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.
"Downton Abbey" tells the story of Robert and Cora Crawley, the Earl and Countess of Grantham.
"Downton Abbey" begins the day after the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Future series carry on through WWI and the 1920s.
Cora loses her baby after slipping on a bar of soap left near the bath by evil maid O'Brien.
"Deadwood" is set in the town of Deadwood, South Dakota during the 1870s, as it transitioned from lawless camp to full-fledged town.
Timothy Olyphant plays Sheriff Bullock — a lawman/hardware store owner.
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.
"Manhattan" tells the story of the first nuclear weapons, which were developed in Los Alamos in the early 1940s.
Showtime's "The Tudors" tells the story of King Henry VIII of England.
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.
"Boardwalk Empire" takes place in Prohibition-era Atlantic City, on the New Jersey coast.
Graham plays Chicago gangster Al Capone is the first five seasons of the show.
Filmed in the Czech Republic, the show is set in 17th century Paris.
Athos, Aramis and Porthos play the three musketeers, who are led by Captain Treville as they fight to protect the king.
"The Borgias" tells the story of Rodrigo Borgia, as he becomes Pope Alexander VI in 1492.
The TV series "Salem" tells the story of the 17th century witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts.
"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.
The show "Versailles" tells the story of King Louis XIV and his quest to build a monumental palace known as Versailles.
"Versailles" is set in the 1660s, when Louis XIV moved the French court from Paris to Versailles.
"Dr. Quinn" was set in Colorado Springs in the 1860s, and ran from 1993 to 1998.
"Mad Men" tells the story of Madison Avenue advertising executives in NYC during the 1960s.
Lucky Strike not only serves as Draper's favorite brand to savor, but the company is also one of Sterling Cooper's biggest clients.
"Turn" is set during the American Revolution, and tells the story of a group of spies known as the Culpeper Ring.
"Reign" tells the story of Mary, Queen of Scots
"Reign" is set in the 16th century, while Mary was living in France and preparing to marry Prince Francis.
"MASH" ran from 1972 to 1983, and tells the story of an army hospital during the Korean War.
"Ripper Street" takes place in 1889, just months after the Ripper killings in London.
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.
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.
"Little House on the Prairie" took place in the 1870s and 1880s in the town of Walnut Grove, Minnesota.
"Little House" told the story of the Ingalls family, with Melissa Gilbert playing the role of Laura and Michael Landon as her father Charles.