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1. Downton Abbey (2010–2015)

TV-PG | 58 min | Drama, Romance

A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century.

Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Brendan Coyle

Votes: 147,737

2. Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky (2005– )

150 min | Drama, Romance

A story of unrequited love set in 1930s London.

Stars: Bryan Dick, Sally Hawkins, Zoë Tapper, Jacqueline Tong

Votes: 359

3. Toate pînzele sus (1977– )

G | 568 min | Action, Adventure

The action follows the ship "Speranta" (Hope) in it's journey half way around the world, with incredible adventures of her crew-members struggling to get through to their destination. On ... See full summary »

Stars: Ion Besoiu, Ilarion Ciobanu, Sebastian Papaiani, Jean Constantin

Votes: 1,429

4. TURN: Washington's Spies (2014–2017)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, History, War

A Long Island farmer bands together a group of childhood friends to form an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America's fight for independence

Stars: Jamie Bell, Heather Lind, Samuel Roukin, Daniel Henshall

Votes: 17,960

5. The Knick (2014–2015)

TV-MA | 58 min | Drama

A look at the professional and personal lives of the staff at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital during the early part of the twentieth century.

Stars: Clive Owen, André Holland, Jeremy Bobb, Juliet Rylance

Votes: 40,271

6. Penny Dreadful (2014–2016)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, scientist Victor Frankenstein, and medium Vanessa Ives unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London.

Stars: Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Reeve Carney

Votes: 103,100

7. Hell on Wheels (2011–2016)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Western

The Civil War is past, but former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon can't put it behind him. Fresh are the memories of the death of his wife, killed at the hands of the Union soldiers, an act that sets him on a course of revenge.

Stars: Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Robin McLeavy, Phil Burke

Votes: 45,228

8. Peaky Blinders (2013– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England; centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby.

Stars: Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson, Helen McCrory, Sophie Rundle

Votes: 231,872

9. The Way We Live Now (2001– )

300 min | Drama, Romance

At the center of the story is Augustus Melmotte, a European-born city financier, whose origins are as mysterious as his business dealings. Trollope describes him as 'something in the city',... See full summary »

Stars: David Suchet, Matthew Macfadyen, Cillian Murphy, Paloma Baeza

Votes: 2,616

10. The Pillars of the Earth (2010)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance

Set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart.

Stars: Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen, Eddie Redmayne, Hayley Atwell

Votes: 27,046

11. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)

TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for thousands of years.

Stars: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey

Votes: 1,596,623

12. Vikings (2013– )

TV-MA | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Vikings transports us to the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok, a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to explore - and raid - the distant shores across the ocean.

Stars: Gustaf Skarsgård, Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig, Travis Fimmel

Votes: 355,884

13. The Imitation Game (2014)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

73 Metascore

During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech

Votes: 632,376 | Gross: $91.13M

14. Kings in Grass Castles (1998)

200 min | Drama

The life of an Irish immigrant family in Australia in the second half of the 19th century.

Stars: Rafe Andrews, Stewart Armstrong, Craig Ashley, Maurie Barlin

Votes: 108

15. Déjà Vu (1997)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Romance

L.A. shop owner Dana and Englishman Sean meet and fall in love at first sight, but Sean is married and Dana is to marry her business partner Alex.

Director: Henry Jaglom | Stars: Victoria Foyt, Stephen Dillane, Vanessa Redgrave, Glynis Barber

Votes: 742 | Gross: $0.82M

16. Firelight (1997)

R | 103 min | Romance, Drama

In 1838, lovely governess Elisabeth agrees to bear a child of anonymous English landowner, and he will in return pay her father's debt. At birth she, as agreed, gives up the child. Seven ... See full summary »

Director: William Nicholson | Stars: Sophie Marceau, Stephen Dillane, Dominique Belcourt, Kevin Anderson

Votes: 3,903 | Gross: $0.78M

17. After the Deluge (2003 TV Movie)

194 min | Drama, Romance

Follows the stories of the four men of the Kirby family. As Alex's marriage breaks apart, Toby tries desperately to start a family, and Marty tries to kick-start his faded music career as ... See full summary »

Director: Brendan Maher | Stars: David Wenham, Hugo Weaving, Samuel Johnson, Aden Young

Votes: 252

18. A Dinner of Herbs (2000)

286 min | Drama, Thriller

A man gets killed and his woman friend agrees to take on his surviving children. But as the decades started passing by, the children soon become aware of some painful secrets from the past.

Stars: Tom Goodman-Hill, Jonathan Kerrigan, Melanie Clark Pullen, Billie Whitelaw

Votes: 269

19. The Mallens (1979– )

60 min | Drama

The series follows a ruthless 19th century Northumberland Squire, Thomas Mallen, and the tumultuous lives of his multiple illegitimate children distinguishable by a white streak in their hair.

