In our household, it seems that our televisions and digital devices are always tuned to something geared towards our children. Whenever possible, my husband and I will find a series to watch that is just for us to enjoy once the kids are tucked in. Neither one of us are big on watching comedies or light-hearted, feel-good shows when we do carve out time for television. A series that combines history, action and intrigue is a winner in our book and after watching the trailers for Taboo premiering on FX on January 10th – we’ve found our new guilty pleasure.
Set in 1814, Taboo follows James Keziah Delaney, a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed. Believed to be long dead, he returns home to London from Africa to inherit what is left of his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself. But his father’s legacy is a poisoned chalice, and with enemies lurking in every dark corner, James must navigate increasingly complex territories to avoid his own death sentence. Encircled by conspiracy, murder and betrayal, a dark family mystery unfolds in a combustible tale of love and treachery.
My husband enjoys sharing random facts and information he’s learned over the years through his travels with the military and life, in general. I enjoy sharing even more random facts and information to top those random facts and information.
To prepare for our date night watching Taboo on FX, I’ve found some random facts about 19th century London to just casually drop into conversation during commercial breaks or key scenes in the show:
1 – Science Fiction (a favorite genre of both of ours) was birthed in the 19th century with Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein”.
2 – Tobacco was often prescribed for respiratory issues, especially asthma in young people. The thought process was that smoking tobacco without inhaling would help soothe the throat and open up the airways for easier breathing.
3 – The first photograph of the moon was taken in 1851.
Taboo centers around 19th century London and the darkness of that era. The show is intended for viewers over the age of 21. To commemerate the premiere of Taboo, you can head here to enter to win a set of diamonds.