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The Greatest Period TV Shows Set in the Regency Era

Updated January 12, 2021 9.9k votes 1.8k voters 13.4k views35 items

List RulesVote up the best shows set in the Regency Era (from about 1795 to 1837).

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? 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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  • Sanditon1
    1,861
    111

    Sanditon

    Rose Williams, Crystal Clarke

    Premiered2020

    Sanditon (ITV, 2020) is a British historical period drama television series adapted by Andrew... more on Wikipedia
  • Pride and Prejudice2
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    142

    Pride and Prejudice

    Colin Firth, Lucy Davis

    Premiered1995

    Pride and Prejudice is a six-episode 1995 British television drama, adapted by Andrew Davies... more on Wikipedia
  • Bridgerton3
    730
    255

    Bridgerton

    Adjoa Andoh, Julie Andrews

    Premiered2020

    Bridgerton (Netflix, 2020) is an American period drama television series created by Shonda... more on Wikipedia
  • Sense and Sensibility4
    295
    171

    Sense and Sensibility

    David Morrissey, Dominic Cooper

    Premiered2008

    Sense and Sensibility is a 2008 British television drama adaptation of Jane Austen's 1811... more on Wikipedia
  • Northanger Abbey5
    Northanger Abbey is a 1986 made-for-television film adaptation of Jane Austen's novel... more on Wikipedia
  • Little Dorrit6
    129
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    Little Dorrit

    Andy Serkis, Freema Agyeman

    Premiered2008

    Little Dorrit is a 2008 British miniseries based on the serial novel of the same title by... more on Wikipedia
  • War & Peace7
    137
    161

    War & Peace

    Paul Dano, Lily James

    Premiered2016

    War & Peace is a 2016 British-American historical period drama television serial, based on Leo... more on Wikipedia
  • Beecham House8
    111
    131

    Beecham House

    Tom Bateman, Kumiko Kaur Chadha Berges

    Premiered2019

  • Death Comes to Pemberley9
    149
    181

    Death Comes to Pemberley

    Matthew Rhys, Anna Maxwell Martin

    Premiered2013

    Death Comes to Pemberley is a three-part British television drama based on the best-selling... more on Wikipedia
  • Les Misérables10
    108
    148

    Les Misérables

    John Malkovich, Gérard Depardieu

    Premiered2000

    Les Misérables is a 2000 French television miniseries based on the novel of the same name by... more on Wikipedia
  • Emma11
    102
    148

    Emma

    Kate Beckinsale, Mark Strong

    Premiered1996

    Jane Austen's Emma is an adaptation of the 1815 novel of the same name. It was adapted for the... more on Wikipedia
  • Wuthering Heights12
    Wuthering Heights is a two-part ITV television serial adaptation of the novel Wuthering... more on Wikipedia
  • Sense and Sensibility13
    77
    121

    Sense and Sensibility

    Sense and Sensibility is a 1981 BBC television adaptation of Jane Austen's novel. The... more on Wikipedia
  • Les Miserables14
    95
    154

    Les Miserables

    Dominic West, David Oyelowo

    Premiered2018

    Les Misérables (2018, BBC) is a miniseries adaptation of Victor Hugo's French historical novel... more on Wikipedia
  • Pride and Prejudice15
    81
    140

    Pride and Prejudice

    Barbara Shelley, Judy Parfitt

    Premiered1980

    Pride and Prejudice is a 1980 BBC television serial, adapted by British novelist Fay Weldon... more on Wikipedia
  • The Count of Monte Cristo16
    71
    139

    The Count of Monte Cristo

    Gérard Depardieu, Ornella Muti

    Premiered1998

    The Count of Monte Cristo (1998, TF1) is a French four-part miniseries based on the 1844 novel... more on Wikipedia
  • Taboo17
    75
    148

    Taboo

    Tom Hardy, Leo Bill

    Premiered2018

    Taboo (FX, 2017) is a British television drama series created by Tom Hardy, Edward "Chips"... more on Wikipedia
  • Vanity Fair18
    47
    98

    Vanity Fair

    Natasha Little, Frances Grey

    Premiered1998

    Vanity Fair is a BBC television drama serial adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's novel... more on Wikipedia
  • Gentleman Jack19
    82
    165

    Gentleman Jack

    Suranne Jones

    Premiered2019

    Gentleman Jack (HBO, 2019) is a British-American historical drama series created by Sally... more on Wikipedia
  • Les Misérables20
    62
    141

    Les Misérables

    Dominic West, David Oyelowo

    Premiered2018

    Les Misérables (BBC, 2018) is a British television miniseries based on the French historical... more on Wikipedia
  • Mansfield Park21
    48
    122

    Mansfield Park

    Anna Massey, Samantha Bond

    Premiered1983

    Mansfield Park is a 1983 British television drama serial, made by the BBC, and adapted from... more on Wikipedia
  • Sharpe22
    38
    109

    Sharpe

    Sarah Daykin, Alex Macqueen

    Premiered1993

    Sharpe is a British series of historical war television dramas starring Sean Bean as Richard... more on Wikipedia
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell23
    36
    117

    Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

    Bertie Carvel, Eddie Marsan

    Premiered2015

    Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (BBC, 2015) is a seven-part British fantasy television series to... more on Wikipedia
  • To the Ends of the Earth24
    15
    90

    To the Ends of the Earth

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Sam Neill

    Premiered2005

    To the Ends of the Earth is a three-part BBC television miniseries adaptation of the trilogy... more on Wikipedia
  • Jack of All Trades25
    18
    111

    Jack of All Trades

    Bruce Campbell, Angela Marie Dotchin

    Premiered2000

    Jack of All Trades is a half-hour-long syndicated action-comedy television series which ran... more on Wikipedia