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The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1910s  

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List Rules Vote up the best shows set in the 1910s. Shows that begin at the start of the century but continue a couple years past 1910 are fair game.

Coming off the high spirits of the Edwardian era, the best television shows set in the 1910s use the events of history itself to create emotional whiplash that is both the best and worst thing. Television series set in the 1910s are just as full of drama and action as the decade itself was. Even though the 1910s sometimes get overshadowed by the flapper era that followed, the best television series gloss over the glitz and get to the heart of the start of the century.

No matter what other problems are happening in a television drama set in 1910, you know it's just going to get worse when they introduce WWI in 1914. Downton Abbey and The Village both find main characters caught up in the conflict - adding another delightfully nerve-wracking layer to the drama already unfolding. Even if a show is set in the early 1910s or at the end of the decade, like Rebellion, everything is caught up or affected by the world-changing events to come or which the characters have just survived. The 1910s couldn't even handle something as simple as a cruise ship, which is why there are two shows fictionalizing the events surrounding the sinking of the Titanic.

Which of these top TV shows set in the 1910s are the best? Check out the list below and vote up your favorite period dramas and series, while voting down the shows that aren't as great.

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1910s
Titanic Jenna Coleman, Toby Jones, Maria Doyle Kennedy
Titanic is a four-part television miniseries period drama written by Julian Fellowes based on the sinking of the RMS Titanic, a passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April ...more
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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1910s
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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Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1910s
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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Harley and the Davidsons is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1910s
Harley and the Davidsons Michiel Huisman, Bug Hall, Robert Aramayo
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Grand Hotel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1910s
Amaia Salamanca, Yon González, Fele Martínez
Grand Hotel is a Spanish drama television series directed by Carlos Sedes and starring Yon Gonzalez and Amaia Salamanca. It first aired on Antena 3 in Spain on 11 October 2011 and on Sky Arts 1 ...more
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Mr Selfridge is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1910s
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 Flame Trees of Thika is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1910s
Hayley Mills, Ben Cross, Sharon Maughan
The Flame Trees of Thika is a British television serial of seven 50-minute episodes made by Euston Films for Thames Television in 1981. It was adapted by John Hawkesworth from the 1959 book of ...more
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Gallipoli is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1910s
Gallipoli
Gallipoli is a seven-part Australian television drama miniseries that was telecast on the Nine Network in 2015, the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign. The series premiered on 9 ...more
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The Village is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1910s
Maxine Peake, Nico Mirallegro
The Village is a BBC TV series written by Peter Moffat. The drama is set in a Derbyshire village in the 20th century. The first series of what Moffat hopes will become a 42-hour TV drama was ...more
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Rebellion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1910s
Rebellion Ruth Bradley, Michelle Fairley, Michael Feast
Rebellion (RTÉ, 2016) is an Irish historical fiction television miniseries. The show dramatizes the events surrounding the 1916 Easter Rising.
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Houdini is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1910s
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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Christy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1910s
LeVar Burton, Tyne Daly, Kellie Martin
Christy is an American period drama series which aired on CBS from April 1994 to August 1995, for twenty episodes. Christy was based on the novel Christy by Catherine Marshall, the widow of ...more
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Upstairs, Downstairs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1910s
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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Birdsong is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1910s
Eddie Redmayne, Richard Madden, Matthew Goode
Birdsong is a two-part 2012 television drama, based on the 1993 war novel Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks. It stars Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Wraysford and Clémence Poésy as Isabelle ...more
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Rote Erde is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1910s
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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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1910s
Titanic is a made-for-TV dramatization that premiered as a 2-part miniseries on CBS in 1996. Titanic follows several characters on board the RMS Titanic when she sinks on her maiden voyage in ...more
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Parade's End is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1910s
Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Rupert Everett
Parade's End is a five-part BBC/HBO/VRT television serial, which is an adaptation of the tetralogy of novels of the same name by Ford Madox Ford. It premiered on BBC Two on 24 August 2012, and ...more
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El secreto de Puente Viejo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1910s
El secreto de Puente Viejo Ramón Ibarra, Sandra Cervera, Mario Zorrilla
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Strumpet City is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1910s
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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Up the Women is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1910s
Up the Women
Up the Women is a BBC television sitcom created, written by and starring Jessica Hynes. It was first broadcast on BBC Four on 30 May 2013. The sitcom is about a group of women in 1910 who form a ...more
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Die Abenteuer des braven Solda... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1910s
Die Abenteuer des braven Soldaten Schwejk Fritz Muliar, Ludwig Hirsch, Kurt Jaggberg
Die Abenteuer des braven Soldaten Schwejk is an Austrian television series. Set in Prague at the start of the 20th century, the Bohemian dog salesman Josef Schwejk (Fritz Muliar) enjoys life to ...more
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Reilly, Ace of Spies is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1910s
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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Q.E.D. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1910s
Q.E.D. Sam Waterston, George Innes, A.C. Weary
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The Duchess of Duke Street is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1910s
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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A Young Doctor's Notebook is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1910s
Jon Hamm, Daniel Radcliffe, Rosie Cavaliero
A Young Doctor's Notebook is a British dark comedy television series. The series was adapted from the book of short stories titled A Young Doctor's Notebook by Mikhail Bulgakov. The events take ...more