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Shows like The Knick: The Early Days of Modern Medicine

No genetic testing or MRI scans in these dramas, just doctors and nurses doing the best they can with the limited technology and knowledge at their disposal.

Dramas Celebrating Female Friendship

These dramas and dramadies span continents, centuries, and setting, but all focus on enduring friendships between women--these series pass the Bechdel test with flying colors.

Shows Like Gosford Park: Early 20th Century Dramas

In the words of Virginia Woolf, "on or about December 1910, human character changed" and these shows are set in the era as those changes were unfolding.

Shows like Anzac Girls: World War I TV

These dramas and documentaries tell the story of the "other" Great War from the perspective of soldiers, civilians, and leaders.

Shows like Nurse Jackie: Nursing you Back to Health Shows

According to Gallup, nurses are the most trusted professionals in the US (members of Congress are the least trusted); these series demonstrate why nurses deserve every last ounce of that respect.

Best Period Dramas

A list of the highest-rated period dramas spanning across eras and countries, although the UK is particularly well represented.

Shows like Our Girl: Saving Lives on the Front Line

Soldiers aren't the only heroes in battle--medics, doctors, and nurses risk their lives every day to save lives on the front line. These series tell the stories of military medics from the Civil War through Iraq and Afghanistan.

Female-Led Dramas from the Early 20th Century

These dramas are set in the first half of the Twentieth Century, and center around women, their relationships, and struggles to make it in what was then very much a man's world.

Shows like Call The Midwife: Period Dramas about British Women

These lush period dramas revolve around groups of women--sometimes sisters, sometimes friends, sometimes even both--and their relationships with each other and the world.

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