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The Best Period Piece TV Shows  

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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?

This list answers the questions, "What is the best period piece show of all time?" and "What are the greatest period piece shows?"
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Spartacus: Blood and Sand is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
Jason S. added 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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Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
murphycat added 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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Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
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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Blackadder Goes Forth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
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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Blackadder: The Cavalier Years is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
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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Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
murphycat added 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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Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
peanuts added 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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The Big Valley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
murphycat added 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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Hell on Wheels is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Robin McLeavy
Hell on Wheels is a 2011 TV film directed by David Von Ancken.
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The Borgias is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
Tangy Tiger added Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger
The Borgias is an historical-fiction drama television series created by Neil Jordan; it debuted in 2011 and was canceled in 2013. The series is set around the turn of the 16th century and ...more
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Lonesome Dove is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
peanuts added 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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The Paradise is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
zoe-krainik added 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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Farscape is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
murphycat added 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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I, Claudius is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
peanuts added 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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The Wild Wild West is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
murphycat added 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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
Benjamin Dunn added Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith
Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more
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Life on Mars is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
MejaEhrenström added 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. The title is a ...more
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Mr. Selfridge is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
Mr. Selfridge
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Here Come the Brides is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
murphycat added 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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Bonanza is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
peanuts added Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker
Bonanza is an NBC television western series that ran from September 12, 1959, to January 16, 1973. Lasting 14 seasons and 430 episodes, it ranks as the second longest running western series, and ...more
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Brideshead Revisited is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
peanuts added 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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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
VFBundy13 added Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza
Boardwalk Empire is an American period drama television series created by Terence Winter. Airing on premium cable channel HBO, the series is set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the ...more
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The High Chaparral is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
murphycat added 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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Versailles is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
jackieohlsen added George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Tygh Runyan
Versailles (Canal+, 2015) is a television series created by Simon Mirren and David Wolstencroft. In 1667, 28-year-old all-powerful king of France, Louis XIV (George Blagden), decides to build ...more
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Daniel Boone is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
peanuts added 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