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Subject: Historical TV Shows
Date Posted: 9/12/2014 7:02 AM ET
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I really like Historical TV Shows. Loving Outlander.

The CW has a new Series about Mary Queen of Scots coming out Reign

Has anyone seen Turn I might get DVD;s when it comes out. It is set in American Revolution, Washington's spies

Another one Iike is Penny Dreadful. Kind of steampunkish set in 1880 London

Any other Historical show folks are watching and can recommend.

Of course I love Game of Thrones too.



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Date Posted: 9/12/2014 10:51 AM ET
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Well, obviously I love Outlander on Starz.   I even cancelled HBO in order to get Starz! (which is going to be a problem when Game of Thrones come back LOL).

I've watched probably the first 6-7 episodes of Turn on AMC.   On the plus side, I think it is being treated very authentically and true to the period.  On the negative side, it's complicated - as spy stories frequently are.   I found it a little hard to follow.

I wanted to like Reign, but couldn't stomach any more than two episodes.

There's a new series on Cinemax called The Knick which looks very interesting, but I haven't seen it yet.

And I loooove Sleepy Hollow on Fox.

 

Date Posted: 9/12/2014 5:57 PM ET
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Starz also has The White Queen and Black Sails.  I haven't watched either yet, but I've been thinking I should because now I've got Starz for Outlander, and might as well make use of it. 

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Date Posted: 9/12/2014 8:27 PM ET
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I watched some of the White Queen it kind of tough to sit through nice costumes though. I watched one episode of Black Sails wasn't my type of show.

Alice

Date Posted: 9/13/2014 12:35 PM ET
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Both the White Queen and Black Sails are available-for a fee-with Amazon Prime.  Haven't ponied up for them yet.

 Absolutely loved Turn-very well done I thought.  Really glad it's coming back for season 2.

 Just finished all 10 episodes of BBC's The Mustketeers.  I'd put this one on the "fun" side of period pieces rather than the more "historically accurate" side.  Costumes and sets were really breathtaking.  

Heard fabulous things about Clive Owen's latest on Cinemax-the Knife-I think.  Turn of the century hospital drama.  Can't bring myself to pay for Cinemax just for this show-but I'll be looking for it on Prime.  Already contracted for a second season before the first one had made it's debut, so obviously the network believes in it.  

Then there's Jonathon Rhys Meyers Dracula-debuted last fall-don't think it's coming back-and it is available on either Netflix or Amazon.  Vampires are so not my thing-but JRM definitely is(grin).  Fun seeing him bring his intensity to the small screen.  

Jan

Date Posted: 9/15/2014 12:27 PM ET
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Love Love LOVE Outlander.  Been a fan of the books since they first came out.

Reign was painful.  As much as I like the history I could not stand the petty soap opera they turned it into.  And the costumes were horrific - more like 80's prom dresses than 16th century clothing.  I finally had to give up an that one.

The White Queen was OK, nothing fabulous.  I liked The Tudors a lot even though Jonathon Rhys Meyers was nothing whatsoever like Henry VIII.  I like the Musketeers, haven't finished the series on my DVR yet.

Another good history-based show is Sleepy Hollow.  Yes it's time travel and supernatural as well but it's also centered a lot around the American Revolution.  I particular enjoyed the main character, Ichabod Crane's arguing with the museum docent over the correct details of Paul Revere's ride, and his first experiences with On Star and the Internet.

Date Posted: 9/15/2014 12:38 PM ET
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I like Turn - the story is very interesting, but I find the acting a bit stilted at times.

I haven't seen Outlander (I'm sure I would enjoy it as I love the books) or any of the shows from Starz.

Totally addicted to Sleepy Hollow - it's just plain fun.

One show that hasn't been mentioned is Hell on Wheels on AMC, which is set after the Civil War and is about the building of the railroad.  To me, it's an underrated show and is very good.

Boardwalk Empire is excellent, as well.

