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The Greatest Period TV Shows Set During the '20s

Updated January 12, 2021 1.2k votes 222 voters 10.9k 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 on Wikipedia
  • Downton Abbey2
    79
    17

    Downton Abbey

    Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan

    Premiered2010

    Downton Abbey (ITV, 2010) is a British historical drama television series created by Julian... more on Wikipedia
  • Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries3
    74
    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 on Wikipedia
  • Babylon Berlin4
    45
    9

    Babylon Berlin

    Volker Bruch, Liv Lisa Fries
    Babylon Berlin (Netflix, 2018) is a German period drama television series based on the novels... more on Wikipedia
  • Boardwalk Empire5
    52
    16

    Boardwalk Empire

    Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham

    Premiered2010

    Boardwalk Empire (HBO, 2010) is an American period crime drama television series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • Cable Girls6
    20
    8

    Cable Girls

    Maggie Civantos, Nadia de Santiago
    Cable Girls (Netflix, 2017) is a Spanish period drama web television series. In 1928, four... more on Wikipedia
  • 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 on Wikipedia
  • Lady Chatterley8
    17
    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 on Wikipedia
  • American Horror Story: Hotel9
    22
    12

    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 on Wikipedia
  • The Grand10
    16
    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 on Wikipedia
  • Upstairs, Downstairs11
    11
    1

    Upstairs, Downstairs

    Gordon Jackson, David Langton

    Premiered1971

    Upstairs, Downstairs is a British television drama series originally produced by London... more on Wikipedia
  • Mr Selfridge12
    21
    14

    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
  • Margie13
    16
    9

    Margie

    Dave Willock, Cynthia Pepper

    Premiered1961

    Margie is an American television situation comedy starring Cynthia Pepper that was broadcast... more on Wikipedia
  • Brideshead Revisited14
    18
    13

    Brideshead Revisited

    Jeremy Irons, Laurence Olivier

    Premiered1981

    Brideshead Revisited is a 1981 British television serial produced by Granada Television for... more on Wikipedia
  • Underbelly: Squizzy15
    12
    5

    Underbelly: Squizzy

    Underbelly: Squizzy, the sixth series of the Nine Network crime drama series Underbelly,... more on Wikipedia
  • The Thorn Birds16
    11
    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 on Wikipedia
  • Rebecca17
    Rebecca is a 1997 British/German television serial directed by Jim O'Brien. The teleplay by... more on Wikipedia
  • The Forsyte Saga18
    12
    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 on Wikipedia
  • The Bund19
    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 on Wikipedia
  • Frankie Drake Mysteries20
    8
    4

    Frankie Drake Mysteries

    Lauren Lee Smith, Chantel Riley

    Premiered2017

    Frankie Drake Mysteries (CBC, 2017) is a Canadian television drama. The show follows the... more on Wikipedia
  • The House of Eliott21
    11
    7

    The House of Eliott

    Louise Lombard, Aden Gillett

    Premiered1991

    The House of Eliott is a British television series produced and broadcast by the BBC in three... more on Wikipedia
  • Roots: The Next Generations22
    9
    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 on Wikipedia
  • 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 on Wikipedia
  • Resistance24
    15
    15

    Resistance

    Brian Gleeson Aoife Duffin Simone Kirby Natasha O'Keeffe Gavin Drea

    Premiered2019

    Resistance (RTÉ One, 2019) is an Irish historical fiction television miniseries written by... more on Wikipedia
  • The Making of the Mob: Chicago25
    8
    5

    The Making of the Mob: Chicago

    Ray Liotta, Michael Kotsohilis

    Premiered2016

    The Making of the Mob (AMC, 2015) is a television docu-series detailing the emergence of... more on Wikipedia