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TV Show Recommendation: The Irregulars

(This show recommendation has a couple of small spoilers, but they’re not anything that should ruin your enjoyment of the show if you haven’t already watched it!)

I’m a fan of period dramas, ensemble casts, and supernatural elements, so there is basically no surprise at all that I adored The Irregulars. It was a wild twist on a Sherlock Holmes-related show, and while there were some elements that I felt could have been handled differently, overall, the show was solid.

The show revolves around sisters Bea and Jessie, who grew up without their parents and have wound up living in a horrid basement apartment with two of their friends, Billy and Spike, in London. Bea is approached by Dr. John Watson, who wants to hire her and her friends to help him solve a mystery. And things only get worse from there.

Some have complained about the lack of historical accuracy in the show’s costuming, and even though it plays fast and loose with the actual date, yeah, the clothing is a little off. But it evokes the right general feeling, so it was close enough for me. What I liked a little less is that although the show has a diverse main and supporting cast, there’s a trend that if a character is of color, they’re probably not going to be a good guy (with a few exceptions). There’s also a slightly sloppily shoehorned-in romance subplot, but the conclusion of that subplot does lead to a touching resolution that I wasn’t expecting, so at least it has that going for it.

Netflix announced last week that The Irregulars won’t be getting a second season, despite early indications that it would. And while I’m a little bummed that there won’t be more of these excellent main characters, at least they were able to wrap up the story arc in a satisfying manner.

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