June 23, 2015 at 1:45 am #351176
Airtime: Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. on Comedy Central, beginning June 23
Cast: Natasha Leggero, Riki Lindhome, Michael Ian Black, Christina Hendricks, David Wain, & Jason Ritter
Creators: Natasha Leggero, Riki Lindhome
Reviews upcoming.June 23, 2015 at 11:28 am #351178
Hollywood Reporter’s review:
“Another Period”: TV Review
10:38 AM PDT 6/19/2015 by Whitney Matheson
Bottom Line: An absurd,
bawdy version of “Downton Abbey.”
Natasha Leggero, Riki Lindhome and an ensemble cast
parody corset-heavy period dramas.
From “Vikings” to “Manhattan” to “Halt and Catch Fire,”
it’s a hot ‘n’ heavy time for period dramas. Comedy Central’s latest, a
well-timed period parody, mixes corsets and classism with some old-fashioned
sex and silliness.
Fittingly titled “Another Period,” the show follows the
prestigious Bellacourt family, a clan of wealthy fools living in Rhode Island
during the Gilded Age. Comedians Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome—who also
created and wrote the series together—star as self-absorbed sisters Lillian and
Beatrice. While Lillian dreams of fame and divorce, Beatrice longs for the day
she and her brother/secret lover (Jason Ritter) can live happily ever after.
The ensemble cast also includes David Koechner as
patriarch Commodore Bellacourt; Paget Brewster as his wife, Dodo; and Lauren
Ash as Hortense, the brainy sister mocked for her ambition and unseemly “face
windows.” David Wain and Brian Huskey play the husbands of Lillian and
Beatrice, though they’re far more interested in groping each other.
As for the “downstairs” characters—yep, this house is
divided, “Downton Abbey”-style—many viewers will recognize Michael Ian Black,
Brett Gelman, and “Mad Men”’s Christina Hendricks, who plays a mysterious maid
Laughs come from all angles here, though particularly
memorable gags crank up the raunchiness (one scene shows the Bellacourts
engaging in boring “procreation sex”) and absurdity, like when the gang gulps
down too much “cocaine wine” or an anxious butler exclaims, “My god, that’s the
In addition to the generous ensemble, “Another Period” is
loaded with comedy cameos. In the pilot, Tom Lennon pops up along with “The
Office”’s Kate Flannery, who plays a frustrated Annie Sullivan to Shoshannah
Stern’s version of Helen Keller. And though each actor brings his/her own
steamer trunk of talent to the mix, the standout is Leggero, a confident
performer who has deserved a breakout TV project for so long that it’s no
wonder she decided to make one herself.
A show like this one doesn’t necessarily need to spend
time on character development, but “Another Period” does, even throwing in a
cliffhanger or two. And sure, some could find traces of social commentary in
the dialogue, like when Beatrice acts dumb in front of a man or Lillian
wonders, “If women can vote, who’s next? Horses? Tulips?”
But this series doesn’t want our analysis. Heck, it
doesn’t even want to transport us back in time. At the end of the half-hour, “Another
Period” just wants to make us laugh at merkin jokes and “lawn-boating” and
people named Chair.
And on those counts, I’d say it does very well indeed.June 23, 2015 at 8:38 pm #351179
Very funny pilot. It’s humor wavelength won’t be for everyone, but I personally love the “Downton Abbey” spoofing mixed with the modern flourishes. And poor Christina Hendricks. I’ll never grow tired of “Chair” lol.June 23, 2015 at 8:41 pm #351180
I really liked the pilot. It was superb. I can’t wait for future episodes… A very smart, unique series.June 30, 2015 at 10:21 am #351181
Episode Title: “Divorce”
Synopsis: Frederick and Garfield both fall victim to Pussy Van Anderstein’s
powerful charms; Lillian learns that divorce is in vogue and concocts a
scheme to procure one for herself.