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We’re well into winter, and it’s time to get cozy with a new show that offers pure escapism with a touch of familiarity. Enter: Golden age, HBO’s new series and a costume drama that has all the ingredients to be your next weekly staple. The series, of Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, debuts on HBO Max today and you won’t want to miss it – read on to find out how to watch (including a free option!), details on the star-studded cast, including Christine Baranski, Carrie Coon, Cynthia Nixon, and more, and why this period drama is just what your January needs.
Golden age takes us through the opulence and innovation of the American economic boom of the late 1800s and early 20th century: specifically, New York in the 1880s where a battle between new money and old rules begins to simmer and will undoubtedly reach a boil. On New York’s old money side, we have Agnes van Rhijn (Baranski), who finds her stubbornness for how social customs were and should remain challenged by Bertha Russell (Coon), a New Yorker with money fresh who wants to enter polite society against the unspoken social practices of those who, like van Rhijn, would refuse his entry.
Naturally, members of both women’s families and social circles get involved, along with a cast of characters with varying status and ranks in New York society. Does this sound a bit familiar to you? Well, for fans of Downton Abbey, this new series could be perfectly suitable. Julian Fellowes, creator of Golden age, is also responsible for the beloved, Emmy-winning costume drama about the Crawley family and the staff of their estate that took America by storm in 2010 — and still has a hold on it to this day.
Fellowes Downton Abbey ran for six seasons and then spawned two movies — the second of which will hit theaters in March. Prior to Downtown, Fellowes won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2002 for his British mystery drama Gosford Park. So, just like some of the wealthy characters we’ll meet in Golden age, the series itself has quite the pedigree of its own.
Although he covered one of the most expansive periods in American history, the Golden age has a rather short story of how it finally came to fruition. After Fellowes began discussing the show in 2012, the series got its original slate for NBC in 2018, before finally being passed on to HBO in 2019. Once the cast was assembled, filming was ready to begin, although due to the COVID-19 pandemic there have been a number of delays. With production complete, the series entered post-production, and the final product debuts tonight on HBO and HBO Max. Find all the info you need on how to stream (and how to get a free trial) below.
When Golden age start?
Golden age begins streaming on HBO Max tonight, January 24, at 9 p.m. ET.
When Golden age air?
Golden age will release a new episode on HBO Max every week on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET. The season has ten episodes.
where can i watch Golden age?
Streaming and viewing options The Golden Age are quite limited, but there are several ways to access the streaming series on HBO Max. For those who’ve been considering subscribing to HBO Max, now might be a great time to shop and save some cash while you do. HBO Max currently has a deal where you can save 20% for 12 months on any of the monthly plans offered by the streamer. With both HBO Max subscriptions, you can watch the full library of HBO content, plus Warner Bros. movies. that fall on the streamer.
The subscription plan which includes all the aforementioned features plus ads is currently $7.99 (usually the plan is $9.99 per month). If you don’t want to watch ads, the $11.99 per month plan offers ad-free content to stream at your leisure (a plan that typically costs $14.99 per month). This offer only lasts until January 25, so be sure to sign up today.
How to watch Golden age free
For those looking for a free option before fully committing to the new series, there’s a way to watch that could be an easy add-on to a streamer you already have, or a great way to subscribe to two platforms at the instead of one. Hulu is offering a 7-day free trial of its HBO Max add-on for new subscribers only (sorry, current subscribers!). For those interested in seeing what it’s all about with Hulu + HBO Max, that’s a lot.
Hulu plans start at just $6.99 per month. Once you’ve selected your basic plan for Hulu, you can also subscribe to HBO Max. Your first week of HBO Max is completely free and you can cancel at any time. So even though Golden age isn’t for you, there’s still plenty more content on the streamer to explore and binge before your week is over.
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Why is everyone in Golden age sound so familiar to you?
contrary to Downton Abbey, which catapulted a number of its lesser-known actors to superstardom almost entirely overnight, Golden age is practically a Broadway who’s who company. Leading the cast is Christine Baranski, who plays Agnes van Rhijn, and carries with her all the stoicism and dignified air you might associate with a lady of her status.
Baranski herself is well known for her stage and screen roles. She appeared in movies like Chicago, Mama Mia!, and The bird cage. She won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1995 for her work on the series. Cybill, and has been nominated for 13 Emmy Awards since. She is also the recipient of two Tony Awards, both for Best Featured Actress in a Play for 1984. the real thing and 1989 Rumors.
Of course, Baranski needs a strong opponent in New York, where Carrie Coon comes in. The actress plays Bertha Russell, who brings her newfound wealth and new ideas to New York early in the series. Coon has been widely praised for her work on the HBO series Leftovers, which ran from 2014 to 2017. She also appeared in the FX anthology series Fargo (for which she earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie), the 2018 film widows, and the movie 2021 Ghostbusters: Afterlife. In 2013, Coon received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.
Naturally, Coon and Baranski aren’t the only cast members having fun. While the two accomplished women are undoubtedly the marquee names on the show, the show also features plenty of veterans as well as rising new talent. Cynthia Nixon appears in the series as Agnes van Rhijn’s sister, Ada Brook, who relies on her sister’s wealth since she herself never married. Nixon, of course, is known for her role in sex and the city and the rest of the series And just like that… like Miranda Hobbes. In addition to his two Emmy Awards, Nixon has also received two Tony Awards.
The set stands out even more beyond its three leading ladies. Taissa Farmiga stars as Gladys, Bertha Russell’s daughter; Jeanne Tripplehorn and Bill Irwin are season regulars; Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald appears in the series, alongside Broadway star Denée Benton and Louisa Jacobson, who happens to be Meryl Streep’s daughter.
where can i watch everything Downton Abbey, in case i want to do that?
Big question! The six seasons of Downton Abbey are available to stream on Netflix, or you can rent them on Amazon Prime Video. Speaking of Amazon Prime Video, you can also rent the Downton Abbey movie there.
‘Downton Abbey’ Season 1 on Amazon Prime Video
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