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.
Premiered: 2013Mr Selfridge is a British period television drama series about Harry Gordon Selfridge and his... more on Wikipedia
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Premiered: 1971Upstairs, Downstairs is a British television drama series originally produced by London... more on Wikipedia
Premiered: 2017Howards End (Starz, 2018) is a British-American television miniseries based on the novel by E.... more on Wikipedia
Premiered: 1974These Are the Days is an animated television series from Hanna-Barbera, originally broadcast... more on Wikipedia
The Forsyte SagaMichael York, Kenneth More
Premiered: 1967The Forsyte Saga is a 1967 BBC television adaptation of John Galsworthy's series of The... more on Wikipedia
Another PeriodNatasha Leggero, Riki Lindhome
Premiered: 2015Another Period (Comedy Central, 2015) is an American period sitcom directed by Jeremy Konner.... more on Wikipedia
Picnic at Hanging RockNatalie Dormer, Lily Sullivan
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NesthäkchenEvelyn Hamann, Susanne Uhlen
Premiered: 2014Houdini is a two-part, four-hour History channel event miniseries written by Nicholas Meyer... more on Wikipedia
Children of Fire MountainMark Hadlow
Premiered: 1979Children of Fire Mountain was a 13 part miniseries from New Zealand made in 1979. In the UK it... more on Wikipedia
El secreto de Puente ViejoRamón Ibarra, Sandra Cervera
Premiered: 1972Hec Ramsey is a television Western, a production of Jack Webb's production company, Mark VII... more on Wikipedia
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Premiered: 1999The 1900 House (Channel 4, 1999) is a British historical reality television programme. In the... more on Wikipedia
Premiered: 1976The Duchess of Duke Street is a BBC television drama series set in London between 1900 and... more on Wikipedia
Unter den Linden - Das Haus GravenhorstNina Bott, Tim Sander
Premiered: 2006Unter den Linden – Das Haus Gravenhorst is a German television series.
Das Rätsel der SandbankBurghart Klaußner, Peter Sattmann
Premiered: 1987Das Rätsel der Sandbank (1987) is a German historical spy adventure television series based on... more on Wikipedia
Strumpet CityPeter O'Toole, David Kelly
Premiered: 1980Strumpet City was a 1980 television miniseries produced by Irish broadcaster RTÉ, based on... more on Wikipedia
Premiered: 2012Titanic: Blood and Steel is a 12-part television costume drama series about the construction... more on Wikipedia
Rote ErdeWalter Renneisen, Claude-Oliver Rudolph
Premiered: 1983Rote Erde (Ard, 1983) is a German historical drama television series. The show tells the saga... more on Wikipedia
Die WiesingersGeorg Marischka, Constanze Engelbrecht
Premiered: 1984Die Wiesingers is a German television series.
RingstraßenpalaisKlaus Wildbolz, Gerhard Steffen
Premiered: 1980Ringstraßenpalais is an Austrian television series.
Casualty 1900'sNicholas Farrell, William Houston
Premiered: 2006Casualty 1900s (BBC One, 2006), broadcast in the U.S. as London Hospital, is a British... more on Wikipedia