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The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1900s

Updated October 1, 2020 302 votes 45 voters 5.1k views32 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    Mr. Selfridge
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    8

    Mr. Selfridge

    Ron Cook, Jeremy Piven

    Premiered2013

    Mr Selfridge is a British period television drama series about Harry Gordon Selfridge and his... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Murdoch Mysteries
    17
    8

    Murdoch Mysteries

    Lisa Ray, Paul Rhys

    Premiered2008

    Murdoch Mysteries (Citytv, 2008) is a Canadian television drama series based on characters... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    The Knick
    13
    5

    The Knick

    Clive Owen, André Holland

    Premiered2014

    The Knick is an American television drama series on Cinemax created by Jack Amiel and Michael... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Upstairs, Downstairs
    11
    2

    Upstairs, Downstairs

    Gordon Jackson, David Langton

    Premiered1971

    Upstairs, Downstairs is a British television drama series originally produced by London... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Howards End
    10
    8

    Howards End

    Hayley Atwell, Matthew Macfadyen

    Premiered2017

    Howards End (Starz, 2018) is a British-American television miniseries based on the novel by E.... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    These Are the Days
    6
    4

    These Are the Days

    Micky Dolenz, June Lockhart

    Premiered1974

    These Are the Days is an animated television series from Hanna-Barbera, originally broadcast... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    The Forsyte Saga
    12
    12

    The Forsyte Saga

    Michael York, Kenneth More

    Premiered1967

    The Forsyte Saga is a 1967 BBC television adaptation of John Galsworthy's series of The... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Another Period
    8
    8

    Another Period

    Natasha Leggero, Riki Lindhome

    Premiered2015

    Another Period (Comedy Central, 2015) is an American period sitcom directed by Jeremy Konner.... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Picnic at Hanging Rock
    6
    6

    Picnic at Hanging Rock

    Natalie Dormer, Lily Sullivan

    Premiered2018

  • 10
    Nesthäkchen
    5
    5

    Nesthäkchen

    Evelyn Hamann, Susanne Uhlen
    Nesthäkchen is a German television series.
  • 11
    Houdini
    8
    9

    Houdini

    Adrien Brody, Kristen Connolly

    Premiered2014

    Houdini is a two-part, four-hour History channel event miniseries written by Nicholas Meyer... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Children of Fire Mountain
    5
    6

    Children of Fire Mountain

    Mark Hadlow

    Premiered1979

    Children of Fire Mountain was a 13 part miniseries from New Zealand made in 1979. In the UK it... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    El secreto de Puente Viejo
    5
    6

    El secreto de Puente Viejo

    Ramón Ibarra, Sandra Cervera

    Premiered2011

  • 14
    Hec Ramsey
    1
    4

    Hec Ramsey

    Kurt Russell, Stella Stevens

    Premiered1972

    Hec Ramsey is a television Western, a production of Jack Webb's production company, Mark VII... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Reilly, Ace of Spies
    4
    0

    Reilly, Ace of Spies

    Sam Neill, Leo McKern

    Premiered1983

    Reilly, Ace of Spies is a 1983 television miniseries dramatizing the life of Sidney Reilly, a... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    The 1900 House
    4
    2

    The 1900 House

    Paul Bowler, Joyce Bowler

    Premiered1999

    The 1900 House (Channel 4, 1999) is a British historical reality television programme. In the... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    The Duchess of Duke Street
    5
    0

    The Duchess of Duke Street

    June Brown, Lalla Ward

    Premiered1976

    The Duchess of Duke Street is a BBC television drama series set in London between 1900 and... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Unter den Linden -  Das Haus Gravenhorst
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    4

    Unter den Linden -  Das Haus Gravenhorst

    Nina Bott, Tim Sander

    Premiered2006

    Unter den Linden – Das Haus Gravenhorst is a German television series.
  • 19
    Das Rätsel der Sandbank
    2
    4

    Das Rätsel der Sandbank

    Burghart Klaußner, Peter Sattmann

    Premiered1987

    Das Rätsel der Sandbank (1987) is a German historical spy adventure television series based on... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Strumpet City
    2
    4

    Strumpet City

    Peter O'Toole, David Kelly

    Premiered1980

    Strumpet City was a 1980 television miniseries produced by Irish broadcaster RTÉ, based on... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Titanic: Blood and Steel
    0
    1

    Titanic: Blood and Steel

    Derek Jacobi, Kevin Zegers

    Premiered2012

    Titanic: Blood and Steel is a 12-part television costume drama series about the construction... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Rote Erde
    2
    6

    Rote Erde

    Walter Renneisen, Claude-Oliver Rudolph

    Premiered1983

    Rote Erde (Ard, 1983) is a German historical drama television series. The show tells the saga... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Die Wiesingers
    2
    4

    Die Wiesingers

    Georg Marischka, Constanze Engelbrecht

    Premiered1984

    Die Wiesingers is a German television series.
  • 24
    Ringstraßenpalais
    2
    4

    Ringstraßenpalais

    Klaus Wildbolz, Gerhard Steffen

    Premiered1980

    Ringstraßenpalais is an Austrian television series.
  • 25
    Casualty 1900's
    2
    2

    Casualty 1900's

    Nicholas Farrell, William Houston

    Premiered2006

    Casualty 1900s (BBC One, 2006), broadcast in the U.S. as London Hospital, is a British... more on Wikipedia