The Influx of Time Travel TV shows this Season


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Time travel has always been of interest to movie goers and filmmakers alike. The idea of visiting the past or the future, and what complications could arise, makes for some great drama and comedy as well. But are there too many?

Recently there has been an influx of time travel shows on network television. Last season CW debuted Legends of Tomorrow, a spin-off series starring the heroes and villains from DC’s Arrow and The Flash. Now in its second season, it joined an epic crossover across four nights with the other DC shows on the CW and has been renewed for a third season. This fall NBC also premiered a time travel show called Timeless, where three every-day people travel in time to stop a man from altering history. Now ABC and Fox have decided to add to the time travel genre with two new shows of their own.

ABC’s Time After Time is a combination of a sci-fi, mystery drama that feels very ABC like. It tells the story about H.G. Wells who travels in his time machine (that’s real-not just fiction) to chase after his friend Dr. John Stevenson, who is actually Jack the Ripper! Wells befriends a museum curator who oversees the H.G. Wells exhibit and a woman who claims to be his granddaughter (but I don’t believe it-even if there’s paperwork to prove it). Jack wants the key to the time machine, so he can have complete control of it, giving him the power to go anywhere in time. According to the upcoming scenes for the season, it looks like they mainly stay in present day New York, but may travel to other times like WWII. I’m very interested to watch more.

Fox’s Making History is a half hour sitcom that in the pilot shows how easy it is to alter the timeline. Dan, a college janitor, has a duffle bag that can travel back in time. They don’t get into too many logistics, just that his deceased father is the one who discovered it. (Well, good enough for me!) After delaying the Revolutionary War, he recruits Chris, a history professor to help set history right.

The typical time travel hijinks ensue from using famous people’s names and quotes from movies. Dan even sings Aerosmith to his colonial girlfriend, who spoiler alert is Paul Revere’s daughter. The episode ends on a cliffhanger that makes me want to watch the next. It’s very light-hearted and you find yourself laughing even at the most serious things.

So now a duffle bag gets added to the list of time traveling machines, such as the TARDIS, the DeLorean, and the Cosmic Treadmill. Should be interesting to see if these shows stand the test of time. In the meantime, we could think about where we would go if we had the chance. So, if you could time travel what would be your preferred method of travel?

Time After Time airs Sunday at 9 on ABC

Making History airs Sunday at 8:30 on Fox