The Gilded Age

The Gilded Age
Released: 24th January, 2022

About The Gilded Age

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 1880s New York City. Originally announced in 2018 for NBC, it was later announced in May 2019 that the show was moved to HBO.


The American Gilded Age was a period of immense economic change, of great conflict between the old ways and brand new systems, and of huge fortunes made and lost. Against the backdrop of this transformation, HBO’s The Gilded Age begins in 1882 with young Marian Brook (Jacobson) moving from rural Pennsylvania to New York City after the death of her father to live with her thoroughly old money aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Baranski) and Ada Brook (Nixon). Accompanied by Peggy Scott (Benton), an aspiring writer seeking a fresh start, Marian inadvertently becomes enmeshed in a social war between one of her aunts, a scion of the old money set, and her stupendously rich neighbors, a ruthless railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife, George (Spector) and Bertha Russell (Coon). Exposed to a world on the brink of the modern age, will Marian follow the established rules of society, or forge her own path?

Critic Reviews

  • Fellowes has attempted to recapture the magic of Downton Abbey in other projects, like Doctor Thorne and Belgravia. Here, though, he actually pulls it off. Each new episode left me more ravenous for more. ... It has all the escapist charm of the historic costume drama blended with the savage energy of most evening soaps. It is the show Downton Abbey fans have been waiting for.

    Rating: 100/100
  • While the five episodes of this series provided in advance to critics have yet to hit that "Poor Mr. Pamuk" sweet spot of scandal, the potential is here for a simply delicious period soap opera.

    Rating: 91/100
  • The Gilded Age can occasionally feel like it's spinning its wheels rather than chugging full-steam ahead. ... Later on, however, the series starts to generate more momentum, courtesy of bigger drama and more severe repercussions for certain characters' actions, and it's in those events that The Gilded Age establishes itself as a title wholly independent of any that might have come before — provided viewers are willing to wade through the filler to get to the substance.

    Rating: 83/100
  • “Downton Abbey” detractors may see too many similarities to invest in the next chapter of Julian Fellowes’ “Gosford Park” successors. But if you’re normally enamored with period dramas, Masterpiece on PBS, or well-orchestrated ensemble pieces, “The Gilded Age” should provide plenty of entertainment in the weeks to come.

    Rating: 75/100
  • It’s an elegantly told, gorgeously designed, and finely acted tale. ... There are a lot of balls in the air in “The Gilded Age,” and Fellowes isn’t quite a master of them all yet. In service of another trend in period shows, Fellowes occasionally looks back at the era from a contemporary perspective, also with uneven results.

    Rating: 70/100
    Boston Globe
  • Baranski is a goddess of acerbic condescension, but that can only go so far, and Coon’s quest to become as big a snob as her neighbors doesn’t exactly qualify as inspirational. Still, it sparkles and is highly watchable.

    Rating: 67/100
    The Detroit News
  • “The Gilded Age” simply lacks bite. It’s a “costume drama” that gets the first part beautifully right but smothers the drama part of that description with airs of pretense and perfection. Like so many artifacts of this year, it looks great but carries no weight.

    Rating: 42/100
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