Date Posted: 9/15/2014 3:15 PM ET
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+1 for Black Sails--took a few episodes to get into the story, but it is great and I can't wait for its return

I've been DVR-ing Outlander but haven't watched any yet---I know I will want to binge watch them all in the same weekend :)

Date Posted: 9/15/2014 11:56 PM ET
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For current shows, Outlander and GOT are my favorites, but I also love Hell on Wheels.  I've watched it since the very first episode and agree with Carolyn that it's very much underrated.  Definitely start from the beginning, though.  It takes time to build these characters and relationships, so that the doozies they are pulling this season have the impact. Dang it, I've found find myself falling for Cullen Bohanan -- now, after several years of "knowing" him.  I watch HoW and Outlander back to back on Sat evenings.

I watched Turn the first time it aired last spring, and liked it a lot, but not so much as to watch it again this time.  (As I would any of the first three shows I mentioned).  I agree that the acting seems a little stiff.  I've assumed it was intentional--that this is how the creators see people of that time and place.

My husband likes and watches Boardwalk Empire, but I lost interest after the first season. I still see an episode occasionally when he wants to watch it, but I don't follow it.  It isn't enough driven by actual history to hold me.  And I don't like even ONE of the characters.  Between the two, that's a no-go for me. Black Sails and Sleepy Hollow were both dropped after the first episode.  I might give them another shot with Netflix or On Demand.

I watched a few episodes of Penny Dreadful, and liked the concept of drawing on the 18thC literary classic characters.  And I liked the actors and acting.  But I'm not a fan of horror.  At all.  Once it tilted solidly horror, it lost me.

For prior shows, now over or cancelled?

Absolutely loved Rome.  Howled/screeched "no" every time I recognized an episode ending.  Really liked Tudors.  Had to watch White Queen but was very luke-warm about it.  I liked Dracula, but I felt like it had nowhere to go and wasn't surprised when it was cancelled.  Clive Owen's, The Knick--watched two episodes, I think, but dropped it.  He was the only thing good about it, and I was disliking the characters more all the time. And medical stuff just doesn't hold much appeal for me.  Current or historical.

Deadwood.  We binge-watched it a couple months ago after hearing raves about it from various people.  Up to crazy hours watching "just one more".  But warning, the sheer volume of more "hard-core" profanity became tiresome, and some of the nudity seemed utterly gratuitous. And I'm not much bothered by that, generally, but it was over the top on this one.  But the show was just so dang good that I liked it a LOT in spite of it.

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Date Posted: 9/16/2014 7:46 AM ET
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I loved Rome too one of my all time favorites

Date Posted: 9/16/2014 10:08 AM ET
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How could I forget Rome?!?!?  

Date Posted: 9/17/2014 11:24 AM ET
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Since I don't get any of the "pay" cable channels, I haven't seen any of the HBO, Starz, etc. shows yet. I know I can get a lot of them on DVD, but I already have so much on my DVR to watch, plus regular TV when I can get to it, and reading to do, knitting to do...etc...I don't know when I'm going to find the time to watch more DVD's!!!

There are a few historical shows I love, though. My DVR was set to Turn when that was on, and I loved it. Revolutionary War history is one of my big faves, so I adored that one.

One nobody has mentioned yet is a DVR setting for me now...WGN's Manhattan, about the Los Alamos community in New Mexico while they were developing the atom bomb. This show is awesome!!! I'm totally addicted.

Looking forward to Sleepy Hollow again next week - agreed that it is more a "fun" show than historically correct, but it is fascinating. Another DVR setting, for sure!

I've heard good things from others as well about Hell on Wheels, but I missed the beginning of the series, and everyone has said the same thing...you MUST watch it in order. So, eventually, when I have time for DVD's....LOL!!!

I loved Bomb Girls too. I watched it on the Reelz TV Channel when it was on. Another WWII history show - made in Canada. You can Google it and watch episodes online.

Date Posted: 9/17/2014 2:26 PM ET
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Laurie, I'm glad you mentioned Manhattan.  I hadn't heard of that one but I'm very interested in checking it out.

 

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Date Posted: 9/23/2014 6:17 PM ET
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Turn is an excellent show as is Vikings on History channel. I didn't like Black Sails much either. It doesn't help that they killed off all the likable characters. Though not really "historical", I love Da Vinci's Demons on Starz. If you ordered Starz for Outlander, it's worth a peek. Spartacus, The White Queen, and Camelot were not very good - all were on Starz.

