The 4 Best TV Shows That Are Set In The Past

There are so many TV shows to watch these days. It can be hard to know what to plonk yourself in front of at the end of the night. Personally, I’m sick of all these modern spy dramas and thrillers, they all feel like carbon copies of each other. I want to watch something fresh and exciting.

That’s why I prefer historical TV shows, and ones not set in the modern day. They let me watch an adventure that I could never experience myself, because it’s so far back in time! No modern technology, no gadgets. It’s easy to get hooked, and it’s a world I want more of because it’s unfamiliar. Here are a few of the best.

Mad Men

Set in 1960s New York, Mad Men is about Don Draper, an ad executive and mysterious employee of a renowned ad agency. It ended last May after a 7 season run, and boy was it enjoyable. It gave you a taste of that luxury 60s lifestyle, and because it was set overseas, it allowed us to take a look at how things worked elsewhere.

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It was so popular that there are rumors of a Mad Men film being made. I don’t know how they’d do it given the ending of the show, but I’d be queuing up opening night!


Everyone loves time travel! Especially when it takes you to some magical places. That’s exactly what Outlander is, starring a nurse named Claire in 1945 who gets transported back to Scotland, 1743.

At first, it might seem a little cheesy, but that’s because every other show like this is cheesy. Outlander is different. It’s well acted, and looks convincing. And with Outlander season 2 set to air in April of this year, there’s never been a better time to catch up!

Peaky Blinders

Peaky Blinders is great because the acting talent is top notch. Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy and Sam Neill all starred in the 2 seasons, with a third to come. In fact the Peaky Blinders Twitter account still posts tweets to this day!

It’s about the Peaky Blinders gang in Birmingham in the late 19th century, and it’s fascinating to watch. It really makes you appreciate your nice warm house and mug of hot chocolate a lot more!

Boardwalk Empire

With 57 Emmy nominations, you know Boardwalk Empire will deliver. It finished in 2014, but it’s one you should catch up on. There are 5 seasons, and the visual style is incredible. It’s set in New Jersey and stars Steve Buscemi as a politician who frequently dabbles with gangsters.

It’s tense, and it’s better than most movies. That’s probably because it had a huge budget and filmmakers making it, but still! Well worth a watch.

So there you have it. Take a trip back in time (some further than others!) and have an enjoyable night in front of the telly! Let me know if you’ve watched any of these in the comments! And if you have any other recommendations, I’m all ears!

All information, ideas and opinion are not mine.

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