Underground

Last watched March 2017 Description: Set on a plantation in Macon, Georgia, Underground is the story of “the Macon 7” – 7 slaves who escaped and made their way to the North with the help of the Underground Railroad. Opinion: I watched 3 episodes of the Roots miniseries before I had to have a wee break. It…

Juana Inés

Last watched February 2017 Description: Based on the true story of nun and academic, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, this Mexican is a semi-historical biography following her life after she is introduced to the court in New Spain as a teen. Being a bright young woman at the time when inquisitors of the Church were so powerful,…

The Long, Long Holiday

Last watched September 2016 Summary: Collette and Ernest are visiting their grandparents on their farm outside Granville near Normandy when World War 2 breaks out. Their mother goes to Switzerland and their father joins the French army, then the French resistance, leaving them with their grandparents. The series spans the years it takes for the war (and…

the Get Down

Last watched: August 2016 Summary: It’s summer, 1970s, and the Bronx are burning, literally and metaphorically. People are paying any number of the gangs in the area to burn down their buildings for insurance money. Drugs are prevalent, work is scarce, graffiti is everywhere and Disco is on the radio. On-again-off couple Mylene and Zeke both…

Manhattan

Last watched: July 2016 Summary: World War II is on and there is a race to create the bomb: a race between the Allies and the Axis and a race between two teams. Frank Winter’s team is focusing on implosion but they, and their project, are not the golden boys — that would be the…

Carnivale

Last viewed 2006 Summary: Carnivale takes place in the Depression-area dust bowl. Ben Hawkins is a son shunned by his mother for his ability to bring things back from the dead. Brother Justin is a preacher who can make extra-ordinary things happen. Ben finds his way into a troupe of circus performers while Brother Justin…

the Last Kingdom

Last watched Jan 2016 Summary: It’s 9C AD and England is separated into 7 kingdoms, much of which is ruled by the Danes. Uhtred is left an orphan by them but instead of being murdered or left to die, he is taken in and raised as one. Uhtred’s loyalties are constantly tested as he traverses both…

Boardwalk Empire

Last watched 2015 Summary: Prohibition era Atlantic City. Enoch “Nucky” Thompson sits in power as the one controlling things. He’s the kingpin of corruption, greasing palms everywhere; the police, the politicians, the bootleggers and the public. Nothing gets done without his say so. But there are folk who want to bring him down. Some are…