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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.

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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 2018-2019 and see if it is one of the best period piece shows of all time.

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah Hawley, and inspired by the 1996 film. Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and wrong doings ...more

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn Better Call Saul (A&E, 2015) is an American television drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and a spinoff prequel of Breaking Bad. The trials and tribulations of lawyer, ...more

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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Created by Ronald D. Moore and produced by Left Bank ...more

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A farmer (Travis Fimmel) rises to fame by successful raids into England, and eventually becomes a ...more

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The Last Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Mads added 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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Call The Midwife is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Vanessa Redgrave, Helen George, Laura Main Call the Midwife is a BBC period drama series about a group of nurse midwives working in the East End of London in the 1950s and 1960s. It stars Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Helen George, Bryony ...more

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Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Bere Gutiérrez added Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson Peaky Blinders (BBC Two, 2013) is a British television action drama created by Steven Knight, based upon the exploits of the historical gang. In 1919 Birmingham, England, leader Tommy Shelby ...more

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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
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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Victoria is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
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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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
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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The Goldbergs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile, George Segal The Goldbergs is an American television sitcom that premiered on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 on ABC. The series was created by Adam F. Goldberg and stars Wendi McLendon-Covey and Jeff Garlin. ...more

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Poldark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Todogo added Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ruby Bentall Poldark (BBC One, 2015) is a British-American drama television series created by Debbie Horsfield, based on the novels by Winston Graham. Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) returns home after American ...more

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Frontier is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Jason Momoa, Alun Armstrong, Landon Liboiron Frontier (Netflix, 2016) is a Canadian-American historical drama television series co-created by Brad Peyton, Rob Blackie, and Peter Blackie. Declan Harp (Jason Momoa), a part-Irish, part-Cree ...more

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Murdoch Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
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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I Am the Night is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Chris Pine, India Eisley, Jefferson Mays I Am the Night (TNT, 2019) is a six-episode limited television series directed by Patty Jenkins, Victoria Mahoney, and Carl Franklin. Given away as an infant by her teenage mother to a black ...more

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Black Monday is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells, Regina Hall Black Monday (Showtime, 2019) is an American comedy television series. A rag tag group of Wall Street outsiders take on the financial industry in the wake of the 1987 stock market crash.

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Project Blue Book is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Aidan Gillen, Laura Mennell, Michael Harney Project Blue Book (History, 2019) is an American historical drama television series created by Robert Zemeckis, David O'Leary, and Sean Jablonski, co-produced by History Channel and A&E ...more

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Medici Masters of Florence is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Dustin Hoffman, Richard Madden, Stuart Martin Medici: Masters of Florence is a television drama series about the Medici dynasty set in 15th century Florence. Cosimo the Elder (Richard Madden) was elected head of the Florentine Republic in ...more

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The Alienist is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
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. Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Bruhl) and newspaper ...more

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Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
Ju Ji-hoon, Bae Doona, Ryu Seung-ryong Kingdom (Netflix, 2019) is a South Korean television series based on the webcomic series "Land of the Gods" by Kim Eun-hee. In Korea’s medieval Joseon period, a crown prince (Ju ...more

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American Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Period Piece TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson This show is an American anthology television series developed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.