Period pieces can transport viewers back in time to a radically different era and, perhaps due to the stressful nature of modern times, a litany of new period piece TV series have emerged in recent years. Some enjoy period pieces for nostalgic reasons, to escape to a seemingly simpler time. Others find it comforting to see how humanity has faced and dealt with problems in the past, a reminder the world can overcome great difficulty. Reviewing the past is a wonderful way to glean wisdom for the present and the best new period piece shows make relevant points about the here and now with source material from bygone eras.
What shows will you find on this list of new period piece shows? From the way characters dress to how they talk to what they eat, the Netflix series Stranger Things is full of '80s nostalgia. Many fans have compared the show's throwback feel to the works of Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter. Better Call Saul, set about 15 years ago in the early 2000s, is another good period piece TV show on now. The first season of American Crime Story was set in the '90s and dove deep into the murder trial of O.J. Simpson. Other good current period piece TV shows include The Crown, Another Period, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Which period piece is your favorite? Give the best series a thumbs up and please add any good shows we may have missed.
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Poldark (BBC One, 2015) is a British-American drama television series created by Debbie Horsfield, based on the novels by Winston Graham. Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) returns home after American Revolutionary War and rebuilds his life with a new business venture, making new enemies and finding a new love where he least expects it. ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson,
Number of Seasons: 4
Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by The Duffer Brothers. When a young boy (Noah Schnapp) disappears, his mother (Winona Ryder), a police chief (David Harbour), and his friends, must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back. ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, + more
The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The series begins with the 1947 wedding of young Elizabeth (Claire Foy) to Prince Philip (Matt Smith) and the ailing health of King George VI (Jared Harris). ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, Eileen Atkins, Jeremy Northam, + more
GLOW (Netflix, 2017) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch. Set in 1980s Los Angeles, Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), a struggling actress, receives an invitation for an audition along with 12 other women in a fledgling professional wrestling promotion called the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW). ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron, Britney Young, Sydelle Noel, + more
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