Hailee Steinfeld excels at playing the classic 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson in this excellent, hilarious, alt-history retelling of Dickinson’s life.
It dives into love, friendship, family, and more while delivering short episodes brimming with oddities and delight. Don’t anticipate a traditional historical drama with this series.
It adds a delightful, quirky air to the story, and while maybe not always historically accurate, it’s incredibly fun to watch and one of the best coming-of-age stories to air on television in the last year.
It’s a little wild, but also earnest and full of heart. The creativity is particularly fitting considering the content in Dickinson’s poetry, which is explored and developed throughout the show.
7. Home Before Dark
Home Before Dark is a newer show starring Brooklynn Prince of The Florida Project fame and Jim Sturgess, who plays her father. The show is based on the true story of Hilde Lisko, a young and intrepid reporter. The Liskos move back to Matt Lisko’s hometown of Erie Harbor, where his best friend was kidnapped years ago.
The case was “solved,” but the Liskos and several other people never believed the man the police arrested was the real culprit. Hilde becomes obsessed with solving the case and unearths tons of police corruption in the process.