Five Favorite Men of TV’s Period Pieces


Tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern the CW premieres Reign, a period drama focusing on a young Mary, Queen of Scots. Since this is the CW, there will be lots of scandalous teenage sexuality. This series is also boasting a buzzy soundtrack featuring current artists like Mumford & Sons and Santigold. They're hoping the juxtaposition of cool, contemporary tracks against bodice-ripping melodrama will be enough to add a little spice to the historical soap.

Reign isn't the first television period piece and, with shows like The Gilded Age in development, it certainly won't be the last. Sure, the secret to success is in the storytelling, but, come on, a handsome leading man to get your petticoats all tied in knots certainly doesn't hurt.

Travel through time with five favorite men of TV's period pieces, AFTER THE JUMP ...



Spartacus (Liam McIntyre), Spartacus

After tragically losing Spartacus originator Andy Whitfield, Liam McIntyre proved a worthy follow-up to fill his gladiator sandals. 


King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), The Tudors

Jonathan Rhys Meyers is set to appear in another period piece, NBC's Dracula (set in Victorian London), Oct. 25. But we doubt he'll be baring as much skin as he did in this Showtime original series.


Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth), Pride and Prejudice

Who knew a wet undershirt could be as titillating as an Andrew Christian video?


Jimmy Kent (Ed Speleers), Downton Abbey

As the ever-fabulous Dowager Countess once pointed out, "He looks like a footman in a musical revue." It's no wonder he caught Thomas' eye.


Don Draper (Jon Hamm), Mad Men

Not to discount the incredible work of the rest of the cast of Mad Men, but the beloved '60s period drama would be nothing without its handsome anti-hero.

Who are your favorite men of TV period pieces?