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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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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
cpitre27 added 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 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) 3 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
Denise Schult added Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson

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

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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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
murphycat added 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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Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
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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Poldark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
Todogo added 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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Call The Midwife is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
cpitre27 added 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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Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
Moonpie66 added 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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Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
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 Waltons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
murphycat added 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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Rome is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
murphycat added 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 Tudors is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
Tangy Tiger added 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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Roots is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
peanuts added 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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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
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) 15 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
murphycat added 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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Upstairs, Downstairs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
murphycat added 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 Crown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 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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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
peanuts added 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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Little House on the Prairie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
Maryellen Elizabeth added Cameron Bancroft, Erin Cottrell, Kyle Chavarria
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 Americans is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
MejaEhrenström added 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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Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
murphycat added 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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Blackadder the Third is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
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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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
peanuts added 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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Blackadder is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
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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The Black Adder is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Period Piece TV Shows
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