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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Beautiful but stuffy period drama is no Downton Abbey.

TV PBS Drama 2017
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 12+


The show is not suitable for any one because characters are not suited for the roles. This is a major backlash.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much consumerism
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age 16+


I believe that storyline is not engaging for the audience meaning boring to watch. Does not follow the old traditional and characters some don’t suit their roles.

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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9):
Kids say (7):

Clearly engineered to fill the English-period-drama vacuum left by the end of Downton Abbey, this peek into a high-class life just isn't as much fun. Coleman makes an appealing heroine, and there's electricity between her and Hughes' Albert, with his floppy hair, hipster moustache, and burning eyes. But anyone who's ever heard of the Victoria and Albert Museum knows who the Queen will end up with. Domestic squabbles and foreign flaps blow up, but then blow over, as the servants downstairs gossip about the nobles and argue with each other. It lacks Abbey's juicy, grabby, soap-opera quality, and all of it comes off a bit stuffy.

Nonetheless, there are charms in Victoria for fans of vintage drama: elegant clothing, beautiful rooms with satin drapes and silver, tall hats, garden rambles, elegant dances. Oh, and palace protocol: One episode vividly depicts how the queen's comfort was prized over that of even her noble relatives, as a crowd of waiters sweeps every dinner plate off the table once she pushes her plate away. "I wasn't finished," says an aggrieved Albert. Who cares? The queen was through! And that's the way we do things around here! Viewers who find drama in such rarefied and archaic detail will find plenty to enjoy; others may wish for a little more spice.

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