It's a crazy time to be alive. Everyone's addicted to social media, and artificial intelligence will probably enslave mankind in a matter of decades because we were all too stupid to heed Elon Musk's dire warnings. Sometimes it's nice to be able to escape to a different time; When visiting your neighbor involved a two-hour horse ride, people married their cousins, and all you had to do to attract a husband was wear the right kind of ribbon in your hair.
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If you've got a hankering for pre-20th Century costumes, swooning damsels and dapper gentlemen, then you're in luck. Check out these seven period dramas that will help curb your appetite for the past:
In terms of historical accuracy, Poldark really hits the mark. The late 18th century was a difficult era to survive, and Poldark certainly reflects that. Bad things happen all the damn time on this show, and it seems like the characters just can't catch a break. But strangely, that's half the appeal: Its authenticity.
If doom and gloom doesn't sound overly appealing to you, worry not: Poldark has plenty of other redeeming features. The story revolves around Ross Poldark, a soldier who returns from war to discover his sweetheart is engaged to his cousin. He finds himself struggling against fresh heartbreak, the news of his father's death and the burden of saving the family business. Did I mention that there's also an unconventional romance?
This one's a must-see for fans of Outlander, the Brontë sisters or the ever-handsome Aidan Turner.
6. Desperate Romantics
Once you're done devouring Poldark, it's time to sort out that newfound Aidan Turner obsession. Desperate Romantics is based on the true story of the pre-Raphaelite brotherhood, a group of painters who took the art world by storm. The show chronicles what it was like to be a struggling artist in an age that placed such a high premium on the trade, and has been reffered to as "Entourage with easels".
It's moving, funny and downright entertaining, and you might just learn a bit about art history along the way.
5. Penny Dreadful
After something with a little more scare factor? Penny Dreadful's got you covered. Eva Green is both incredible and creepy in this Victorian gothic series, which brilliantly blends fantasy, horror and mythology all into one. With characters like Dorian Gray and Victor Frankenstein, this sexy drama is sure to thrill horror fiends and classic literature buffs alike.
This series explores the reign of the young Queen Victoria, a defiant woman who came into her title at the age of 18 and defined the very Victorian era itself. Being queen may be a cushy job, but it's not without its trials. The monarchy was rife with scandal during her reign, and Victoria is a fascinating insight into the many complexities of a political system of yesteryear.
3. The Paradise
Do you ever feel like all you want to do is swoon over pretty dresses? Then The Paradise is the show for you. This costume drama follows a young girl who gets a position in the ladies' wear department at a boutique-style department store, despite her humble country origins. It's an unabashed glimpse at the social divides of the late 18th century, the rise of retail and the struggles of gaining acceptance and approval in the world of fashion. Not to mention the costumes are absolutely to die for.
It's the 1700s and the fur trade is thriving, but it's controlled by a fierce monopoly— and Declan Harp isn't going to stand for it. The enigmatic Jason Momoa violently carves his way through Frontier, revealing the violent truth behind America's past. Given the show's gratuitous use of gore, it's a logical transition for the Game of Thrones star.
Naked Tom Hardy in a loincloth. I repeat, naked Tom Hardy IN A LOINCLOTH. In all seriousness, Hardy absolutely kills it as James Delaney, a man who's presumed dead but returns to London after 12 years in Africa. He finds himself the recipient of a large inheritance, and sets out to to shine a light on the East India Company's alleged tendency towards "conquest and plunder".
This tense drama also features Jonathon Pryce and Oona Chaplin, who you'll no doubt recognize from Game of Thrones. You won't want to miss Ridley Scott's brutal depiction of a dark time in Britain's history— check out the trailer below:
Have you seen any of the shows listed? What did you think?