A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
This hilarious show satirizes privilege, family relationships, and the upper class by taking hard jabs at an obscenely wealthy -- and intensely narcissistic -- family in the early 1900s. The servants mostly accept their lot, with the exception of one who speaks her mind from time to time. Similarly, only one Bellacourt bucks the trend of silly, superficial females, and she's ridiculed for it. Expect jokes at the expense of personal handicaps (Helen Keller's incapacities, for instance), women's rights, and the deaths of social rivals.
Positive Role Models
All the Bellacourts are absurdly self-absorbed and ruled by classism, which frees them to treat the help like slaves. They're rude and demanding, having the help perform demeaning tasks and berating them constantly. Only Hortense shows some spine, taking on causes such as women's suffrage.
Violence & Scariness
Some shotgun incidents and stabbings, but nothing is said to be fatal. In at least one case, the subject of rape is raised in humorous terms. Squabbling and fighting, with hitting, punching, and kicking.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Simulated sex is brief and conducted with both partners mostly clothed. Sexual topics are frequent conversation points; Beatrice and Lillian talk about performing their duty by sleeping with their husbands, even though doing so is like "being penetrated by a runny egg," according to one. Extramarital affairs, incest, and homosexual relationships are part of the fabric that holds this household together. Body references include "penis" and "piss flaps," in reference to female genitalia.
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"Bitch," "s--t," "damn," "g--damn," "hell." Insults such as "dumb" and "idiot."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There's a lot of drinking -- wine, champagne, and so on -- including an occasion of drunkenness with something called "cocaine wine." Dodo spends her alone time getting high on morphine injections. Other characters mention drug use as well.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Another Period is a satirical comedy set in the early 1900s that's steeped in topics such as incest, homosexuality, extramarital affairs, rape, prostitution, drug use, and drinking. The central figures are members of a wealthy Northeastern family who are desperate to become famous among their upper-class peers. To that end, they manipulate, sabotage, and revel in others' (and even each other's) misfortune, all for their own selfish gains. Bedroom scenes typically take place with clothes on, but there is some simulated sex, and it's implied that house servants also pleasure their employers during intimate moments such as bath time. Expect to hear many discussions about sex, as well as quite a bit of language ("bitch," "s--t," "g--damn," plus body references such as "penis" and "piss flaps"). Heated exchanges occasionally turn violent, with some injuries from guns.
Is It Any Good?
Another Period is as scintillating as it is irreverent in its blistering satire of both period dramas and reality shows. The show lives up to its likeness to a marriage of Downton Abbey and Keeping Up with the Kardashians, taking the uneven relationships between the elite and their servants to a new level of reliance and debauchery that would be disturbing if it wasn't so funny. The loathsome, self-indulgent Bellacourts -- and social-climbing dimwits Beatrice and Lillian in particular -- would be a distasteful bunch in real life (c'mon, they give their servants names such as "Chair" and "Mr. Peepers," for heaven's sake), but fortunately for viewers, they're fictional characters just begging to be laughed at.
This show's sharp writing and exceptional comedic cast rake in rapid-fire laughs with content that's heavy on shock value. Even with a setup, you're never quite prepared for the implications of Beatrice and Frederick's physical relationship, the characters' detailed oversharing about sex during confessionals, or their disparaging remarks about each other. No one is spared being the butt of a joke, from socially disengaged (and somewhat portly) Hortense to Helen Keller, and Beatrice and Lillian's vanity and intellectual shortcomings are oft-played themes. Another Period isn't the kind of show you'd want to share with your impressionable teens, but there's no denying it's a laugh-out-loud guilty pleasure adults will enjoy.
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