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The Greatest Period TV Shows Set During the '20s

Updated January 12, 2021 1.1k votes 239 voters 11.5k views49 items

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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 Blinders1
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    29

    Peaky Blinders

    Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory

    Premiered2013

    Peaky Blinders (BBC Two, 2013) is a British television action drama created by Steven Knight,...  more
  • Downton Abbey2
    84
    19

    Downton Abbey

    Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan

    Premiered2010

    Downton Abbey (ITV, 2010) is a British historical drama television series created by Julian...  more
  • Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries3
    77
    15

    Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

    Essie Davis, Nathan Page

    Premiered2012

    Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is an Australian television drama series. It was first...  more
  • Boardwalk Empire4
    53
    16

    Boardwalk Empire

    Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham

    Premiered2010

    Boardwalk Empire (HBO, 2010) is an American period crime drama television series created by...  more
  • Babylon Berlin5
    44
    9

    Babylon Berlin

    Volker Bruch, Liv Lisa Fries

    Premiered2018

    Babylon Berlin (Netflix, 2018) is a German period drama television series based on the novels...  more
  • Cable Girls6
    24
    9

    Cable Girls

    Maggie Civantos, Nadia de Santiago

    Premiered2017

    Cable Girls (Netflix, 2017) is a Spanish period drama web television series. In 1928, four...  more
  • Houdini7
    21
    9

    Houdini

    Adrien Brody, Kristen Connolly

    Premiered2014

    Houdini is a two-part, four-hour History channel event miniseries written by Nicholas Meyer...  more
  • The Grand8
    15
    4

    The Grand

    Michael Sheen, Stephen Moyer

    Premiered1997

    The Grand is a British television drama series first broadcast on ITV in 1997–1998. It was...  more
  • Brideshead Revisited9
    20
    9

    Brideshead Revisited

    Jeremy Irons, Laurence Olivier

    Premiered1981

    Brideshead Revisited is a 1981 British television serial produced by Granada Television for...  more
  • American Horror Story: Hotel10
    22
    13

    American Horror Story: Hotel

    Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson

    Premiered2015

    American Horror Story: Hotel is the fifth season of the FX horror anthology television series...  more
  • Harley and the Davidsons11
    16
    6

    Harley and the Davidsons

    Michiel Huisman, Bug Hall

    Premiered2016

  • Upstairs, Downstairs12
    12
    1

    Upstairs, Downstairs

    Gordon Jackson, David Langton

    Premiered1971

    Upstairs, Downstairs is a British television drama series originally produced by London...  more
  • Mr Selfridge13
    22
    14

    Mr Selfridge

    Ron Cook, Jeremy Piven

    Premiered2013

    Mr Selfridge is a British period television drama series about Harry Gordon Selfridge and his...  more
  • The Thorn Birds14
    14
    6

    The Thorn Birds

    Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward

    Premiered1983

    The Thorn Birds is a 1977 best-selling novel by Colleen McCullough, an Australian author. In...  more
  • Margie15
    16
    10

    Margie

    Dave Willock, Cynthia Pepper

    Premiered1961

    Margie is an American television situation comedy starring Cynthia Pepper that was broadcast...  more
  • The Forsyte Saga16
    13
    8

    The Forsyte Saga

    Damian Lewis, Ioan Gruffudd

    Premiered2002

    In 2002, the first two books and the first interlude of John Galsworthy's trilogy The Forsyte...  more
  • Stories by Rabindranath Tagore17
    10
    5

    Stories by Rabindranath Tagore

    Radhika Apte, Zachary Coffin

    Premiered2015

  • The Village18
    12
    7

    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
  • Frankie Drake Mysteries19
    8
    2

    Frankie Drake Mysteries

    Lauren Lee Smith, Chantel Riley

    Premiered2017

    Frankie Drake Mysteries (CBC, 2017) is a Canadian television drama. The show follows the...  more
  • Roots: The Next Generations20
    10
    6

    Roots: The Next Generations

    Marlon Brando, James Earl Jones

    Premiered1979

    Roots: The Next Generations is a television miniseries, introduced in 1979, continuing, from...  more
  • The Bund21
    13
    10

    The Bund

    Chow Yun-Fat, Ray Lui

    Premiered1980

    The Bund is a Hong Kong period drama television series first broadcast on TVB in 1980. It is...  more
  • Lady Chatterley22
    9
    5

    Lady Chatterley

    Sean Bean, Joely Richardson

    Premiered1993

    Lady Chatterley is a 1993 BBC television serial starring Sean Bean and Joely Richardson. It is...  more
  • Paris23
    5
    1

    Paris

    Alexei Sayle, Neil Morrissey

    Premiered1994

    Paris is a British sitcom produced by Talkback Productions for Channel 4. It was written...  more
  • Rebecca24
    7
    4

    Rebecca

    Jeremy Brett, Joanna David

    Premiered1979

    Rebecca (BBC One, 1979) is a British television drama miniseries, based on Daphne du Maurier's...  more
  • Plotlands25
    2
    2

    Plotlands

    Jade Williams, Amanda Abbington

    Premiered1997