Vintage inspired TV shows worth a binge

It’s that lovely time of year where you are free to relax, indulge and binge watch your favourite tv shows. If you’re anything like me, I love a tv show based in the 40’s and 50’s so I can enjoy the fashion and styling along with hopefully a great storyline, awesome characters and fun moments. I thought today I would compile a list of tv shows which are amazing for their stories, characters and of course, costuming. Feel free to binge, you have my permission!

The Marvellous Mrs Maisel
Of course this is at the top of my list! Besides the wonderful characters and fun story line, the costumes make me oh so happy with lots of joyous tingles. Follow Midge Maisel who after finding up her husband has been having an affair, turns to stand up comedy and takes the world by storm.
Can be streamed on Amazon Prime.

I have to be honest and say I haven’t watched Ratchet yet and I probably won’t watch it but it’s just because I’m not a fan of dark, horror or overly psychological films/shows. I do know, and this is a fact, that the costumes are absolutely stunning and well worth a watch if the show if your cup of tea. The show centres around Nurse Ratchet at a mental institution becomes jaded and bitter before turning into a full-fledged monster to her patients.
Can be streamed on Netflix.

I was so happy when this mini series come out during the lock down as I could binge and enjoy it so very much. Based in Post WWII in Hollywood, the series centres around young aspiring actors trying to navigate the dream machine of Hollywood but soon discovering the setbacks and limitations that can hold them back. The styling is once again, top notch, and is simply a joy to watch.
Can be streamed on Netflix.

Mad Men
Based in a 1960’s advertisement agency, the series centres around John Draper and figures from the advertisement firm navigating companies, politics, relationships and office life. Over the series, the styling is a joy to watch as characters grow and change with the times and many significant issues are brought to life on screen.
Can be streamed on Stan.

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
Set in Australia in the 1920’s, this murder mystery series centres around lady detective Miss Fisher who is both brilliant in her problem solving skills, has oodles of courage and charisma and never lets work get in the way of a good time. With her assistant Dot, they work together to solve murders and bring criminals to justice. The 1920’s styling in this series is absolutely amazing and worth a watch.

Queens Gambit
So I’m only one episode in but knew this series would make the list from the moment it came out. Set during the Cold War era, orphaned chess prodigy Beth Harmon struggles with addiction in a quest to become the greatest chess player in the world. I am already loving all the styling and I know that there will be loads of 60’s fashion coming up which I cannot wait for.
Can be streamed on Netflix.

I didn’t want to add any period tv shows or else this list would be miles long but I could not ignore the new Netflix show, Bridgerton. Set in 1813 England, this historical fantasy is a little bit more steamy than your normal Jane Austen story. The costumes, oh boy, the costumes are simply breathtaking even though they are far from historically accurate. Imagine wanting to dress as a modern day Jane Austen character with all the frills of todays fabric and embellishments; that’s what you will get.
Can be streamed on Netflix.

Downton Abbey
The series, set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey between 1912 and 1926, depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their domestic servants in the post-Edwardian era, with the great events of the time having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy. This six season series has some immaculate styling with some truely stunning moments that are not to be missed.
Can be streamed on Amazon Prime.

Agent Carter
If you’re a fan of comics and the Marvel universe, this is a great series for you. Based in 1946, life changes for Peggy Carter after her boyfriend Steve Rogers is feared dead. Peggy is relegated to secretarial duties in the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR). When Howard Stark is accused of treason, he secretly recruits Peggy to clear his name with the help of his butler, Edwin Jarvis. There’s nothing better than a strong woman, taking on a mans world and looking absolutely stunning whilst doing it.
Can be streamed on Disney Plus.

Cable Girls
If you don’t mind subtitles, you have to check out Cable Girls. It’s the 1920s and Spain has just gotten its first national telephone company, located in Madrid. For four young women who get jobs there, it’s more than just work. It represents progress that is being made at the time as women are gaining more equality with men. This drama series follows the ladies, known as “cable girls,” who feel attached in different ways, to their families, their partners and their memories.
Can be streamed on Netflix.

Call the Midwife
If you love yourself a good medical drama, this is the perfect binge watch for you. A group of nurse midwives working in the East End of London in the late 1950s deal with the pressures of their day-to-day lives while trying to cope with the changes in the world around them. With some great characters and interesting stories, this is worth the watch.
Can be streamed on Stan.

Peaky Blinders
If you are wanting a more male-centred series, check out Peaky Blinders. Based around the true urban street gang based in Birmingham, England, that operated from the end of the 19th century to the early 1900s. The group composed largely of young men of lower to middle-classes who derived social power from illegal acts of bookmaking, gambling, robbery and violence.
Can be streamed on Netflix.

Mr Selfridge
If you’re stuck inside and craving a bit of retail therapy, check out Mr Selfridge as a possible binge series. Mr Selfridge is a British period drama television series about Harry Gordon Selfridge and his department store, Selfridge & Co, in London, set from 1908 to 1928. It’s so much fun to see the store decorated in a beautiful way as well as a chance to oggle the stock on hand.
Can be streamed on Stan.

The Crown
Probably one of the most popular shows from this whole list, this drama chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to modern times. As the decades pass, personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries are revealed that played a big role in events that shaped the later years of the 20th century.
Can be streamed on Netflix.


Note: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions and thoughts expressed are solely my own and not influenced in any way. There are no affiliate links and I do not benefit from any link clicks or purchases made.

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