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PBS's historical drama Victoria is totally our new aesthetic.


Welcome back to our TV Preview series! In this half of the series, Mandy, Emily, Kandis and I are checking out the shows from our TV Preview: Midseason Shows post, and letting you know what we think you should—and shouldn’t—be watching.


Premiered: January 15 on PBS/AETN. (Watch online.)

Twitter Pitch

#Royal romance, drool-worthy people and places, and a plot that's part history and part YA saga come together in #Victoria. Sign us up.

Familiar Faces

Jenna Coleman as Victoria

Rufus Sewell as Lord Melbourne

Tom Hughes as Prince Albert

Nell Hudson as Skerrett

Tori the dog as Dash

This SAME dog played Dash in Emily Blunt's The Young Victoria. There's your fun fact of the day.

Redeeming Qualities

Kandis: Victoria and Melbourne are really pretty. I could watch them all day. The sets are fascinating. I like the Downton Abby aspect of getting the servants POV. I was really absorbed with all the intrigue of the interfering family members and staff. The actor playing Lord Melbourne? I cannot take my eyes off of him. Why can't he be in every scene? They're going to have to find a super hot Albert for us to buy that she ended up marrying someone other than him. And Melbourne's wife ran off with Lord Byron? JUICY. I'd totally watch that show, too.

Rosemary: God it's all so beautiful. The sets and costumes and landscapes and slow-motion cinematography - every single freaking bit of it is eye candy. Even the cast. I like that they wasted no time in getting to the point and amping up the drama. Masterpiece Theatre shows are truly masters of creating addicting television. I felt like I was holding my breath through a lot of it, like there's something bubbling under the surface of all that civilized British-ness that could explode at any time.

It's Not Me, It's You

Kandis: Girl, enough with the dolls? And RATS. NO NO NO NO. Victoria can be really petulant and bratty, but I can't imagine that's unrealistic for a teenage queen. But the patriarchy of the time period (and you know, life in general) had me legit stabby.

Rosemary: Honestly, my biggest beef with this show is that braids-over-the-ears hairstyle. ::shudder:: Victoria reminds me, to a distracting degree, of Belle Gardiner from Little Women. Remember the scene? About getting Meg a silk dress? "The poor are always with us." This makes her even more snotty in my mind. BUT that little challenging gleam in her eye makes her bratty behavior more exciting than annoying.

Let's Do This Again

Kandis: This show managed to make a subplot about candles and gloves interesting! And it really gives me a thrill to know that Victoria reigned for like a hundred years, after all those people tried so hard to bulldoze her in her youth. HERE FOR IT.

Rosemary: Girl, yes. I worried about this going up in the same season as The Crown, but this is so much more exciting IMO. It feels like a YA book I'd read in one sitting, only shot in a place I want to go to immediately.


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Rosemary Hallmark's photo About the Author: Rosemary lives in Little Rock, AR with her cute husband and even cuter dog. At 16, she plucked a copy of Sloppy Firsts off the "New Releases" shelf and hasn't stopped reading YA since. (She's still got a soft spot for the swoony, contemporary stuff.) A former magazine editor, she is now a freelance writer, graphic designer, art director and photo stylist. The rest of her time is spent drinking cocktails, renovating her house and laughing at her husband's ridiculous Pretty Little Liars theories.