The Ultimate Historical TV Quiz
by Staff
Like historical fiction in the literary world, TV shows transform us to times long gone and give us a glimpse at people both real and imagined. Take our quiz to see how much you know of some of the best historical TV shows, both past and present.

What is the name of the family that stars in "Downton Abbey?'

  • Crawford
  • Crawley
  • Crandall

When does the first episode of "Downton Abbey" take place?

  • 1890
  • 1902
  • 1912

Why does Cora miscarry in Season 1 of "Downton Abbey?"

  • she slips on soap
  • she's in a car crash
  • she's poisoned

What state is Deadwood located in?

  • Montana
  • Wyoming
  • South Dakota

Who plays the role of Sheriff Seth Bullock in "Deadwood?"

  • Timothy Olyphant
  • Billy Bob Thornton
  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Who was killed during a poker game the day after the real Sheriff Seth Bullock came to Deadwood?

  • Annie Oakley
  • Wild Bill Hickok
  • Jesse James

When is the show "Manhattan" set?

  • 1920s
  • 1940s
  • 1960s

What king is featured on "The Tudors?"

  • Louis XIV
  • George V
  • Henry VIII

What was King Henry VIII best known for, other than the whole royalty thing?

  • his brains
  • his artistic skill
  • his many marriages

Where is "Boardwalk Empire" set?

  • New Jersey
  • California
  • Florida

What gangster does Stephen Graham play on "Boardwalk Empire?"

  • John Gotti
  • Al Capone
  • Machine Gun Kelly

In what century does "The Three Musketeers" take place?

  • 15th
  • 16th
  • 17th

Who is not one of the musketeers on the show?

  • Athos
  • Aramis
  • Treville

When is "The Borgias" set?

  • 14th century
  • 15th century
  • 16th century

Where did the Salem Witch Trials take place?

  • Vermont
  • New Hampshire
  • Massachusetts

When did "The Untouchables" premiere?

  • 1949
  • 1959
  • 1969

Which king built Versailles?

  • Louis XIV
  • Louis XVIII
  • Henry VIII

When is "Versailles" set?

  • 15th century
  • 16th century
  • 17th century

In what town did "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" help to heal the sick?

  • Colorado Springs
  • Walnut Grove
  • St. Louis

When is "Mad Men" set?

  • 1950s
  • 1960s
  • 1970s

What is Don Draper's favorite brand of smokes?

  • Newport
  • Marlboro
  • Lucky Strike

What war does "Turn: Washington's Spies" focus on?

  • American Revolution
  • Civil War
  • World War I

Which royal is the focus of "Reign" on The CW?

  • Mary, Queen of Scots
  • Queen Victoria
  • Marie Antoinette

When is "Reign" set?

  • 14th century
  • 15th century
  • 16 century

What war takes place on "MASH?"

  • Korean War
  • Vietnam War
  • World War II

When is the series "Ripper Street" set?

  • 1799
  • 1889
  • 1999

Who plays Detective Inspector Edmund Reid on "Ripper Street?"

  • Jerome Flynn
  • Matthew Macfadyen
  • David Wilmot

What is a penny dreadful?

  • a person
  • a dead person
  • a book

In what state was the "Little House on the Prairie" series set?

  • Montana
  • Minnesota
  • Wyoming

What was the last name of the family featured on "Little House on the Prairie?"

  • Ingalls
  • Gilbert
  • Landon