And we’re cool with that! Actually, this Comedy Central series mocks reality TV like Keeping Up With the Kardashians and The Real Housewives of (Insert City Here) as much as it mocks Downton Abbey, which it has the vague, outward trappings of, with the 1902 setting and upstairs/downstairs characters. Another Period (2015) thumbs its nose at everyone evenly, with zero sense of reverence for anything at all, whether historical accuracy or tasteful humor. Nope, this show is not suitable for mature audiences, please to be tuning in only if you’re fond of mishmash-y Edwardian costumes and lots of jokes involving sex, humiliation, and bodily functions.
Which, btw, the Frock Flicks Editorial Team are fans of (the tasteless humor more than the lame costumes)! Much like Drunk History, also on Comedy Central, this show makes us wish we’d thought of doing it first. In fact, when I watched the pilot episode with my husband and we got to the cocaine-wine-fueled bitch-fest featuring Helen Keller, my sweetie shook his head and said, “This show was definitely made for you, Sarah, and Kendra.”
Here’s an introduction to the central characters, to give you a flavor, ehem, of the show:
As star and co-creator of Another Period Riki Lindhome said of the characters, “They’re all id — they have sex with whatever they see. They eat and drink and do drugs.” I’ll add that the characters are mostly unfiltered too, in that they say whatever comes out of their mouths, which is, duh, very 21st century and not 1902. But this is further played for laughs.
Another Period, Sure, There Are Costumes
Nobody is watching this for the costumes or the history (if they are, those people would be stupider than the Bellacourts). That said, the writers did research the Gilded Age and do sprinkle random weird factoids throughout the shows as trivia or plot points.
One bit that costumers may enjoy is the sex scene between siblings Beatrice and Frederick, which takes forever to begin because the servants have to remove the clothes from first the sister and then the brother. While we might quibble about the gown’s fastenings and is she really wearing a corset under there, this incestuous scene does make a good joke of the fact that these upper-class people were dressed and undressed by servants so you might wonder if they needed help before a romantic assignation.
Overall, the costumes in Another Period are surprisingly not terrible for a parody. There is some decent Edwardian daywear on the ladies, and the men all look reasonably period. Some characters are more consistently historically accurate than others. Dodo, the Bellacourt family matriarch, gets some grand gowns suitable to her station. Of the two sisters that the plots tend to revolve around, dim-witted blonde Beatrice tends to wear more historical garb while scheming party girl Lillian wears more random attire. Their spinster sister Hortense (butt of many jokes) gets the short shrift, natch. Everyone’s hair and makeup are fairly modern with little historical touches on occasion.
So if your sensibilities swing this way, check out Another Period on Comedy Central, live or watch online. And party like it’s 1899, bitches!