Your TV is a time ma­chine.

In the mood for me­dieval? Fond of the fu­ture? Here’s a timeline of the wealth of shows deal­ing with history.

The Washington Post Sunday - - ARTS & STYLE - BY HANK STUEVER

Read­ers are al­ways ask­ing me to rec­om­mend some­thing new to watch be­tween sea­sons (or af­ter the fi­nal episode) of their fa­vorite shows. ¶ The con­ver­sa­tion starts out be­ing about genre (“a drama, but not too gory”; “a com­edy, but not like a sit­com”), but I’ve in­creas­ingly no­ticed that view­ers are look­ing for a when in­stead of a what — they want “some­thing set in the 1960s” (to fill the void left by “Mad Men”) or “some­thing me­dieval” (the wait for “Game of Thrones,” about an imag­i­nary con­ti­nent’s com­pa­ra­ble Dark Age, feels in­ter­minable) or some other pe­riod piece set in a

per­sonal sweet spot: Vic­to­rian, Ed­war­dian, Celtic, Druid, Ro­man, czarist, pi­o­neer and — al­ways a big re­quest — pro­grams set be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the Civil War. ¶ Don’t for­get World War II, the Space Age and the Cold War. (The dar­ling decade of the mo­ment is the Rea­gan­era ’80s.) And to all that, add a healthy de­mand for shows about the fu­ture — 50 years from now, a cen­tury from now, eons from now. ¶ Is there some larger the­sis here about our dis­con­tent with present­day life in the early 21st cen­tury? Or is it just that the pe­riod pieces have im­proved in qual­ity and be­come more be­liev­able in their de­tails and set­ting? ¶ What­ever the rea­son, time frame and time­lines seem so es­sen­tial to view­ers’ de­sires now that I’m sur­prised that Xfinity, DirecTV, Net­flix and other providers haven’t added “sort by decade” and “sort by cen­tury” to their on­de­mand search op­tions. (They can thank me later for the idea.) ¶ The 201516 TV sea­son brings sev­eral more shows — along with those al­ready on — that take place some­when other than right now. Squeeze into my time ma­chine and let’s see whether there’s a pe­riod that ap­peals to you.

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