7 Great Period Television Shows You Should Be Watching ...

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When you get tired of the modern world, period television shows are a great option for some entertainment.

Whether it is the 14th century or the 6190s, period television shows give us a glimpse into the past and what life was like.

They might not always be the most historically accurate shows, but they are still great entertainment.

If you love great costumes, great drama, and sometimes-great accents, these period television shows are great to check out.

1. Reign

I recently started watching Reign and I think it is one of the best period television shows out there.

It is a combination of Gossip Girl and a history lesson.

It follows Mary Queen of Scots as she enters the French court to marry Prince Francis.

There are secrets, and threats, and love triangles within the castle walls.

Not to mention the costumes are fabulous.

It might not be the most historically accurate period show, but it certainly is entertaining.

2. The Tudors

There has always been intrigue around King Henry VIII, but The Tudors has turned it into television gold.

The story of King Henry is filled with seduction, passion, and conflict.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers is absolutely incredible as King Henry.

3. Downton Abbey

I just love following the lives of the wealthy Crawley family and the drama with their servants in early 20th Century Britain.

While I love the gorgeous costumes, this show makes me feel pretty fortunate I don’t live in a time with such strict social rules.

Not to mention I am obsessed with the love story between Matthew and Lady Mary.

4. Boardwalk Empire

If you are a fan of Martin Scorsese, then you will love Boardwalk Empire.

It chronicles a political figure who controls the many speakeasies and bootleggers in Atlantic City during the Prohibition Era.2

This show has everything an HBO show usually has.

Sex, crime, passion, and betrayal.

Steve Buscemi also plays in his most notable role as the main character Nucky.

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