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The very best costume drama shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest costume drama shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular costume drama TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining costume drama show of all time is. Don't let your favorite costume drama television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of costume drama television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

This list below has everything from House of Harmony and Vengeance to Bottled Passion.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best costume drama show of all time?" and "What are the greatest costume drama shows?"
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Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Pride and Prejudice Colin Firth, Lucy Davis, Alison Steadman Pride and Prejudice is a six-episode 1995 British television drama, adapted by Andrew Davies from Jane Austen's 1813 novel of the same name. Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth starred as Elizabeth ...more

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North & South is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
North & South Richard Armitage, Sinéad Cusack, Daniela Denby-Ashe North & South is a British television drama serial, produced by the BBC and originally broadcast in four episodes on BBC One in November and December 2004. It follows the story of Margaret ...more

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Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Mad Men Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser Mad Men is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner. The series premiered on July 19, 2007 on the cable network AMC and is produced by Lionsgate Television. The ...more

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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries 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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Reign is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Reign Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows, Torrance Coombs Reign is an American historical fantasy television series following the early years of Mary, Queen of Scots living in France. The series, created by Stephanie SenGupta and Laurie McCarthy, airs ...more

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Hell on Wheels is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Hell on Wheels Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Robin McLeavy Hell on Wheels is a 2011 TV film directed by David Von Ancken.

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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Boardwalk Empire Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza Boardwalk Empire is an American period crime 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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Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
sanja-mslim added Jane Eyre Ruth Wilson, Georgie Henley, Toby Stephens Jane Eyre is a 2006 television adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel of the same name. The story, which has been the subject of numerous television and film adaptations is based on ...more

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Emma is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Emma Michael Gambon, Jonny Lee Miller, Romola Garai Emma is a four-part BBC television drama serial adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Emma, first published in 1815. The episodes were written by Sandy Welch, acclaimed writer of previous BBC ...more

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I, Claudius is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
I, Claudius Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips I, Claudius is a 1976 BBC Television adaptation of Robert Graves's I, Claudius and Claudius the God. Written by Jack Pulman, it starred Derek Jacobi as Claudius, with Siân Phillips, Brian ...more

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Little Dorrit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Little Dorrit Andy Serkis, Freema Agyeman, Matthew Macfadyen Little Dorrit is a 2008 British miniseries based on the serial novel of the same title by Charles Dickens, originally published between 1855 and 1857. The screenplay is by Andrew Davies and the ...more

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Ripper Street is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
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Tess of the D'Urbervilles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Tess of the D'Urbervilles Gemma Arterton, Eddie Redmayne, Anna Massey Driven by poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D'Urbervilles, innocent Tess Durbeyfield finds her ruse falling apart after crossing paths with the suspicious and highly manipulative Alec ...more

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Copper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Copper Franka Potente, Anastasia Griffith, Kyle Schmid Copper is a drama television series created by Tom Fontana and Will Rokos for BBC America. It is set in 1860s New York City during the American Civil War and stars Tom Weston-Jones as an Irish ...more

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Father Brown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Father Brown Father Brown is a British television period drama which began airing on BBC One on 14 January 2013. It features Mark Williams as the eponymous crime-solving Roman Catholic priest. The series is ...more

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Land Girls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Land Girls Becci Gemmell, Susan Cookson, Mark Benton Land Girls is a British television period drama series, first broadcast on BBC One on 7 September 2009. Land Girls was created by Roland Moore and commissioned by the BBC to commemorate the 70th ...more

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Titanic Jenna Coleman, Toby Jones, Maria Doyle Kennedy Titanic is a four-part television miniseries period drama written by Julian Fellowes based on the sinking of the RMS Titanic, a passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April ...more

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Desperate Romantics is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Desperate Romantics Tom Hollander, Aidan Turner, Amy Manson Desperate Romantics is a six-part television drama serial about the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, first broadcast on BBC Two between 21 July and 25 August 2009. The series somewhat fictionalized ...more

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Pan Am is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Pan Am Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie, Michael Mosley Pan Am is an American period drama television series created by writer Jack Orman. Named for the iconic Pan American World Airways, the series features the pilots and stewardesses of the airline ...more

