Quiz: The Ultimate Historical TV Quiz
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The Ultimate Historical TV Quiz
By: Staff
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About This Quiz

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.

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

"Downton Abbey" tells the story of Robert and Cora Crawley, the Earl and Countess of Grantham.

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

"Downton Abbey" begins the day after the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Future series carry on through WWI and the 1920s.

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

Cora loses her baby after slipping on a bar of soap left near the bath by evil maid O'Brien.

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What state is Deadwood located in?

"Deadwood" is set in the town of Deadwood, South Dakota during the 1870s, as it transitioned from lawless camp to full-fledged town.

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

Timothy Olyphant plays Sheriff Bullock — a lawman/hardware store owner.

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

Wild West legend Wild Bill Hickok was killed by Jack McCall during a poker game right after Bullock came to town, prompting cries for better law enforcement and order.

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When is the show "Manhattan" set?

"Manhattan" tells the story of the first nuclear weapons, which were developed in Los Alamos in the early 1940s.

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What king is featured on "The Tudors?"

Showtime's "The Tudors" tells the story of King Henry VIII of England.

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

Henry VIII is often remembered for his many marriages, several of which ended when he had the woman executed. Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays the often-wed king in the series.

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Where is "Boardwalk Empire" set?

"Boardwalk Empire" takes place in Prohibition-era Atlantic City, on the New Jersey coast.

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

Graham plays Chicago gangster Al Capone is the first five seasons of the show.

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

Filmed in the Czech Republic, the show is set in 17th century Paris.

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Who is not one of the musketeers on the show?

Athos, Aramis and Porthos play the three musketeers, who are led by Captain Treville as they fight to protect the king.

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When is "The Borgias" set?

"The Borgias" tells the story of Rodrigo Borgia, as he becomes Pope Alexander VI in 1492.

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Where did the Salem Witch Trials take place?

The TV series "Salem" tells the story of the 17th century witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts.

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When did "The Untouchables" premiere?

"The Untouchables," which ran from 1959 to 1963, told the story of a group of prohibition agents in 1930s Chicago, and was based on the memoir of Eliot Ness.

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Which king built Versailles?

The show "Versailles" tells the story of King Louis XIV and his quest to build a monumental palace known as Versailles.

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When is "Versailles" set?

"Versailles" is set in the 1660s, when Louis XIV moved the French court from Paris to Versailles.

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

"Dr. Quinn" was set in Colorado Springs in the 1860s, and ran from 1993 to 1998.

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When is "Mad Men" set?

"Mad Men" tells the story of Madison Avenue advertising executives in NYC during the 1960s.

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What is Don Draper's favorite brand of smokes?

Lucky Strike not only serves as Draper's favorite brand to savor, but the company is also one of Sterling Cooper's biggest clients.

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

"Turn" is set during the American Revolution, and tells the story of a group of spies known as the Culpeper Ring.

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

"Reign" tells the story of Mary, Queen of Scots

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When is "Reign" set?

"Reign" is set in the 16th century, while Mary was living in France and preparing to marry Prince Francis.

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What war takes place on "MASH?"

"MASH" ran from 1972 to 1983, and tells the story of an army hospital during the Korean War.

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When is the series "Ripper Street" set?

"Ripper Street" takes place in 1889, just months after the Ripper killings in London.

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

Matthew Macfadyen takes on the role of D.I. Edmund Reid, who attempts to keep the people of Whitechapel safe from serial killers and other dangers.

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What is a penny dreadful?

The term "penny dreadful" refers to a 19th century book, often with a sensational plot, which was cheaply made and cost very little. A show with this name premiered on Showtime in 2014.

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

"Little House on the Prairie" took place in the 1870s and 1880s in the town of Walnut Grove, Minnesota.

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

"Little House" told the story of the Ingalls family, with Melissa Gilbert playing the role of Laura and Michael Landon as her father Charles.

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