We’re living in the era of so-called Peak TV, in which sophisticated production quality, A-list talent and an incredible variety of content has resulted in programming that is — to use another adjective appropriate to this time — binge worthy. The best of these shows have raised the standard for great television, making this year’s Emmy awards, airing September 17 on NBC, especially competitive.
Some of the outstanding shows are period pieces, in which fashion, jewelry and interiors are particularly important for evoking the rarefied worlds depicted. One of the most lauded of these series, Netflix’s The Crown, which follows Queen Elizabeth II from her marriage to Prince Philip onward, has the distinction of being the most expensive television show ever made, with the first season alone costing more than $130 million. (The second season is up for 21 Emmys.)