Stars: Caroline Blakiston, Mary Healey, Gillian Lewis, Matthew Long

Votes: 69

20. The Cater Street Hangman (1998 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 100 min | Crime, Mystery

With the help of a feisty aristocratic woman, a working-class Scotland Yard inspector hunts for a serial killer of young women in Victorian London.

Director: Sarah Hellings | Stars: Eoin McCarthy, Keeley Hawes, Peter Egan, John Castle

Votes: 224

21. The Mayor of Casterbridge (2003 TV Movie)

196 min | Drama

At a country fair, young hay-trusser Michael Henchard quarrels with his wife Susan, and in a drunken fit decides to auction off his wife and baby to a sailor for five guineas. The next day,... See full summary »

Director: David Thacker | Stars: Ciarán Hinds, Juliet Aubrey, Jodhi May, James Purefoy

Votes: 1,216

22. The Spoils of Poynton (1970– )

168 min | Drama

Adele Gereth has taken young Fleda Vetch under her wing. Adele is intensely houseproud, and sees a potential future mistress of the house in Freda, and an inheritor of her life's work.

Stars: Pauline Jameson, Gemma Jones, Ian Ogilvy, Diane Fletcher

Votes: 51

23. To Serve Them All My Days (1980–1981)

673 min | Drama

David Powlett-Jones has just returned to England from the trenches of WWI. He was injured and shell-shocked and, after a spell in hospital he gets a job teaching in a boys boarding school ... See full summary »

Stars: John Duttine, Frank Middlemass, Alan MacNaughtan, Patricia Lawrence

Votes: 503

24. Master of the Game (1984)

413 min | Drama

Elderly Kate Blackwell looks back at her family's life beginning with her Scottish father Jamie McGregor's journey to South Africa to make his fortune in diamonds. The family history is ... See full summary »

Stars: Dyan Cannon, Harry Hamlin, Ian Charleson, Cliff De Young

Votes: 394

25. The Grand (1997–1998)

60 min | Drama

At the end of World War I, the Bannerman family re-opens the Grand Hotel after a lengthy closure and a costly re-furbishing. The hotel has been in the family for a long time and John ... See full summary »

Stars: Paul Warriner, Rebecca Callard, Susan Hampshire, Tim Healy

Votes: 546

26. The Duchess of Duke Street (1976–1977)

TV-PG | 50 min | Drama

Louisa is an ordinary girl living in Victorian London. She is looking for a job and ends up talking her way into the kitchen of a Lords townhouse. The Lord has a rather snooty French chef, ... See full summary »

Stars: Gemma Jones, Victoria Plucknett, John Welsh, John Cater

Votes: 956

27. Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975)

60 min | Drama

The trials of the British aristocratic Bellamy family and their household staff.

Stars: Gordon Jackson, David Langton, Jean Marsh, Angela Baddeley

Votes: 2,439

28. Voodoo (II) (2010)

13 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Some marriages are cursed from the start - a fact Mr. Decker knows all too well. When his wife returns from her travels abroad and provokes yet another fight, the couple turn to an unusual ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Ratzlaff | Stars: David Nykl, Camille Sullivan, Ali Liebert, Eugene Lipinski

Votes: 22

29. Gran Hotel (2011–2013)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The story of a family-owned hotel set in the fictional coastal Spanish town of Cantaloa in 1905 which is scene to love, blackmail, jealousies, crime, comedy, plots and counter-plots all involving the hotel's owners, guests, detectives and residential employees.

Stars: Adriana Ozores, Amaia Salamanca, Yon González, Eloy Azorín

Votes: 7,619

30. Lilies (2007)

60 min | Drama

Tough, sexy, funny and heartbreaking, Lillies details the lives of Iris, May and Ruby Moss - Catholic sisters coming of age in a dockland terraced house. Familial love sustains them, and ... See full summary »

Stars: Brian McCardie, Catherine Tyldesley, Kerrie Hayes, Leanne Rowe

Votes: 733

31. The House of Eliott (1991–1994)

50 min | Drama

Two sisters Beatrice (Bee) and Evangeline (Evie) hit rock bottom when their father passes away leaving them in debt. Uneducated they strive hard to find jobs deemed worthy of their new ... See full summary »

Stars: Stella Gonet, Louise Lombard, Aden Gillett, Cathy Murphy

Votes: 975

32. The Forsyte Saga (2002–2003)

276 min | Drama, Romance

Chronicles the lives of three generations of the upper-middle-class British family, the Forsytes, from the 1870s to 1920.

Stars: Damian Lewis, Rupert Graves, Gina McKee, Amanda Root

Votes: 4,862

33. Velvet (2013–2016)

43 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A feel-good, compelling Spanish story of a fashion house in Madrid in the late 50's, which is scene to money, fashion, drama, entanglements, love, jealousies, plots, counter-plots involving its owners, customers and residential employees.

