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List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best Period Piece TV series.

The very best period piece shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest period piece shows. The most popular period piece TV shows have been an integral part of television programming for years, so there's all kinds of different opinions about what the most entertaining period piece show of all time is.

Don't let your favorite period piece television programs 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 includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

List is made up of a variety of shows, including That '70s Show and Mad Men.

What do you think are the best period pieces in TV history?

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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
cpitre27 added Downton Abbey Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern Downton Abbey is a British period drama television series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece. It first aired on ITV in the United Kingdom and Ireland on ...more

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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
MejaEhrenström added Outlander 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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Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
Mad Men Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser Mad Men is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner. The series premiered on July 19, 2007 on the cable network AMC and is produced by Lionsgate Television. The ...more

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Rome is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
murphycat added Rome Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker Rome is a British-American-Italian historical drama television series created by Bruno Heller, John Milius and William J. MacDonald. The show's two seasons were broadcast on HBO, BBC Two, and ...more

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Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
murphycat added Deadwood Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker Deadwood is an American western television series created, produced, and largely written by David Milch and aired on the premium cable network HBO from March 21, 2004, to August 27, 2006, ...more

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Call The Midwife is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
cpitre27 added Call The Midwife 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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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
murphycat added M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970 feature film MASH. The series, which was produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ...more

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Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
Moonpie66 added Pride and Prejudice Colin Firth, Lucy Davis, Alison Steadman Pride and Prejudice is a six-episode 1995 British television drama, adapted by Andrew Davies from Jane Austen's 1813 novel of the same name. Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth starred as Elizabeth ...more

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The Waltons is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
murphycat added The Waltons Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott The Waltons is an American television series created by Earl Hamner, Jr., based on his book Spencer's Mountain, and a 1963 film of the same name. The show is centered on a family in a rural ...more

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Upstairs, Downstairs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
murphycat added Upstairs, Downstairs Gordon Jackson, David Langton, Jean Marsh Upstairs, Downstairs is a British television drama series originally produced by London Weekend Television and revived by the BBC. It ran on ITV in 68 episodes divided into five series from 1971 ...more

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The Tudors is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
Tangy Tiger added The Tudors Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy The Tudors is a British-Irish-Canadian historical fiction television series set primarily in sixteenth-century England, created by Michael Hirst and produced for the American premium cable ...more

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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
peanuts added The Wonder Years Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern The Wonder Years is an American television comedy-drama created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black. It ran on ABC from 1988 through 1993. The pilot aired on January 31, 1988, following ABC's ...more

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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
That '70s Show Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from August 23, 1998, to May 18, 2006. The series focused on the lives of a group of teenage friends living in ...more

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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
MejaEhrenström added The Americans Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Maximiliano Hernández The Americans (FX, 2013) is an American period drama television series created by Joe Weisberg. Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) are two Soviet KGB officers posing as ...more

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Little House on the Prairie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
Maryellen Elizabeth added Little House on the Prairie Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, Lindsay Greenbush Little House on the Prairie, also known as Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie, is a five-hour miniseries which was broadcast on ABC as part of The Wonderful World of Disney ...more

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Spartacus: Blood and Sand is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
Jason S. added Spartacus: Blood and Sand Eric McIntire, Daniel Spink, Matthew Felker Spartacus: Blood and Sand is the title of the first and most critically acclaimed season of Spartacus, a television series that premiered on Starz on January 22, 2010. The series was inspired by ...more

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Roots is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
peanuts added Roots LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole, Robert Reed This award-winning six-part historical epic was one of the first examples of the miniseries format and one of the highest-rated television programs in broadcasting history. Based on the ...more

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Blackadder is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
Blackadder Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray Blackadder is the name that encompasses four series of a BBC 1 period British sitcom, along with several one-off instalments. All television episodes starred Rowan Atkinson as the anti-hero ...more

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Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
Freaks and Geeks Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco Freaks and Geeks is an American teen comedy-drama television series, created by Paul Feig with Judd Apatow as executive producer, that aired on NBC during the 1999–2000 television season. ...more

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Here Come the Brides is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
murphycat added Here Come the Brides Bruce Lee, Joan Blondell, David Soul Here Come the Brides is an American comedy Western series from Screen Gems that aired on the ABC television network from September 25, 1968 to April 3, 1970. The series was loosely based upon ...more

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Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
murphycat added Star Trek: The Next Generation Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry twenty-one years after the original Star Trek series debuted in 1966. Roddenberry, ...more

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The Big Valley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
murphycat added The Big Valley Richard Long, Peter Breck, Lee Majors The Big Valley is an American western television series which ran on ABC from September 15, 1965, to May 19, 1969. The show stars Barbara Stanwyck, as the widow of a wealthy nineteenth century ...more

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Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
murphycat added Star Trek: The Original Series William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley Star Trek is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that follows the adventures of the starship USS Enterprise and its crew. It later acquired the retronym of ...more

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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
peanuts added Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross Happy Days is an American television sitcom that aired first-run from January 15, 1974, to September 24, 1984, on ABC. Created by Garry Marshall, the series presents an idealized vision of life ...more

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Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
murphycat added Gunsmoke James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman Macdonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during ...more

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Little House on the Prairie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
murphycat added Little House on the Prairie Little House on the Prairie is an American Western drama television series, starring Michael Landon, Melissa Gilbert, and Karen Grassle, about a family living on a farm in Walnut Grove, ...more

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The High Chaparral is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
murphycat added The High Chaparral Leif Erickson, Cameron Mitchell, Henry Darrow The High Chaparral is an American Western-themed television series starring Leif Erickson and Cameron Mitchell, which aired on NBC from 1967 to 1971. The series, made by Xanadu Productions in ...more

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The Wild Wild West is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
murphycat added The Wild Wild West Agnes Moorehead, Robert Conrad, Ross Martin The Wild Wild West is an American television series that ran on CBS for four seasons from September 17, 1965 to April 4, 1969. Two television movies were made with the original cast in 1979 and ...more

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I, Claudius is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
peanuts added I, Claudius Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips I, Claudius is a 1976 BBC Television adaptation of Robert Graves's I, Claudius and Claudius the God. Written by Jack Pulman, it starred Derek Jacobi as Claudius, with Siân Phillips, Brian ...more

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Hell on Wheels is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
Hell on Wheels Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Robin McLeavy Hell on Wheels is a 2011 TV film directed by David Von Ancken.

