Chances are, if you’re into vintage sewing, you’re not above watching a show just for the clothes. We love a period drama around these parts and here’s what we’ve been binge-watching on Netflix (ok, and PBS and YouTube and a few Australian networks that I have no understanding of) while cutting out our patterns…
Disclaimer: Netflix/PBS/YouTube offerings vary over time and country; if something is not available to you right now, bookmark the post so you can try again later.
(P.S. No mention of Downton Abbey because, dude, you already know about Downton…) EDIT: Ok, ok, I’ll put in Downton 😉
Pride and Prejudice
There have been tons of versions of Pride and Prejudice through the years, but this version produced by the BBC in 1995 represents the high water mark for a lot of people. Relentlessly entertaining.
Death Comes to Pemberley
Set after the events in Pride and Prejudice, Mr Wickham continues to be a scoundrel.
Small-town English girl with big ideas moves to the city and takes a job at The Paradise department store.
North & South
When her father moves his family to an industrial mill town, the parson’s daughter, Margaret Hale, struggles to adapt to her harsh new surroundings.
Following the flamboyant American founder of the London department store.
Spanish language drama about a young man who comes to the Gran Hotel to investigate the disappearance of his sister.
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
Lady detective Phryne Fisher sashays through 1920s Melbourne, Australia.
The House of Eliott
This show from the 1990s is set in a 1920s fashion house and is now all available on YouTube.
What can I say about Downton that you don’t already know? I originally left it out of the list but there was uproar 😉
During the Great Depression, an Oklahoma farm boy and a charismatic minister learn that they are key players in a proxy war being fought between Heaven and Hell.
The Time in Between
El Tiempo Entre Costuras is the original Spanish title. This one is in Spanish with English subtitles. Young Spanish dressmaker Sira becomes a spy for the Allies.
Set in India during the decline of the British colonial rule.
The lives of the family and servants in an English household.
Following quirky Belgian detective Poirot. This series started airing back in the 1980s and ran until fairly recently, so tons of episodes.
A young woman finds out that her mother worked as a spy for the British Secret Service during World War II and has been on the run ever since.
Follows four English girls who join the Women’s Land Army during WWII.
Ensemble drama following women working at a munitions factory.
Part of the Marvel universe (…Captain America…Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D…)
Crime drama following police inspector Christopher Foyle during WWII.
A world of secrets and science in New Mexico during the race to built the atomic bomb.
Netflix original series about the early reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
This Spanish language show is set in a 1950s fashion store.
Call the Midwife
Following a newly qualified midwife and her colleagues at a nursing convent in 1950s & 60s London.
The Bletchley Circle
Four women who worked at Bletchley Park (the infamous code-breaking center) reunite in the early 50s to track down a serial killer.
Following British journalists in Cold War-era England.
Masters of Sex
Drama about the pioneers of the science of human sexuality whose research touched off the sexual revolution.
A Place to Call Home
Following the lives and loves of the residents of Ash Park, a grand Australian homestead.
English doctors and nurses in a 1960s gynecology ward. Find this one on PBS.
Astronauts Wives Club
Based on the book of the same name by Lily Koppel and telling the story of the wives behind the space race.
Following the pilots and stewardesses of Pan Am.
Set in 1960s Sydney, Australia. Probably not on US Netflix but go hunting the web and you might find it.
Like Downton, you already know about Mad Men. But any excuse for some gratuitous Don Draper action…
So..did we miss any? What are you watching?