Frock Flicks has a specific cut off date of only reviewing movies that are set pre-1970, but as the 1970s and 1980s are becoming long enough ago to qualify for an AARP card, we are seeing more historical period film and television shows set in these two decades. It’s only going to get worse, folks! So, I figured that every so often I would round up a handful of the current fare set in the era of perms and polyester, especially if they’re doing a great job of nailing the retro look of the era that many of us here at Frock Flicks still remember as “normal fashion.”
Winning Time (2022-)
I could have sworn I’ve talked about the HBO show that covers the rise of the Los Angeles Lakers in the early 1980s, but I guess not. Regardless, season two is coming out sometime this year, and if it’s anything like the first season, the show is going to continue to serve amazing 1980s looks as it delves deeper into the mythos of the Magic Johnson era of the Lakers.
Fargo (2014-) Season Two
I’ve taken a brief look at Fargo before, in one of my top five roundups of shows and films set in the 1950s, but season two of the hit dark comedy is set at the tail end of the 1970s, so it deserves a special mention here.
The White House Plumbers (2023-)
My boyfriend recently got me hooked on this show which focuses on the absolutely bonkers crew of spies who orchestrated the Watergate Hotel break-in in 1972.
This show is all about how money doesn’t mean happiness, especially for the Gettys, one of America’s richest families. I think it had ambitions to be like Succession, before Succession, but critics sort of panned it despite the all-star cast.
I really enjoyed this weird little show about a fictional porn magazine marketed to women in the 1970s. It’s like if you got Gloria Steinem to edit Playgirl, with hilarious results.
Have you seen any of these shows? Tell us what you think in the comments!