The Gilded Age is a historical drama television series created by Julian Fellowes for HBO that is set in the United States during the Gilded Age, the boom years of the 1880s in New York City.

Because I have a passion for period pieces, I couldn’t wait to watch this series. I thought Downton Abby was snobbish, The Gilded Age is even worse but the series is excellent, and I love it!

Beginning in 1882, the old money van Rhijn-Brook family and new money Russell family live across the street from one another in New York City. Their niece, who is a Brook is a naïve young woman who enters the rigid social scene and learns about life’s harsh realities. The series follows characters in the upper class and the servant class.

The Gilded Age opens with NYC Industrialist, George Russell (Morgan Spector), his wife Bertha Russell…

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