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Roman Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Roman Mysteries Simon Callow, Francesca Isherwood, Harry Stott Roman Mysteries is a television series based on the series of children's historical novels by Caroline Lawrence. It is reportedly the most expensive British children's TV series to date at ...more

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David Copperfield is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
David Copperfield Ian McKellen, Daniel Radcliffe, Maggie Smith David Copperfield is a two-part BBC television drama adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel David Copperfield, adapted by Adrian Hodges. The first part was shown on Christmas Day and the second on ...more

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Shōgun is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Moonpie66 added Shōgun Orson Welles, Richard Chamberlain, Toshiro Mifune Shōgun is an American television miniseries based on the international bestselling 1975 novel of the same name by James Clavell, who also was the executive producer of the miniseries. It was ...more

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The House of Eliott is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
The House of Eliott Louise Lombard, Aden Gillett, Cathy Murphy The House of Eliott is a British television series produced and broadcast by the BBC in three series between 1991 and 1994. The series starred Stella Gonet as Beatrice Eliott and Louise Lombard ...more

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Heartbeat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Heartbeat Sophie Ward, Peter Firth, Derek Fowlds Heartbeat is a British police drama series set in 1960s North Riding of Yorkshire and broadcast on ITV in 18 series between 1992 and 2010. It was made by ITV Studios at the Leeds Studios and on ...more

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Garrow's Law is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Garrow's Law Andrew Buchan, Lyndsey Marshal, Rupert Graves Garrow's Law is a British period legal drama about the 18th-century lawyer William Garrow. The series debuted on 1 November 2009 on BBC One and BBC HD. A second series was announced on 7 July ...more

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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall James Purefoy, Rupert Graves, Toby Stephens The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is a 1996 British television serial adaptation of Anne Brontë's novel of the same name, produced by BBC and directed by Mike Barker. The serial stars Tara ...more

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Berkeley Square is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Berkeley Square Sean Murray, Jason O'Mara, Victoria Smurfit Berkeley Square is a 1998 British dramatic television series that was originally broadcast by BBC One. Set in 1902, it focuses on three young women who are employed as nannies by wealthy ...more

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Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Great Expectations Gillian Anderson, Ray Winstone, Harry Lloyd Great Expectations is a three-part BBC television drama adaptation by Sarah Phelps of the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations. Starring Ray Winstone as Magwitch, Gillian Anderson as Miss ...more

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A Song to Remember is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
A Song to Remember Qi Yuwu, Chen Hanwei A Song to Remember is a MediaCorp Channel 8 historical-cum-musical drama which is set in the 1930s to 1940s in early Singapore before World War II. It debuted on Channel 8 on 22 November 2011 ...more

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Relic of an Emissary is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Relic of an Emissary Chia Hui Liu, Ruco Chan, Sammul Chan Relic of an Emissary is a 2011 Hong Kong historical fiction television drama serial produced by TVB. The 30-episode drama premiered 4 April 2011 on Hong Kong's TVB Jade and TVB HD Jade channels, ...more

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The King's Doctor is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
The King's Doctor Kim So-eun, Lee Yo-won, Lee Sang-woo The King's Doctor is a 2012 South Korean television series, starring Jo Seung-woo and Lee Yo-won. It aired on MBC from October 1, 2012 to March 25, 2013 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 50 ...more

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The Legend of Lady Yang is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
The Legend of Lady Yang Liu Kai-chi, Anne Heung, Kwong Wa The Legend of Lady Yang is a Hong Kong television series based on the romance between Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang dynasty and his consort Yang Yuhuan. The series was produced by TVB and starred ...more

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The Shadow of Empress Wu is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
The Shadow of Empress Wu The Shadow of Empress Wu, also known as Riyue Lingkong, is a Chinese television series about the relationship between Wu Zetian, the only female emperor in Chinese history, and Xie Yaohuan, a ...more

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He Knew He Was Right is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
He Knew He Was Right Bill Nighy, Laura Fraser, Anna Massey He Knew He Was Right was a 2004 BBC TV adaptation of the Anthony Trollope novel He Knew He Was Right. It was directed by Tom Vaughan.

