11 time traveling television shows
Don't have access to your own time machine or TARDIS? No Drama, I've got 9 time traveling television dramas for you(and two comedies, so really it's not no drama, it's actually lots of drama, but not the bad kind of drama, oh you know what I mean. And yes I have watched almost all of the shows on this list, so you might even call me a bit of a drama queen.
Penny Dreadful-British/American- supernatural horror
This series set in Victorian London. When wealthy explorer Sir Malcolm Murray's daughter Mia is lost under the spell of a vampire. His ward, medium and witch, Vanessa Ives, employs the assistance of american gunslinger Ethan Chandler and Dr Victor Frankenstein in order to recover her lost childhood friend. But after a steamy liaison with Dorian Gray, it's Vanessa who needs rescuing. Is this a group united in their efforts to combat the monsters preying on the city of London, or are they in fact the monsters? Penny Dreadful has two seasons so far with a third coming in 2016.
Downton Abbey - English period drama
This series is one of the most widely watched television drama shows in the world. Set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey. The series depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era. Downton Abbey has six seasons.
Underbelly: Razor- Australian crime drama
This drama is set in Sydney during the 20's and 30s. It depicts the story of the bloody battle between the era's most feared "vice queens", Tilly Devine and her rival Kate Leigh, plus the "razor gangs" which controlled the Sydney underworld during that time. Underbelly: Razor is the forth and final season of the underbelly series, it has 13 episodes.
Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries - Australian mystery crime drama
Set in Melbourne during the 1920's, the series is based on author Kerry Greenwood's novels. (which are also very good). Miss Phryne Fisher is a wealthy, glamorous, sassy, women's rights advocate who works as a private detective and solves mysteries using resources unavailable to the all male Victorian police force. I am a big fan actress Essie Davis and every outfit that she wears in this series is to die for. I confess that Miss Fisher inspired me to dye my hair dark and have it cut into a bob. Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries currently has three seasons.
The Sullivans, mini-series - Australian family drama
The Sullivans are an average middle-class Melbourne family who are affected by the Second World War. The Sullivans is the only series in this list that I haven't actually watched so I can't give it a rating but I thought it was worth adding to the list just the same. The Sullivans has sixteen episodes.
Mad Men - American drama
Set at the beginning of the 1960s, the series is about one of New York's most prestigious ad agencies. The main character is the firm's ruthless, manipulative, self-serving, womanizing ad executive, Donald Draper. I very much enjoyed the first few seasons, but Drapers is such a cad that he started to really annoy me. I kept watching long after the story-line lost it's appeal, just because I loved the clothing and the sets so much. Mad Men has seven seasons. Personally I think it would have been better if it had been condensed.
Love Child - Australian drama
Set in Sydney in 1969. A group of young women from different walks of life form a special bond when they are brought together at Stanton House, a home for pregnant unwed mothers. The women work together in the Kings cross hospital laundry, while awaiting the birth of their babies, which they are expected to give up for adoption. Their lives become intertwined with the staff at at Kings Cross Hospital and Stanton House. Love Child has two seasons.
Puberty Blues- Australian coming of age drama
Set in Sydney in the late 1970s, the producers of this show have captured 70's Australian suburban life brilliantly.
If you only have time watch one series from this list than make it Puberty Blues. Yes it is a coming of age story but it is also a whole lot more. With the story line extending to lives of the teens parents, it tackles many adult themes, including infidelity within marriage and parenting issues. It is unfortunate that the marketing of this series gives it the appearance of being for young teens, which it is not. I wouldn't let anyone under fifteen watch it, and only then if they were a very mature fifteen/sixteen year old . The characters in this series are affected by some massive issues such as teen sex, child abuse, rape, drug use, death, sexism, racism and alcoholism in a way that is sensitive, honest and real. This series is worth watching just for the clothes, sets and fantastic 70's sound track alone. Puberty Blues has two seasons.
P.S I have put together a very comprehensive Puberty Blues sound track on You-tube.
Life on Mars- English surreal crime drama
After being hit by a car in 2006, Sam Tyler awakens in 1973 to find himself working for the predecessor of the GMP, the Manchester and Salford Police, at the same station and location as in 2006. An enjoyable show that leaves you guessing right till the end. Life on Mars has two seasons.
The Carrie Diaries- American coming of age drama
Set in the eighties, The Carrie Diaries tells the story of a teenage Carrie Bradshaw, yes the one from sex and city, and her close friends. Personally I found the parts of the series which focused more on Carries friends kind of boring. But it was Carries bottomless, amazingly over the top eighties wardrobe, which kept me watching, right till the end. Oh and the 80's sound track was pretty good too. Sometimes you just want to veg out and watch something light and puffy, that you don't have to think about and this is a good series to do this with. The Carrie Diaries was canned after just two seasons which left a bit of an annoying cliffhanger. I suppose one would have to read the books to find out what happens between Carrie and love interest Sebastian, but clearly they don't end up together since he's not in sex and the city. I also wonder how Miranda and Charlotte come into Carries life since she hasn't met them in this series.
Okay so Seinfeld and Friends were not set in the past like the other shows, they were set in the late eighties and early nineties because that's when they were made, but hey the nineties was a long time ago now so I'm including them in my list.
Seinfeld- American sit com
The show about nothing went from 1989 until 1998. If you were too young to have watched Seinfeld when it was on TV then you should watch it. If you watched Seinfeld when it was first on TV then you should watch it again. Because it's just a classically funny show. There are nine seasons of Seinfeld to enjoy.
Friends - American sit com
Friends went from 1994–2004, it follows the lives of six 20-something friends living in Manhattan. I was talking to my hairdresser last week and the topic of friends came up. She told me that if she has had a bad day or has watched a scary movie then she likes to watch an episode of Friends before going to bed, Friends, she said is her happy place. And that sums up why you should watch friends, because it's a happy place. There are ten seasons of friends.