'Mad Men,' 'Downton Abbey' and more great TV that took viewers to decades past
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1910s: "Downton Abbey"
Why it's the best: For all its soap operatics, the saga of the Granthams movingly painted the essential tragedy of the pre-and post-World War I years; the brutal rush of modernity to bury all that had stood as Tradition in society.
Other ’10s contenders: “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles,” “Upstairs, Downstairs”
— Richard Rushfield