Pre-Victorian and the Victorian Era (1820-1901)
The Victorian Era began in 1837 with the start of Queen Victoria’s reign and ended in 1901 with her death. Because the Regency Era ended in 1820, we decided to lump the post Regency era together with the Victorian Period. For those who love everything Victorian in literature, fashion, and period dramas, this is the perfect page for you! Overall, some of the most romantic period dramas can be found within this technological age. You will discover Brontë adaptations as well as Charles Dickens and even the swoony North and South starring Richard Armitage.
Aside from the European Victorian Era, you will see large moments in American history such as the Civil War, the Wild West, and the Gilded Age (1870-1900) which marked a huge economic growth for the United States after the Civil War.
Outside of the European and American world, our period drama reviews once again include historical dramas set in Asian countries. Keep an eye out for Chinese period dramas set during the middle of the Qing (Ch’ing) Dynasty (1644-1912). Then there are the Korean dynasties. You may come across dramas set during the middle of the very long Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).
Note: As always, the content on our site has a more old-fashioned theme and focuses more on PG-13 content or below. Anything Rated R or rated TV-MA will get a content warning in the review.
Be sure to check out the other historical eras from our main page of the Period Drama Review Archives. From Ancient, Baroque, WWI, to Georgian, there are several period dramas just waiting for you to check out!
Pre-Victorian and the Victorian Era (1820-1901) Period Drama Reviews
Top Photo Credits: Far From the Madding Crowd (Fox Searchlight), Victoria (2016), Gone With the Wind (MGM), North and South (BBC), Little Dorrit (BBC), and Jane Eyre (BBC)