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.
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.
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?