"The Americans" and dozens of other period dramas prove the past is never ancient history on TV. Costumed romances, randy royals, sexy swordplay and 1980s spy fashion keep TV viewers time-traveling as scores of series and miniseries chart history from biblical times all the way up to the 1990s. The timeline below offers a look at 49 recent or upcoming period dramas. Just click on the + marks and the images to read more, link to my past reviews or interviews, or watch videos from the shows.

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