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Farscape is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
murphycat added Farscape Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe Farscape is an Australian/American science fiction television series, produced originally for the Nine Network. The series was conceived by Rockne S. O'Bannon and produced by Jim Henson ...more

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The Black Adder is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
The Black Adder Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray The Black Adder is the first series of the BBC sitcom Blackadder, written by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson, directed by Martin Shardlow and produced by John Lloyd. The series was originally ...more

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Life on Mars is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
MejaEhrenström added Life on Mars John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White Life on Mars is a British television series broadcast on BBC One between January 2006 and April 2007. The series combines elements of science fiction and police procedural, featuring an officer ...more

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China Beach is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
murphycat added China Beach Dana Delany, Michael Boatman, Robert Picardo China Beach is an American dramatic television series set at an evacuation hospital during the Vietnam War. The title refers to My Khe beach in the city of Đà Nẵng, Vietnam, which was ...more

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Kung Fu is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
Greer Baudreau added Kung Fu David Carradine, Keye Luke, Radames Pera Kung Fu is an American action-adventure martial arts western drama television series starring David Carradine. The series aired on ABC from October 1972 to April 1975 for a total of 63 episodes. ...more

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Blackadder the Third is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
Blackadder the Third Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Hugh Laurie Blackadder the Third is the third series of the BBC sitcom Blackadder, written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, which aired from 17 September to 22 October 1987. The series was set during the ...more

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Blackadder: The Cavalier Years is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
Blackadder: The Cavalier Years Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry As the only two loyalists to King Charles (sounding a lot like Prince Charles), it is up to Blackadder and Baldrick to come up with a plan to save the King from Oliver Cromwell's death sentence. ...more

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Blackadder Goes Forth is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
Blackadder Goes Forth Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry Blackadder Goes Forth is the fourth and final series of the BBC sitcom Blackadder, written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, which aired from 28 September to 2 November 1989 on BBC One. The ...more

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Lonesome Dove is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
peanuts added Lonesome Dove Diane Lane, Robert Duvall, Steve Buscemi Lonesome Dove is a 1989 American epic Western adventure television miniseries directed by Simon Wincer. It is a four part adaptation of the 1985 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by ...more

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Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
peanuts added Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Jane Seymour, Joe Lando, Chad Allen Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman is an American Western drama series created by Beth Sullivan and starring Jane Seymour who plays Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn, a physician who leaves Boston in ...more

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Daniel Boone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
peanuts added Daniel Boone Fess Parker, Patricia Blair, Darby Hinton Daniel Boone is an American action-adventure television series starring Fess Parker as Daniel Boone that aired from September 24, 1964 to September 10, 1970 on NBC for 165 episodes, and was made ...more

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The Paradise is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
zoe-krainik added The Paradise Joanna Vanderham, Emun Elliott, Stephen Wight The Paradise is a British television costume drama series co-produced by BBC Worldwide America and Masterpiece. The Paradise premiered in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 25 September 2012 and ...more

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Space: 1999 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
peanuts added Space: 1999 Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Nick Tate Space: 1999 is a British-Italian science-fiction television series that ran for two seasons and originally aired from 1975 to 1977. In the opening episode, set in September 1999, nuclear waste ...more

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Magic City is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
Magic City Olga Kurylenko, Elena Satine, Jeffrey Dean Morgan Magic City is an American drama television series created by Mitch Glazer for the Starz network. Starz previewed the premiere episode on March 30, 2012. It premiered on April 6, 2012. Starz ...more

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Mr. Selfridge is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows

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The Lone Ranger is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
peanuts added The Lone Ranger The Lone Ranger is a fictional masked former Texas Ranger who fought outlaws in the American Old West with his native American friend, Tonto. The character has been called an enduring icon of ...more

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Brideshead Revisited is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
peanuts added Brideshead Revisited Jeremy Irons, Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud Brideshead Revisited is a 1981 British television serial produced by Granada Television for broadcast by the ITV network. The serial is an adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel Brideshead ...more

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Maverick is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
peanuts added Maverick Jack Kelly, James Garner, Roger Moore Maverick is an American Western television series with comedic overtones created by Roy Huggins. The show ran from September 22, 1957 to July 8, 1962 on ABC and stars James Garner as Bret ...more

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The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
murphycat added The Untouchables Robert Stack, Jerry Paris, Walter Winchell The Untouchables is an American crime drama that ran from 1959 to 1963 on the ABC Television Network, produced by Desilu Productions. Based on the memoir of the same name by Eliot Ness and Oscar ...more

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The Hour is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
The Hour Peter Capaldi, Dominic West, Oona Chaplin The Hour is a 2011 BBC drama series centred on a new current-affairs show being launched by the BBC in June 1956, at the time of the Hungarian Revolution and Suez Crisis. It stars Ben Whishaw, ...more