THE GILDED AGE is a period drama about greed and money. It personifies the “haves and have nots” in the late 1800’s in New York City. It is a story pitting “old money against new money. Tribe against tribe.”

Who will win this battle and dare to take on George Russell (Morgan Spector) and Gladys Russell (Taissa Farmiga)? I know Agnes (Christine Baranski) and Ada (Cynthia Nixon are doing their best for sure.  The Women’s Bazaar scene was a hoot. Such power and control. Take a bow Julian Fellowes, the writer, for those intense moments. I never knew a hundred-dollar bill could make such a difference. 

The costumes in this series are impeccable and stunning. Everyone looks perfect and straight out of history and fashion books. “New York is a collection of villages. We know the people who live in our own village, but not the ones who don’t.” I am so hooked and intrigued by all the side plots and innuendoes of stories yet to unfold. 

THE GILDED AGE is not for everyone. It is not DOWNTON ABBEY, but it sure is worth your viewing as we become more invested in the entire ensemble’s backstories. I, for one, can’t wait for more. It is available to stream on HBO/MAX. 

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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