Set at the turn of the century, “Another Period” follows the misadventures of the Bellacourts, Newport, RI’s first family, who have absolutely nothing to offer to the world, but who have so much money it doesn’t matter. The series focuses on sisters “Lillian” (Natasha Leggero) and “Beatrice” (Riki Lindhome), who care only about how they look, what parties they attend and becoming famous, which is a lot harder in 1902.
This very silly show imagines Downton Abbey with the classy upper classes replaced by blithering idiots. The show is funniest in the way these rich people treat their servants, which is as considerably less than human, as when a servant is whimsically renamed "Chair" by one of her employers. The wealthy are idle and clueless, and the show loves to push the bounds of decency, with characters being horribly racist and crude humor that often cheerfully crosses over the line, as in an episode that mocks rape.
It gets away with this because it knows what it's doing. Underneath the silly, broad comedy, is a fairly sharp satire of class privilege. That combination of cheap jokes and smart comedy is, for me, irresistible.
Another Period is an absurdist comedy about a rich family of buffoons. Such extreme comedy is hit or miss, but this freshman show has really created something that makes people laugh. If it makes you laugh, it's a good comedy and this show definitely makes you laugh.
This has some talented actors, but what they're doing in this show I have no idea. It's not funny, the dialogue is tedious and it seems to rely on violent confrontation for it's gags. I won't be watching more. There was one part that was mildly amusing in the first episode. *SPOILER* Where the new maid, Celine, is introduced to the ladies of the house and she is promptly told her name is not suitable for a servant and they shall call her "Chair". The only reason I found this part even vaguely amusing is due to my grandmother being in service at the start of the 20th Century. Her name was Priscilla, it was deemed an unsuitable name for a servant, so she was henceforth called Mary by the family.
I tuned in not knowing what to expect and it was a good dose of sarcastic humour. I like it and it is definitely worth devoting time to, but I wish I could find a comedy that gave me a laugh like the Dave Chappell Show. Neither this, Key & Peele or Amy Schummer (the best of the bunch I noted here) fill the gaping hole that Dave left. I digress, this is still good and gives at least a couple laughs per episode.
This could turn into one of my favorites, but not everyone loves political comedy as much as I do. The antithesis to Downton Abbey, this new world version of high society filled with despicable people who think only of their pleasures with no compunction to ignoring the servants (who are considered NOT THERE as would a slave) as they go about intimate engagements. FARCE to the max, but charming.
When I started watching it I enjoyed it but was sceptical and expecting it to be cancelled soon since crazy shows like that are something I love but seem to be a bit unpopular for the masses. I'm glad this show got its chance since I think its topics have become a lot deeper than when they started out. I love the absurdity of it and like watching it even though it has a pretty vulgar humor to it at times.
I stopped watching after 2 episodes and it just doesn't happen to me, ever. It was just so bad... I really don't understand why though. Cast is okay, idea is good, generally it has a potential, but something went wrong there. It's like they've tried to make american sitcom with english humor but failed. Gag that could be funny just isn't and I truly can't figure out where the problem is. But there is one for sure.