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The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1910s

Updated March 20, 2020 369 votes 34 voters38 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    Titanic
    19
    4

    Titanic

    Jenna Coleman, Toby Jones

    Premiered2012

    Titanic is a four-part television miniseries period drama written by Julian Fellowes based on... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Downton Abbey
    17
    8

    Downton Abbey

    Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan

    Premiered2010

    Downton Abbey (PBS, 2010) is a British historical drama television series created by Julian... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Harley and the Davidsons
    13
    5

    Harley and the Davidsons

    Michiel Huisman, Bug Hall

    Premiered2016

  • 4
    Houdini
    10
    5

    Houdini

    Adrien Brody, Kristen Connolly

    Premiered2014

    Houdini is a two-part, four-hour History channel event miniseries written by Nicholas Meyer... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Rebellion
    10
    5

    Rebellion

    Ruth Bradley, Michelle Fairley

    Premiered2016

    Rebellion (RTÉ, 2016) is an Irish historical fiction television miniseries. The show... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Mr Selfridge
    10
    6

    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
  • 7
    Peaky Blinders
    13
    10

    Peaky Blinders

    Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory

    Premiered2013

    Peaky Blinders (BBC Two, 2013) is a British television action drama created by Steven Knight,... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Christy
    8
    4

    Christy

    LeVar Burton, Tyne Daly

    Premiered1994

    Christy is an American period drama series which aired on CBS from April 1994 to August 1995,... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Upstairs, Downstairs
    8
    4

    Upstairs, Downstairs

    Gordon Jackson, David Langton

    Premiered1971

    Upstairs, Downstairs is a British television drama series originally produced by London... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    The Flame Trees of Thika
    8
    4

    The Flame Trees of Thika

    Hayley Mills, Ben Cross
    The Flame Trees of Thika is a British television serial of seven 50-minute episodes made by... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    The Village
    8
    4

    The Village

    Maxine Peake, Nico Mirallegro

    Premiered2013

    The Village is a BBC TV series written by Peter Moffat. The drama is set in a Derbyshire... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Gallipoli
    8
    4

    Gallipoli

    Gallipoli is a seven-part Australian television drama miniseries that was telecast on the Nine... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Birdsong
    8
    5

    Birdsong

    Eddie Redmayne, Richard Madden

    Premiered2012

    Birdsong is a two-part 2012 television drama, based on the 1993 war novel Birdsong by... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Grand Hotel
    7
    6

    Grand Hotel

    Amaia Salamanca, Yon González

    Premiered2011

    Grand Hotel is a Spanish drama television series directed by Carlos Sedes and starring Yon... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Rote Erde
    5
    4

    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
  • 16
    Strumpet City
    5
    5

    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
  • 17
    El secreto de Puente Viejo
    5
    5

    El secreto de Puente Viejo

    Ramón Ibarra, Sandra Cervera

    Premiered2011

  • 18
    Reilly, Ace of Spies
    5
    2

    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
  • 19
    Up the Women
    5
    6

    Up the Women

    Up the Women is a BBC television sitcom created, written by and starring Jessica Hynes. It was... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    The Duchess of Duke Street
    5
    2

    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
  • 21
    Die Abenteuer des braven Soldaten Schwejk
    5
    2

    Die Abenteuer des braven Soldaten Schwejk

    Fritz Muliar, Ludwig Hirsch

    Premiered1972

    Die Abenteuer des braven Soldaten Schwejk is an Austrian television series. Set in Prague at... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    A Young Doctor's Notebook
    5
    2

    A Young Doctor's Notebook

    Jon Hamm, Daniel Radcliffe
    A Young Doctor's Notebook is a British dark comedy television series. The series was adapted... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Q.E.D.
    5
    2

    Q.E.D.

    Sam Waterston, George Innes

    Premiered1982

  • 24
    Bearcats!
    2
    2

    Bearcats!

    Rod Taylor, Dennis Cole

    Premiered1971

    Bearcats! is an American Western television series broadcast on the CBS television network... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Roots: The Next Generations
    2
    2

    Roots: The Next Generations

    Marlon Brando, James Earl Jones

    Premiered1979

    Roots: The Next Generations is a television miniseries, introduced in 1979, continuing, from... more on Wikipedia