It is the holidays and your off work and the very idea of shopping brings up that extra piece of pecan pie you had at lunch, so what do you do with your no not so free time? Binge eating deserves binge tv watching. For those who are addicted to those lush period dramas and who isn’t I made a list of my 36 favorites guilty pleasures from the past 30 years.
I have employed the following rules: first, in general nothing set after 1950 counts as a period drama. I think there has to be somewhat more than marginal distance from the past to achieve the title of “period piece.” Further, I cut out Westerns and war movies, even if they do try to engage us with the past; they just have different generic conventions.