Entertainment The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1900s  

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List Rules Vote up the best shows set in the 1900s. Shows that begin in the Victorian Era (1837-1901) but continue a couple years into the 1900s are fair game.

Forget about the 2000s, the best shows set at the turn of the century are in the 1900s. With the Edwardian era nearing its end, there are plenty of dramas set in the 1900s. Freed from the restraining laces of the Victorian era, TV shows set in the 1900s share the unique sense of daring of the start of the 20th century that balances well with their soft, Gibson girl aesthetics.

The 20th century started raring to go, with all sorts of inventions, changes in styles and a robust, if still young, entertainment industry. It's no wonder television series set in the 1900s follow historical drama, such as Houdini or Mr. Selfridge - two of several shows inspired by or based on real events. The Channel 4 reality series, The 1900 House, takes things a step further by having a modern family see what it's like to live in the cusp of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Several other shows look at the class problems that such a disparity of wealth caused, shows such as Howards End, Upstairs, Downstairs and even the comedy Another Period touch on the drama between servants and their employers.

Which of these top TV shows set in the 1900s are your favorites? Check out the list below and vote up the best historical dramas, comedies and series, while voting down the shows that aren't enjoyable.

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Murdoch Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1900s
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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The Forsyte Saga is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1900s
The Forsyte Saga Michael York, Kenneth More, Susan Hampshire
The Forsyte Saga is a 1967 BBC television adaptation of John Galsworthy's series of The Forsyte Saga novels, and its sequel trilogy A Modern Comedy. The series follows the fortunes of the upper ...more
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Mr Selfridge is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1900s
Ron Cook, Jeremy Piven, Tom Goodman-Hill
Mr Selfridge is a British period television drama series about Harry Gordon Selfridge and his department store, Selfridge & Co, in London, set in the 1910s. It is co-produced by ITV Studios ...more
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The Knick is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1900s
Clive Owen, André Holland, Jeremy Bobb
The Knick is an American television drama series on Cinemax created by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler and directed by Steven Soderbergh. The series follows Dr. John W. Thackery (Clive Owen) and ...more
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Howards End is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1900s
Hayley Atwell, Matthew Macfadyen, Philippa Coulthard
Howards End (Starz, 2018) is a British-American television miniseries based on the novel by E. M. Forster. The changing landscape of social and class divisions in turn-of-the-century England ...more
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These Are the Days is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1900s
Micky Dolenz, June Lockhart, Pamelyn Ferdin
These Are the Days is an animated television series from Hanna-Barbera, originally broadcast on ABC from September 7, 1974, to September 27, 1975. The series, although critically acclaimed, only ...more
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Picnic at Hanging Rock is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1900s
Picnic at Hanging Rock Natalie Dormer, Lily Sullivan, Lola Bessis
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Houdini is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1900s
Adrien Brody, Kristen Connolly, Evan Jones
Houdini is a two-part, four-hour History channel event miniseries written by Nicholas Meyer and directed by Uli Edel. It premiered on September 1, 2014, at 9 pm EDT. The series stars Adrien ...more
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Another Period is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1900s
Natasha Leggero, Riki Lindhome, Lauren Ash
Another Period (Comedy Central, 2015) is an American period sitcom directed by Jeremy Konner. At the turn of the 20th century, sisters Lillian (Natasha Leggero) and Beatrice (Riki Lindhome) try ...more
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Harley and the Davidsons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1900s
Harley and the Davidsons Michiel Huisman, Robert Aramayo, Bug Hall
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Children of Fire Mountain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1900s
Children of Fire Mountain Mark Hadlow
Children of Fire Mountain was a 13 part miniseries from New Zealand made in 1979. In the UK it was screened by the BBC in 1980, and repeated on Channel 4 in 1989. That year it received the ...more
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Upstairs, Downstairs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1900s
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 Duchess of Duke Street is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1900s
June Brown, Lalla Ward, Richard Vernon
The Duchess of Duke Street is a BBC television drama series set in London between 1900 and 1925. It was created by John Hawkesworth, previously the producer of the ITV period drama Upstairs, ...more
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The 1900 House is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1900s
The 1900 House is a historical reality television programme made by Wall to Wall/Channel 4 in 1999. In the show, a modern family tries to live in the way of the late Victorians in 1900 for three ...more
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Reilly, Ace of Spies is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1900s
Sam Neill, Leo McKern, Michael Bryant
Reilly, Ace of Spies is a 1983 television miniseries dramatizing the life of Sidney Reilly, a Russian Jew who became one of the greatest spies ever to work for the British. Among his exploits, ...more
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The Ginger Tree is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1900s
The Ginger Tree Samantha Bond, Daisuke Ryû, Fumi Dan
The Ginger Tree (BBC and NHK, 1989) is a British historical television drama miniseries based on the 1977 novel of the same name by Oswald Wynd. The series follows a Scottish woman who falls in ...more
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Ringstraßenpalais is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1900s
Ringstraßenpalais Klaus Wildbolz, Gerhard Steffen, Marianne Nentwich
Ringstraßenpalais is an Austrian television series.
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Die Wiesingers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1900s
Die Wiesingers Georg Marischka, Constanze Engelbrecht, Hans-Reinhard Müller
Die Wiesingers is a German television series.
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El secreto de Puente Viejo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1900s
El secreto de Puente Viejo Ramón Ibarra, Sandra Cervera, Mario Zorrilla
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Strumpet City is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1900s
Strumpet City Peter O'Toole, David Kelly, Cyril Cusack
Strumpet City was a 1980 television miniseries produced by Irish broadcaster RTÉ, based on James Plunkett's 1969 novel Strumpet City. It was RTÉ's most ambitious and expensive ...more
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Das Rätsel der Sandbank is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1900s
Das Rätsel der Sandbank Burghart Klaußner, Peter Sattmann, Isabel Varell
Das Rätsel der Sandbank (1987) is a German historical spy adventure television series based on the novel The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers. The story follows the efforts of two ...more
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Casualty 1900's is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1900s
Casualty 1900's Nicholas Farrell, William Houston, Alfie Allen
Casualty 1900s (BBC One, 2006), broadcast in the U.S. as London Hospital, is a British hospital television drama spin-off of BBC One drama Casualty. Featuring true cases, characters and events ...more
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Titanic: Blood and Steel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1900s
Derek Jacobi, Kevin Zegers, Ophelia Lovibond
Titanic: Blood and Steel is a 12-part television costume drama series about the construction of the RMS Titanic. It is one of two large budget television dramas aired in 2012, the centenary of ...more
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Rote Erde is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1900s
Rote Erde Walter Renneisen, Claude-Oliver Rudolph, Angelika Bartsch
Rote Erde (Ard, 1983) is a German historical drama television series. The show tells the saga of a miner and his family in the Ruhr area of Western Germany in the time from the late1800s until ...more
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Nesthäkchen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1900s
Nesthäkchen Evelyn Hamann, Susanne Uhlen
Nesthäkchen is a German television series.