Again, there is a basic assumption that readers of DCIB share an interest in relationship dramas, romance, and clothing. With that in mind, I feel we can probably recommend non-Indian (and Indian if you have one you love) historical drama TV shows.
Assuming no other disaster comes up to prevent it, I am having toe surgery in a week and then being even MORE locked inside as I slowly wait for my toe to come back to life and be able to walk again. This is clearly the time to use my TV set as a time machine and escape to another world. I’ll recommend shows to you, but you have to give me something to watch in return!
Endeavour: I’m halfway through the series now, it’s the best show I’ve seen for the late 60s/early 70s era. It doesn’t get bogged down with drugs and hippies and things, or even with the “generation gap”. It just has things in the background like woman in the workplace, shifting class boundaries, medical leaps forward, and even a huge room sized computer. It’s also got some solid episodic mysteries, along with mild personal drama among the detectives to tie it together. Really, you should check it out! If you are looking to escape to a different time, without all the drama of a historical soap opera. And all your 70s miniskirt cravings will be filled.
Victoria: Now, if you DO want the drama of a historical soap opera, this is the show to watch. It’s like The Crown, but lower budget and a story you probably know less about. Victoria and Albert, Victoria and her weird childhood and mother issues, all the old men who felt like they had a right to advise her, and of course These Changing Times, only the new technology is the steam engine instead of the computer. Oh, and all your hoopskirt cravings will be filled.
From the Earth to the Moon: I used to feel bad about recommending this one because it was so impossible to get. But now there is HBOMax, so it’s not as hard! If you have HBOMax, this is a great soothing historical series, from back in the late 90s so a little time capsule of actors from that era too (Tom Hanks produced!). It’s about the space race in a very calm step by step way that shows serious hardworking honest men wearing thin ties and black rimmed glasses. It makes the world feel sane and safe and anything is possible. Also, if you happen to have a fetish for Tom Hanks/50s dressed men in crewcuts/competence, this is the show to watch.
Okay, now it’s your turn! What are your favorite historical shows? Anything from Happy Days to Downton Abbey is acceptable!