Tubin': Analysis, discussion and freak-outs about our favorite TV shows. See More...


Freddie Stroma looks good in everything, even a moustache from the 1890s.


Welcome back to our TV Preview series! In said series, Emily, Kandis, Rosemary and I take a look at shows featured in our TV Preview: Midseason Shows post, and let you know what we think you should—and shouldn’t—be watching. Full disclosure: We missed including Time After Time in our roundup, but because Freddie Stroma, we gave it a go.

Warning! Possible spoilers ahead.

Time After Time

Premiered: March 5 on ABC (Watch online.)

Twitter Pitch

An unexpectedly adorable H. G. Wells travels back in time chasing after his friend, who just so happens to be Jack the Ripper. #frenemies

Familiar Faces

Freddie Stroma as H.G. Wells

Josh Bowman as Dr. John Stevenson/Jack the Ripper

Juliet Mills as Mrs. Nelson

Nicole Ari Parker as Vanessa Anders

Will Chase as Griffin Monroe

Faces That Might Become Familiar (If You Keep Watching)

Ben Levin as Leon

Genesis Rodriguez as Jane Walker

Elliot Villar as Doug Lawson

Redeeming Qualities

Emily: I'm a sucker for a time travel show where a character from the past has to figure out the current social norms (Sleepy Hollow all the way). I also love a new spin on historical characters, especially when those spins make the characters super hot. And the awkward cuteness between Jane and Wells is an adorable making for a fun romance that I'm totally into!

Kandis: Freddie Stroma is so charming, I would watch him do just about anything. Maybe even be woke time-traveling bae, H. G. Wells. Jack the Ripper is disconcertingly attractive as well. And I enjoyed how much easier John is at blending. It would explain a lot about the legendary mystery man.

Mandy: It’s interesting watching Freddie Stroma act bashful and charming after seeing him most recently in the role of Adam on UnREAL; it shows that he has a quite a bit of range, which makes me like him more than I already did. I’m totally game to watch more of him being gentlemanly. I was also surprisingly engaged in the storyline.

It's Not Me, It's You

Emily: Unfortunately, these characters seem to fit into 2017 a little too easily, and Jane is trusting in a truly stupid way. For John to be making so many comments on how crazy violent the present world is, shouldn't she also be a little cautious as well? Especially as a person that actually is from 2017?

Kandis: Aside from the continuing plague of two-hour premieres, do we really need another time-travel show? (P.S. #RenewTimeless!) Jane bringing home such a weird stranger, that girl is just asking to be murdered. I'm not sure I care at all about the whole Vanessa mystery. Though the guy at the end, with the creepy murder board? How does he know everything?!

Mandy: Is the entire show going to be about H.G. tracking John? He’s too smart to continually be one step behind, plus he has the ability to travel through time. I mean. Also, John is a serial killer out of time. He has no way of knowing all the ways law enforcement in the present have of investigating murders and finding criminals. Even not being in the system won’t keep him “safe” for long.

Let's Do This Again

Emily: Probably not. We know the present world is super flawed, you don't have to rub it in. I don't know if it's fair to compare network time travel shows (though it is inevitable), but Timeless presents these amazing ethical dilemmas about changing history that give depth to the sometimes cheesy plots. Time After Time seems to lack the deeper level that will make it sustainable on my DVR.

Kandis: The fact that H.G. had plenty of time to just find any other antique key to give to John, and didn't, gives me doubts about this show's brains. And I'm not sure how they'll manage to make us believe week after week that none of them would just shoot John and put an end to all this. But ... Swoony Freddie Stroma might keep me coming back.

Mandy: I liked the first two hours of this show way more than I thought I would, so I’ll be back for at least a few more episodes. The show has the potential of becoming super repetitive, but it’s holding my interest so far.

Did you watch? If so, let us know your thoughts below!

Mandy Curtis's photo About the Author: Mandy is a small town girl living in a nerdy world, or—if you want to get literal—an editor/writer living in Austin, TX. In addition to yearning for YA books—the more dystopian or fantastical, the better—she can also be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.