“Penny Dreadful” (Showtime, returns in 2016) Florid monster mash set in London in 1891 features Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, werewolves, vampires, demons. And “Ripper Street” (BBC America, also returns in 2016) is a crime procedural set in London that started in the year 1889 and is now in 1894. Meanwhile, on another plane entirely, “Another Period” (Comedy Central, recently
renewed for Season 2) is a send-up of crunchy-gravel dramas, set in tony Rhode Island in 1902.
Christina Hendricks and Michael Ian Black in Comedy Central’s “Another Period,” which skewers crunchy-gravel dramas.