Thanks to a question from a listener, Andrew, Margaret and
Kathryn revisit the idea of rewatches and try to take apart
exactly what draws us to rewatching certain series, episodes, and
scenes. We think about Mad Men, Outlander, Veronica Mars, and the
pleasures of doing research on the shows we love.
Next, inspired by our Americans book club, we consider
historical television series, and think about the differences
between historical miniseries and open-ended historical series. We
talk about Outlander, Wolf Hall, Downton Abbey, John Adams,
The Hour, and more. What is the difference between a miniseries and
a series in this instance? How are television shows influenced by
their source material? Aren't all histories false narratives we
impose on events to make ourselves feel good? And also
- Margaret makes a near-fatal error.