The Gilded Age is the perfect TV escapism.
All thanks to the fact that it draws you into a perfectly crafted world, one that looks on the surface to be about the wealthy socialities of New York City in the 1880s, but is also a story of family and intrigue that touches on everything from classism to racism in a story that still feels fresh and relevant.
Season two of The Gilded Age has premiered on Paramount+, but should you watch it?
Here's everything you need to know.
What is The Gilded Age about?
The Gilded Age premiered in 2022 and was immediately met with critical acclaim. The historical drama series was created and written by Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes, who wrote the screenplays for movies such as Gosford Park and Vanity Fair and who is also the creator, writer, and executive producer of the beloved award-winning series Downton Abbey.
So with The Gilded Age, we always knew we were going to be in the hands of an expert storyteller.
The Gilded Age is set against the lush backdrop of New York City in 1882 and began with a young woman named Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson), who fled Pennsylvania after her father’s death left her with no money, to live with her estranged aunts Ada Forte (Cynthia Nixon) and Agnes van Rhijn (Christine Baranski) in the bright lights of the Big Apple.
Along the way, her story merged with a young ambitious African-American woman named Peggy Scott (Denée Benton) an aspiring writer who soon found work as Agnes' secretary, all while being estranged from her family and her father.