Stars: Paula Echevarría, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Manuela Velasco

Votes: 4,314

34. The Pallisers (1974– )

50 min | Drama, Romance

Follows the novels of Anthony Trollope. Beginning with the forced marriage of Glencora (Susan Hampshire), the lives of the friends and children of this couple are the subject of study. The ... See full summary »

Stars: Susan Hampshire, Philip Latham, Barbara Murray, Moray Watson

Votes: 368

35. The Storymaker (2008)

15 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

With my hammer I forge the story of every life, of every person. The most wonderful moments, the most humble, the most fabulous... All of them have been conceived by me.

Director: José Gómezgallego | Stars: Yon González, Madeleine Sanz Dayot, Sauce Ena, Claudio Pina

Votes: 32

36. Berkeley Square (1998– )

50 min | Drama

Three young women from very different backgrounds meet, become friends and share experiences when they all gain positions as nannies in the wealthy households of London's exclusive Berkeley Square.

Stars: Victoria Smurfit, Clare Wilkie, Tabitha Wady, Hermione Norris

Votes: 1,006

37. Bramwell (1995–1998)

TV-MA | 54 min | Drama

In 1895, women were not expected to work - or even know about - medicine. Women were expected to work as house-wives, mothers, teachers and nurses. One woman was determined to change that. ... See full summary »

Stars: Jemma Redgrave, Ruth Sheen, David Calder, Kevin McMonagle

Votes: 663

38. Captains and the Kings (1976)

540 min | Drama

Rags-to-riches tale of an Irish immigrant in late 1800s.

Stars: Richard Jordan, Harvey Jason, Patty Duke, Blair Brown

Votes: 357

39. Rich Man, Poor Man (1976)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama

An examination of the trials and tribulations of the Jordache family, from the period following World War II to the late 1960s.

Stars: Peter Strauss, Nick Nolte, Susan Blakely, Dorothy McGuire

Votes: 2,514

40. The Adams Chronicles (1976)

50 min | Drama, History

Ambitious multipart PBS production that brings to life five generations of one of America's leading political and historical families. It traces their lives from John Adams early years as a... See full summary »

Stars: Tim Wilson, Michael O'Hare, Wesley Addy, David Birney

Votes: 159

41. The Man Who Cried (1993 TV Movie)

157 min | Drama

Abel Mason is a man caught in a loveless marriage with a harridan wife who constantly berates him and beats their son Dick. When the one woman he loves dies at the hands of her husband ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Whyte | Stars: Ciarán Hinds, Kate Buffery, Amanda Root, Daniel Massey

Votes: 228

42. Aristocrats (1999– )

TV-14 | 300 min | Drama, History

18th-century England and Ireland viewed through the eyes of four beautiful high-born sisters - Caroline, Emily, Louisa, and Sarah Lennox, great-granddaughters of a king, daughters of a cabinet minister, and wives of politicians and peers.

Stars: Siân Phillips, Alun Armstrong, Ben Daniels, Serena Gordon

Votes: 1,327

43. Clarissa (1991– )

156 min | History

A virtuous young woman is oppressed by her ambitious family and a rake who's becomes obsessed with her.

Stars: Sean Bean, Saskia Wickham, Jonny Phillips, Lynsey Baxter

Votes: 538

44. The Barchester Chronicles (1982)

385 min | Drama

When a crusade against the Church of England's practice of self-enrichment misfires, scandal taints the cozy community of Barchester when their local church becomes the object of a scathing, investigative report.

Stars: Donald Pleasence, Janet Maw, Nigel Hawthorne, Angela Pleasence

Votes: 969

45. Lillie (1978– )

52 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

Lillie Langtry, trapped in a loveless marriage, takes full advantage of her beauty, attracting many lovers and admirers including the Prince of Wales and Oscar Wilde. As her husband slowly ... See full summary »

Stars: Francesca Annis, Catherine Feller, Peggy Ann Wood, Anton Rodgers

Votes: 456

46. The Inheritance (1997 TV Movie)

95 min | Drama, Romance

A 19th-century woman, companion to a blue-blooded New England girl, falls for an aristocrat.

Director: Bobby Roth | Stars: Cari Shayne, Brigitta Dau, Paul Anthony Stewart, Brigid Brannagh

Votes: 1,285

48. The Last Kingdom (2015– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Drama, History

As Alfred the Great defends his kingdom from Norse invaders, Uhtred - born a Saxon but raised by Vikings - seeks to claim his ancestral birthright.

Stars: Alexander Dreymon, Ian Hart, David Dawson, Eliza Butterworth

Votes: 56,803

49. The Time in Between (2013–2014)

853 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Sira Quiroga is a young Spanish dressmaker engaged to a solid suitor when a suave typewriter salesman upends her life. Spain is being upended by a civil war and the new regime's growing ... See full summary »

Stars: Adriana Ugarte, Hannah New, Ben Temple, Peter Vives

Votes: 3,137

50. Isabel (2011–2014)

75 min | Biography, History

8.3