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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.

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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Poldark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
Denise Schult added Poldark Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson

2nd Adaptation of Poldark starring Aidan Turner and premiered in 2015

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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 4 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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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Poldark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
Todogo added 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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Rome is listed (or ranked) 7 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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The Waltons is listed (or ranked) 8 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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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 10 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) 11 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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Upstairs, Downstairs is listed (or ranked) 12 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

The Best Period Piece TV Shows Since 2015

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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Blackadder is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Roots is listed (or ranked) 16 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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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 17 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

The Best Survivor Contestants That Ever Played

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Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 18 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) 19 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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The Tudors is listed (or ranked) 20 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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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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Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 22 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

Obstacles That Had to Be Overcome to Get TV Shows on the Air

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Little House on the Prairie is listed (or ranked) 23 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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The Big Valley is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 25 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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The Wild Wild West is listed (or ranked) 26 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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Here Come the Brides is listed (or ranked) 27 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

Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled

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Blackadder the Third is listed (or ranked) 28 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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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
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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The High Chaparral is listed (or ranked) 30 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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Spartacus: Blood and Sand is listed (or ranked) 31 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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Little House on the Prairie is listed (or ranked) 32 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

TV Shows That Would Have Been Better As Movies

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The Black Adder is listed (or ranked) 33 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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Farscape is listed (or ranked) 34 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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Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman is listed (or ranked) 35 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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Blackadder Goes Forth is listed (or ranked) 36 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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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

Fights Every Couple Has Had At Some Point In Their Relationship

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Hell on Wheels is listed (or ranked) 38 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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Bonanza is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
peanuts added Bonanza 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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Lonesome Dove is listed (or ranked) 40 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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China Beach is listed (or ranked) 41 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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The Borgias is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
Tangy Tiger added The Borgias 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

TV Shows and Movies with the Best Use of Airlocks

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I, Claudius is listed (or ranked) 43 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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
Benjamin Dunn added Doctor Who 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) 45 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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The Paradise is listed (or ranked) 46 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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The Lone Ranger is listed (or ranked) 47 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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Mr. Selfridge is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows

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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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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
VFBundy13 added Boardwalk Empire Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza Boardwalk Empire is an American period crime 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