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The Best Costume Drama TV Shows  

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List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best Costume Drama TV series.

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
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
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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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
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) 4 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
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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Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
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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Hell on Wheels is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
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
Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza
Boardwalk Empire is an American period 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 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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Little Dorrit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
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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Emma is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
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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Ripper Street is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
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I, Claudius is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
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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Father Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
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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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Tess of the D'Urbervilles is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Land Girls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
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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Desperate Romantics is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
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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Copper is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
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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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies
Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Created by Ronald D. Moore and produced by Left Bank ...more
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David Copperfield is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
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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Pan Am is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
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) 22 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
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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The House of Eliott is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Costume Drama TV Shows
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
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
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