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The Best Period Piece TV Shows

Updated May 19, 2021 24.3k votes 2k voters 43.6k views109 items

List RulesVote up the best television series set in a different time period than when they were filmed.

Set in some earlier time, the very best period TV shows use the framework of another decade to tell their story. Unlike historical fiction shows - which tell dramatized versions of historical events - period piece TV shows use the past like window dressing. This list of the greatest period piece shows of all time, ranked from best to worst, includes shows set in the '50s, medieval shows, series set in the Victorian era and more. The most popular period drama series have been an integral part of television programming for years, so there are all kinds of different opinions about what the most entertaining historical period drama series of all time is.

Don't let your favorite period TV shows in history get to the bottom of the list - be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of period piece television shows below include period series such as Mad Men, Peaky Blinders, and Black Sails. There are even less obvious period piece TV shows such as Freaks amd Geeks and That '70s Show.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best period piece show of all time?" and "What are the greatest period piece shows?" What do you think are the best period pieces in TV history? Vote up your favorite period shows and help determine what shows set in time are the best shows of all time.

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