On January 10, 1971, the PBS series Masterpiece Theatre first aired in the U.S. Now known simply as Masterpiece, this anthology show has broadcast dozens upon dozens of amazing historical costume dramas over the years. Before streaming TV services and on-demand video, heck, before there were hundreds of cable channels, Masterpiece was how American audiences had access to the finest frock flicks, usually from the U.K.
Let’s celebrate the best of PBS and pick our faves! We’ve winnowed the many, many Masterpiece Theatre classics down to a highly subjective list — now you battle it out. Note the dates are when the shows premiered in the states, because that’s how we roll.
Tell us why you picked your favorite (or how hard it was to choose just one or if we left off your real fave)!