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The Greatest TV Shows Set During the '20s  

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Oh, those Roaring Twenties, offering new heights of fashion and a sense of wild abandon. The best television shows set in the '20s encompass the whole emotional scope of the 1920s - from fancy flappers to the stock market flop of 1929.

Even with WWI past, there was still a lot of life to pick pack up in the 1920s and the best historical dramas touch on the turbulence of the era. Some of the best '20s TV shows are based on organized independent businessmen who were working around the laws of Prohibition, such as Boardwalk Empire; or filling the voids left when the world was changed post-WWI, as in Peaky Blinders or Resistance. Television shows set in the 1920s are also important parts of long, multi-generational dramas that follow a family - including shows such as The Thorn Birds, The Village, and Downton Abbey.

Which of these top TV shows set the 1920s are your favorites? Check out the list below and vote up your choices for the best shows set in the '20s, while voting down others the shows that aren't enjoyable.

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Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set During the '20s
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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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set During the '20s
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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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set During the '20s
Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is an Australian television drama series. It was first broadcast on ABC on 24 February 2012. The series is based on author Kerry Greenwood's novels and was created ...more
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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set During the '20s
Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza
Boardwalk Empire is an American period drama television series created by Terence Winter. Airing on premium cable channel HBO, the series is set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the ...more
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Houdini is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set During the '20s
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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The Grand is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set During the '20s
The Grand Michael Sheen, Stephen Moyer, Susan Hampshire
The Grand is a British television drama series first broadcast on ITV in 1997–1998. It was written by Russell T Davies and set in a hotel in Manchester in the 1920s. There are two series: eight ...more
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Babylon Berlin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set During the '20s
Volker Bruch, Liv Lisa Fries, Peter Kurth
Babylon Berlin (Netflix, 2018) is a German period drama television series based on the novels by Volker Kutscher. In 1921 during the Weimar Republic, police inspector Gereon Rath (Volker Bruch) ...more
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American Horror Story: Hotel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set During the '20s
American Horror Story: Hotel is the fifth season of the FX horror anthology television series American Horror Story. It premiered on October 7, 2015, and concluded January 13, 2016. The plot ...more
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Upstairs, Downstairs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set During the '20s
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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Paris is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set During the '20s
Paris Alexei Sayle, Neil Morrissey, Allan Corduner
Paris is a British sitcom produced by Talkback Productions for Channel 4. It was written jointly by Irish writers Arthur Mathews and Graham Linehan, best known for their later sitcom Father Ted. ...more
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Lady Chatterley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set During the '20s
Sean Bean, Joely Richardson, James Wilby
Lady Chatterley is a 1993 BBC television serial starring Sean Bean and Joely Richardson. It is an adaption of D. H. Lawrence's novel Lady Chatterley's Lover, first broadcast on BBC One in four ...more
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The Thorn Birds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set During the '20s
Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward, Christopher Plummer
The Thorn Birds is a 1977 best-selling novel by Colleen McCullough, an Australian author. In 1983 it was adapted as a TV mini-series that, during its television run 27–30 March, became the ...more
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Brideshead Revisited is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set During the '20s
Jeremy Irons, Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud
Brideshead Revisited is a 1981 British television serial produced by Granada Television for broadcast by the ITV network. The serial is an adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel Brideshead ...more
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The Making of the Mob is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set During the '20s
Ray Liotta, Michael Kotsohilis, Paolo Rotondo
The Making of the Mob (AMC, 2015) is a television docu-series detailing the emergence of organized crime in 20th century America. Narrated by actor Ray Liotta, the series also features intercuts ...more
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Reilly, Ace of Spies is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set During the '20s
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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Cable Girls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set During the '20s
Maggie Civantos, Nadia de Santiago, Ana Fernández
Cable Girls (Netflix, 2017) is a Spanish period drama web television series. In 1928, four young women move to Madrid to work at a modern telecommunications company.
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The Secret of the Sahara is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set During the '20s
The Secret of the Sahara Ben Kingsley, Andie MacDowell, David Soul
The Secret of the Sahara is a 1988 adventure TV mini-series directed by Alberto Negrin.
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Plotlands is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set During the '20s
Plotlands Jade Williams, Amanda Abbington, Saskia Reeves
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Chandrashekhar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set During the '20s
Chandrashekhar Karan Sharma, Dev Joshi, Ayaan Zubair
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Frankie Drake Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set During the '20s
Lauren Lee Smith, Chantel Riley, Rebecca Liddiard
Frankie Drake Mysteries (CBC, 2017) is a Canadian television drama. The show follows the fictional Frankie Drake (Lauren Lee Smith), the first female private detective in 1920s Toronto, with ...more
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The Chicago Teddy Bears is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set During the '20s
Jamie Farr, Dean Jones, Ann Sothern
The Chicago Teddy Bears is an American sitcom that aired on CBS. The series was part of the network's 1971 fall lineup, premiering on September 17, 1971.
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Underbelly: Squizzy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set During the '20s
Underbelly: Squizzy
Underbelly: Squizzy, the sixth series of the Nine Network crime drama series Underbelly, originally aired from 28 July 2013 to 2 September 2013. It is an eight-part series based on the life and ...more
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Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set During the '20s
Rebecca Jeremy Brett, Joanna David, Anna Massey
Rebecca (BBC One, 1979) is a British television drama miniseries, based on Daphne du Maurier's 1938 British novel of the same name. A young English girl in Monte Carlo falls in love with a ...more
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Mr Selfridge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set During the '20s
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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Roots: The Next Generations is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set During the '20s
Marlon Brando, James Earl Jones, Henry Fonda
Roots: The Next Generations is a television miniseries, introduced in 1979, continuing, from 1882 to the 1960s, the fictionalized story of the family of Alex Haley and their life in Henning, ...more