I read an article the other day about the best US TV shows not to have found a home on a British station.
Some of them looked quite interesting and I certainly intend to give them a try, but the one that stood out the most for me was Hindsight.
Hindsight Review (Non Spoiler): What’s It About?
Broadcast on VH1 – a station you wouldn’t associate with TV drama – Hindsight is a show about a woman in her 40s who – on the eve of her second wedding – realises she’s lived a life filled with regrets. She wishes she could go back and change things to make her life more fulfilled.
A weird trip in an elevator results in her being transported back to 1995 into the body of her younger self on the day of her first wedding and before she fell out with the best friend she’s ever had.
Given a second chance in life, will things turn out differently this time or is she destined to repeat the same mistakes all over again?
So I’m not going to spoil this for you by giving away any plot details.
Instead I’ll just tell you why I think this show is fantastic.
I mean, I guess you all know that I love Doctor Who, and so any show about time travel is going to peak my interest, but what works so well with Hindsight is that it presents this sort of thing without feeling even slightly ‘science-fictiony’. As a result of that, people who generally don’t like sci-fi will be able to enjoy it without feeling like it’s something outside of their own wheelhouse.
A decent outline for a series isn’t enough though; it has to be well written, and again, I think it is.
The characters are realistic and multi-dimensional (and played by good, if less well-known actors who do them justice), the plots are varied and interesting and the season long story arc bubbles away nicely while building to a great cliffhanger that makes you want to come back for more.
There’s also the added attraction of that ‘Life On Mars’ style retro feel where a character from a contemporary setting is flung back into the past. There are plenty of nods to how dated certain aspects of the 90s are – like fashion and technology – but it also celebrates other parts of its culture. And because this is a show that airs on VH1, the music of the age takes centre stage a lot of the time.
Basically if you’re old enough to remember the mid 90s you’ll appreciate it, but even if you’re not you’ll enjoy the show anyway, I reckon.
So yeah, track down Hindsight and give it a go; it’s fun, it’s enjoyable, and unlike quite a few shows I’ve tried to watch lately, it has that ‘just one more episode’ appeal to it.
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