Originally published with Paste Magazine on June 24, 2015.
At the outset, Another Period seems to be a spoof of Downton Abbey, because of its upstairs/downstairs motif. Yet, underneath all the pomp and circumstance of a period drama lies a biting satire about reality TV, one which points its damning quill at everything from Real Housewives of whatever county to Keeping Up with the Kardashians. In fact, it’s the latter series that seems to provide the strongest undercurrent for Another Period’s storyline. With three sisters (one hated for not being as beautiful as the other two), a brother, and a controlling mother, it’s easy to draw parallels between Another Period and Keeping Up with the Kardashians. The show clearly has fun making fun of contemporary wealth and all its trappings. That kind of wealth, as well as the attitudes, expectations and reality shows it often breeds, becomes the fodder for the first episode. [Full article available at Paste]