Generally considered the years between 1795 and 1837, the Regency era spans more than just English empire waists and tales of manners. The same set of years that contains most Jane Austen adaptations also includes the French Restoration - meaning while Emma was happening in one country Les Misérables was happening in another . Television series set in the Regency Era is just as full of social intrigue, drama, and beautiful fashions as the era itself. Even though the Regency period sometimes gets overshadowed by a dozen novel adaptations, the best television series look beyond the books and delve into the social issues of the era.
The late 1700s into the early 19th century was full of big changes all over the world. While politely tense tales were played out in Britan with stories such as Little Dorrit and Northanger Abbey and in France Napoleon Bonaparte was rising to power (and falling from it), the United States was creating the stories that would later fuel the idea of the "wild west" - including vigilantes such as Zorro.
Which of these top TV shows set in the Regency era are the best? Vote up your choices for the best shows set in the Regency era, and see where your favorite Regency TV shows rank.
Premiered: August 25, 2020
Premiered: September 24, 1995
Premiered: December 25, 2020
Premiered: January 1, 2008
Death Comes to PemberleyMatthew Rhys, Anna Maxwell Martin
Premiered: December 26, 2013
Premiered: October 26, 2008
Beecham HouseTom Bateman, Kumiko Kaur Chadha Berges
Sense and Sensibility
Premiered: August 30, 2009
Premiered: April 22, 2019
Premiered: January 7, 2017
The Count of Monte CristoGérard Depardieu, Ornella Muti
Mansfield ParkAnna Massey, Samantha Bond
Premiered: May 5, 1993
Premiered: June 13, 2015
To the Ends of the EarthBenedict Cumberbatch, Sam Neill