Period Dramas Are LIFE

When you are someone like me who has an obsession with historical fiction, where would you be without period dramas?!

I made a comprehensive list of period dramas by chronological time periods. I have watched a few of these but not all. Some of these are more popular (Downton Abbey, Mad Men) while there are some really great underrated series too. Not gonna lie though, some of these are downright cheezy and may not even be historically accurate. But who cares?! I’ll take a dashing Mr. Darcy in his breeches sipping tea by a quaint thicket in his lavish garden any day.

ROMAN ERA

Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010) 100BC-71BC
Rome (2005) 50BC-30BC

MIDDLE AGES

Vikings (2013) 793
The Last Kingdom (2015) 872
Marco Polo (2014) 1271-1368

RENAISSANCE

The White Queen (2013) 1464
Isabel (2012) 1472-1492
Da Vinci’s Demons (2013) 1470s
The Borgias (2011) 1492

TUDOR ERA

The Tudors (2007) 1525-1540s
Wolf Hall (2015) 1500-1535
Reign (2013) 1542-1560

GEORGIAN ERA

Black Sails (2014) 1715
Poldark (2015) 1780s
Banished (2015) 1788
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015) early 1800s
The Red and the Black (1993) 1814-1830

REGENCY PERIOD

Great Expectations (2011) 1812
To the Ends of the Earth (2005) 1812
Garrow’s Law (2009) 1810s-1820s
Vanity Fair (1998) 1811-1820
Lost in Austen (2008) 1811-1820
Pride and Prejudice (1995) 1810s
Emma (2009) 1810s

VICTORIAN ENGLAND

Martin Chuzzlewit (1994) 1842
Cranford (2007) 1840s
North and South (2004) 1840s
Wives and Daughters (1999) 1840s
Jane Eyre (2006) 1840s
Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1996) 1848
Bleak House (2005) 1852-1853
Little Doorit (2008) 1855-1857
Desperate Romantics (2009) 1850s
Doctor Thorne (2016) 1850s
Daniel Deronda (2002) 1865
He Knew He Was Right (2004) 1860s
The Way We Live Now (2001) 1870s
The Buccaneers (1995) 1870s
Tess of the D’Urbervilles (2008) 1870s
The Paradise (2012) 1890
Murdoch Mysteries (2008) 1890s
Lark Rise to Candleford (2008) end of 19th century

The Forsyte Saga (1968) 1886-1936
The Forsyte Saga (2002)

AMERICAN CIVIL WAR & OLD WEST

Underground (2016) 1857
Copper (2012) 1860s
Deadwood (2004) 1876

EDWARDIAN ERA

The Knick (2014) 1900
Berkeley Square (1998) 1902
Mr. Selfridge early (2013) 1900s
Another Period (2015) 1900-1910
When Calls the Heart (2014) 1910

WORLD WAR 1

Parade’s End (2012) 1914-1918 (WW1)
Downton Abbey (2010) 1910s-1920s

THE 20s

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (2012) 1920s
The House of Elliot (1991) 1920s
Little Doorit (2008) 1920s
The Grand (1997) 1920s
Downton Abbey (2010) 1910s-1920s

PROHIBITIONIST ERA

Boardwalk Empire (2010)  1920-1933 (Prohibitionist era)

THE 30s

South Rising (2011) 1930s
Mildred Pierce (2011) 1931
Dancing on the Edge (2013) 1930s
Poirot (1989) 1932-1936
Upstairs Downstairs (2010) 1936

INDIAN BRITISH RAJ

Indian Summers (2015) 1932
The Jewel in the Crown (1984) 1942

WORLD WAR 2

Home Fires (2015) 1939-1940
Island of War (2004) 1940s
Land Girls (2009) 1940s

THE 50s

Call the Midwife (2012) 1950s
The Bletchley Circle (2012) 1952-1953
A Place to Call Home (2013) 1950s
The Hour (2012) 1950s
Masters of Sex (2013) 1950s-1960s

THE 60s

Pan Am (2011) 1960s
Our Mutual Friend (1998) 1960s
Mad Men (2007) 1960s

 

I will keep updating this list as I discover new shows. Maybe get around to watching them.

There are many period dramas from other languages and cultures too, but I haven’t ventured there yet. Also I am very tempted to put Arthur on this list but I don’t think it qualifies as a period drama..

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