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The Yang's Saga is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
The Yang's Saga Chow Yun-Fat, Andy Lau, Kenneth Tsang The Yang's Saga is a 1985 Hong Kong historical action miniseries based on a series of novels and plays titled Generals of the Yang Clan. The series is a grand production by the television ...more

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South Riding is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
South Riding South Riding is a BBC serial in three parts from 2011, based on the 1936 novel South Riding by Winifred Holtby. It is directed by Diarmuid Lawrence and written by Andrew Davies. It stars Anna ...more

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Ancient Terracotta War Situati... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Ancient Terracotta War Situation Emperor Qin Shi Huang dispatched a group of men and women on a quest to find an elixir that would grant him immortality. When they found it, Dong Er fed it to the man she loved, Meng Tian Fang. ...more

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Grace Under Fire is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Grace Under Fire Elliot Ngok, Kenneth Ma, Ruco Chan Grace Under Fire is a 2011 Hong Kong martial arts television drama. It premiered on 7 March 2011 on Hong Kong's TVB Jade and TVB HD Jade channels, and ran for 32 episodes. Produced by Marco Law, ...more

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The Last Steep Ascent is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
The Last Steep Ascent Maggie Cheung Ho-yee, Elliot Ngok, Moses Chan The Last Steep Ascent is a Hong Kong television drama produced by TVB under executive producer Lee Tim-shing.

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The Return of Iljimae is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
The Return of Iljimae Sandara Park, Kim Min-jong The Return of Iljimae is a 2009 South Korean historical action television series, starring Jung Il-woo in the title role of Iljimae, Yoon Jin-seo, Kim Min-jong and Jung Hye-young. It aired on ...more

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Casanova is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Casanova Frank Finlay, Norman Rossington, Zienia Merton Casanova is a British television drama serial, written by television playwright Dennis Potter. Directed by Mark Cullingham and John Glenister, the serial was made by the BBC and screened on the ...more

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Wide Sargasso Sea is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Wide Sargasso Sea Rebecca Hall, Victoria Hamilton, Nina Sosanya Wide Sargasso Sea is a British television adaptation of Jean Rhys's 1966 novel of the same name. Produced by Kudos Film & Television for BBC Wales, the one-off 90-minute drama was first ...more

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The Love School is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
The Love School Ben Kingsley, Peter Egan The Love School is a BBC television drama series originally broadcast in 1975 about the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, written by John Hale, Ray Lawler, Robin Chapman and John Prebble. It was ...more

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Bottled Passion is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Bottled Passion Niki Chow, Raymond Wong, Raymond Cho Bottled Passion is a Hong Kong television drama produced by Television Broadcasts Limited under executive producer Lee Tim-shing. The drama premiered on Jade and HD Jade channels on 6 December ...more

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The Life and Times of a Sentin... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
The Life and Times of a Sentinel Kenneth Ma, Lai Lok-yi, Power Chan The Life and Times of a Sentinel is a 2011 Hong Kong historical-fiction television drama produced by Television Broadcasts Limited, with Leung Choi-yuen serving as the executive producer. Set in ...more

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Amaya is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Amaya Marian Rivera, Kris Bernal, Glaiza de Castro Amaya is a Philippine historical fiction and period drama series created and developed by Suzette Doctolero for GMA Network, featuring an ensemble cast, and with Marian Rivera in the title role. ...more

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Joys of Life is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Joys of Life Huang Wenyong, Chen Liping, Ann Kok Joys of Life is a Singaporean Chinese drama which was telecasted on Singapore's free-to-air channel, MediaCorp Channel 8. It made its debut on 26 June 2012, consists of 35 episodes, and will be ...more

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The Wild Bunch is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
The Wild Bunch The Wild Bunch is a 1982 Hong Kong TVB costume drama. The drama is set at the end of the Tang Dynasty, when military governors Li Keyong and Zhu Wen fought for territories and power, although ...more

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Gu Am Heo Joon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
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Buang Barp is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Buang Barp Laila Boonyasak, Supakorn Kitsuwon, Tridsadee Sahawong