The creator of the new Apple TV+ drama, , addresses comparisons to . There has been an uptick in period dramas that blend the old with the new, revisiting classical settings and styles with modern sensibilities and even occasionally contemporary needle drops. Hulu's comes to mind, as do HBO dramas and and fellow Apple TV+ drama . Based on Edith Wharton's novel, is the latest example of the subgenre.
During an interview with , series creator Katherine Jakeways discussed the , Netflix's period drama with a contemporary bent. Jakeways said the comparison was valid and inevitable, but also noted that development on the Apple TV+ adaptation started before came out. In the quote below, Jakeways praises the Netflix series while also underlining Wharton's style:
The series is based on Warton's novel, which was published posthumously in 1938. The story follows a group of young, fun-loving American women as they arrive in London in the 1870s. This kicks off a culture clash with the locals, as stiff mannerisms are upended by the group's lack of regard for centuries of tradition. Though the women are sent to London to secure husbands and titles, they're after more than that.
that includes 's Kristine Froseth in the role of Nan, alum Alisha Boe as Conchita, and reboot star Josie Totah as Mabel. Other familiar faces in include Christina Hendricks, who is best known for her role as Joan on . Prior to adapting the Wharton novel for Apple TV+, Jakeways wrote for and made on-screen appearances as an actor for shows like .
has received generally positive reviews from both audiences and critics, though it's been dinged for its use of contemporary songs by the likes of Taylor Swift. The soundtrack of is one of the things that makes the Netflix series stand out, as it twists its use of modern music. The comparisons have a basis, though the Apple TV+ drama takes a different approach to its corset prestige soap.