Top 6 Period Drama TV Series


It is defined as history that took place somewhere in the past (the 1700s, 1800s, 1900s) and it is often confused with historical dramas, but period dramas are fiction. It is also interesting to see, as it has a classic atmosphere that cannot be seen today, like cars, music, classic buildings, clothes, and much more.


1. Downtown Abbey


It is set in 1912s Yorkshire and shows the daily life of the Crawley family and their servants on the Grantham estate. In the first series, news of the Titanic’s sinking was reported, as was the onset of World War I and the Spanish flu epidemic.


Creator: Julian Fellowes

Network: iTV

Starring: Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville



2. The Queen’s Gambit


To become an elite chess player, orphan chess prodigy Elizabeth Harman chronicles her life as she grapples with emotional problems, drug, and alcohol addiction. The title of the series refers to the chess opening of the same name. The story begins in the mid-1950s and continues into the 1960s.


Creator: Scott Frank, Allan Scott

Network: Netflix

Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Harry Melling, Thomas Brodie-Sangster


3. Peaky Blinders


The series follows an Irish-Romanesque gangster family in Birmingham, England in 1919, a few months after the end of World War I in November 1918. The story revolves around the Peaky Blinders gang and their boss. Ambitious and very cunning  Tommy Shelby.


Creator: Steven Knight

Network: BBC, Netflix

Starring: Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Helen McCrory



4. Boardwalk Empire


It follows Nucky Thompson, a politician who controls Atlantic City during the prohibition era in the 1920s and 1930s. The story shows his personal and political life, including mafias, politicians, government agents, and ordinary people who admire him.


Creator: Terence Winter

Network: HBO

Starring: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Pitt



5. Mad Men


The series centered on advertising agency Don Draper, and also showed the different ways of life in New York City in the 1960s. Mad Men emphasizes the memory of progress as a means of revealing the character’s past.


Creator: Matthew Weiner

Network: Amazon Prime Video

Starring: Jon Hamm, January Jones, Elisabeth Moss



6. The Alienist


Set in 1896, a police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt teaming up with Dr. Laszlo Kreizler a criminal psychiatrist (alienist), and John Moore a journalist, they trying to investigate the murder of a boy.


Creator: David Caffrey

Network: TNT

Starring: Daniel Bruhl, Dakota Fanning, Luke Evans

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