I don’t watch a ton of TV. Never have. Sure, there were Saturdays that when there was absolutely nothing else to do, I’d sit and watch The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Godzilla, King Kong and all the other B and C grade movies that were on those years. In high school and college, I watched a lot of college basketball. Some of that was because that we had brackets in speech class, and I wanted to win. Later, it was just to ward off boredom.
When I do watch TV, there are a few series on the network stations1, but mostly I watch PBS. That used to be because I hate commercials. And that there was Monty Python and Fawlty Towers. Now, it’s because the only reality TV PBS carries is either from or brought to you by National Geographic. What I really enjoy, though, is Masterpiece.
In recent years, they’ve brought us Sherlock, Downton Abbey, Poldark, Inspector Morse and Inspector Lewis and now… Victoria. I love them all. When there’s nothing else on network TV, I’ll check PBS to see what’s on. Sometimes I’ll catch Call the Midwife, Nature, or maybe Nova. What I make time for, though, is Victoria.
I’m not going to do a full review and give you all the episode overviews. Other people get paid to do that, and not only do I not enjoy writing book/movie reviews, I’m not all that great at it. If you are interested in such things, see the Wikipedia page for more info.
If you’re not a Dr. Who fan and don’t know who Jenna Cole is, it’s time you did. She plays Queen Victoria on the series. This is the Queen Victoria who assumed her reign at age 18 in 1837. She was the longest serving monarch with 64 years until she was just passed by Elizabeth II. Daisy Goodwin wrote both a novel about Victoria and the screenplay for the series.
I find the series delightful, insightful and educational. There was an episode dealing with the potato famine in Ireland that put some things in my family history in better perspective. Or at least gave me a few things to think about.
Victoria holds an 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so don’t take it just from me.
1 The network series I generally watch are: NCIS, Blue Bloods (cuz Tom Selleck is still eye candy), Grey’s Anatomy (mostly for the sunny views of Seattle), Big Bang Theory and, for the time being, This is Us. I’ve been known to watch the occasional episode of Chicago Med or Chicago Fire. After this season is done, I probably won’t be watching any more of This is Us.