson as William Murdoch, a ...more

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Gunpowder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows Since 2015
Gunpowder Kit Harington, Peter Mullan, Mark Gatiss Gunpowder (HBO, 2017) is a British historical period drama television series developed by Ronan Bennett, Kit Harington, and Daniel West. British activist Guy Fawkes (Tom Cullen) and a group of ...more

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Godless is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows Since 2015
Godless Jeff Daniels, Jack O'Connell, Michelle Dockery Godless (Netflix, 2017) is an American drama series created by Scott Frank. Roy Goode (Jack O'Connell) is an outlaw on the run from his former boss, the outlaw Frank Griffin (Jeff Daniels), who ...more

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Harlots is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows Since 2015
Harlots Samantha Morton, Jessica Brown Findlay, Lesley Manville Harlots (Hulu, 2017) is a British period drama television series inspired by "The Covent Garden Ladies" by Hallie Rubenhold. Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton) runs a brothel in 18th ...more

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Narcos is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows Since 2015
Narcos Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook Narcos (Netflix, 2015) is an American crime drama web-television series created by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro. A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord ...more

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Feud is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows Since 2015
Feud Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Alfred Molina Feud (FX, 2017) is an anthology television series developed by Ryan Murphy. The first season centers around the backstage battle between Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan ...more

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Knightfall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows Since 2015
Knightfall Tom Cullen, Jim Carter, Pádraic Delaney Knightfall (History, 2017) is a historical fiction drama television series created by Don Handfield and Richard Rayner. Templar leader Landry du Lauzon (Tom Cullen), a brave warrior discouraged ...more

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The Get Down is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows Since 2015
The Get Down Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Jaden Smith The Get Down (Netflix, 2016) is a musical drama television series set in the South Bronx in the late 1970s. The show's title refers to parts of disco and R&B records that could be repeated ...more

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The Deuce is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows Since 2015
The Deuce James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gbenga Akinnagbe The Deuce (HBO, 2017) is a television drama series set in and around Times Square, New York. It tells the story of the legalization and ensuing rise of the porn industry in New York beginning in ...more

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The Alienist is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows Since 2015
The Alienist Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning The Alienist (TNT, 2018) is an American television period drama event series created by Cary Fukunaga, based on the novel by Caleb Carr. When a series of gruesome murders of boy prostitutes has ...more

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Taboo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows Since 2015
Taboo Taboo is a documentary television series that premiered in 2002 on the National Geographic Channel. The program is an educational look into "taboo" rituals and traditions practiced in ...more