Date Posted: 9/24/2014 11:00 AM ET
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Hi all!  Just watched The Reader but it was hard to remember all the details since it's been at least three years since I've read it with many books in between.  My husband is watching Deadwood but I can't get into it.  He likes it.  Too many westerns when I was young as that is all my parents watched!  

Date Posted: 9/25/2014 1:59 PM ET
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Well, you know I love Outlander and can't get enough or it.  But Vikings is awsome too!  Some scenes are really brutal and not what you usually see on the History channel.  My son and husband were really into the last season...I couldn't watch some of it.

I really like Turn and can't wait for season 2.  It started off kind of slow, but the last episode was excellent.

Date Posted: 9/29/2014 12:48 PM ET
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What a great topic!! Like others, I adore Hell on Wheels and I completely endorse watching it in order.

I don't pay for any of the premium channels. so I'm missing out on several different series, including Outlander, which my daughter loves & raves about!

Thumbs up for Vikings ... I really enjoy it ... and I LOVED Deadwood. I was also very disappointed that Rome didn't last longer than it did!

I have recorded season two of Turn, but need to get my hands on season one first. I was hoping they would rerun some of the earlier episodes, but it doesn't appear to have happened.

Is anyone watching The Americans? w/ Keri Russell? I really enjoyed it, but it conflicted with something else & I didn't get the last season recorded. 

So, I'm off to see what I can do about Manhattan! I hope I'm not too late ... like book series, I'm pretty insistent on starting at the beginning & watching/reading them in order!

Kelly

 

Date Posted: 9/29/2014 12:48 PM ET
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Duplicate post ... sorry!

 



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Date Posted: 9/29/2014 1:05 PM ET
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I forgot to include Vikings.  I do like that show.  I occasionally snort or raise my eyebrows at something, but it frequently sends me researching to figure out what was based on recorded history and what they're fudging.  That's always a good thing.

 

FYI, Kelly: you haven't missed anything of Turn.  Season 2 doesn't start until 2015.  Right now they are re-airing the first season.

Date Posted: 9/29/2014 1:36 PM ET
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Sharla !!! Thanks for the update! Great news. So, that's what I've been recording. Who knew?!? I have 8 episodes recorded so far, guess I need to look at an episode list and get this figured out. 

And, my cable company doesn't carry WGN, so Manhattan is out for me until it hits Netflix or AMZ.

Kelly


ETA: re: Turn: I recorded episodes 9 & 10 last June as Season One wrapped up. AND, I have eps 3 - 8 from the re-airing. So, it appears I need to pay for eps 1 & 2 via AMZ Prime. Makes me happy. Now just need to force the time!



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Date Posted: 9/29/2014 4:23 PM ET
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Ok -- I now have season passes for Turn and Manhattan but, like Kelly, I have to watch series in order so hoping that reruns are upcoming at some point. 

Kelly -- Am just now starting to watch Deadwood, largely because it stars Timothy Olyphant, with whom I am completely, unabashedly, and embarrassingly smitten. He stars in Justified, one of my all-time favorite series, recommended only for those who don't mind violence and a high body count. And, yes, I am eagerly awaiting the return of The Americans which, for those who don't know, revolves around a married couple during the Cold War who are Soviet spies. 

Anybody watching Masters of Sex based on Masters and Johnson? Apparently, it is relatively factual though the timeline is compressed and the characterization of Masters is a bit off -- supposedly, he was a bit more charming and humorous than the tv portrayal. Anyway, if you don't mind a lot of sex, it's pretty good.

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Date Posted: 10/1/2014 11:18 AM ET
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Love, love, love The Americans! I've watched both seasons so far, and think it's amazing. Keri Russell is awesome! Some of the stuff these people do without blinking an eye...sheesh!

Vikings was one of those shows I really wanted to like, but I just couldn't get into it. I watched the first three episodes or so, then realized that it just wasn't for me.

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Date Posted: 10/5/2014 7:47 AM ET
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I tried watching Reign last night. It was really bad. I like the costumes but other than that it was lacking.

Alice