After I finished Star Trek: TNG, I needed something new to watch during quarantine. I had already watched the pilot of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries a couple of years ago, but never continued. I decided to give it another try. I’m very glad I did!
The show follows the adventures of the Honorable Miss Phryne Fisher, a wealthy woman living in Melbourne during the late 1920’s. She’s certainly not a “typical” woman for that time period. She loves to speed in her new motorcar, marriage doesn’t interest her in the least, and she runs her own detective business. Helping her investigate her cases are her companion, Dot, Detective Inspector Jack Robinson, and Constable Hugh Collins, along with some other regularly-appearing characters.
There were a lot of things I loved about this show, but also a few things I disliked. I’ll be discussing them in this post!
Things I Liked:
- Miss Fisher herself. I love her as a main character. She’s gutsy, fearless, and witty. Also very stylish and charming. It’s a lot of fun to watch her adventures as a private detective. She is wealthy, but she is made a little more relatable by the fact that she’s had a rough past. She’s also very kind and generous to people in need and helps whenever she can.
- The secondary characters. In particular, Dot Williams. She’s Miss Fisher’s companion and assistant in solving her cases. She’s a Catholic girl, and very sweet. She provides a nice balance to the rowdiness of Miss Fisher while still being a strong female character in her own right. The rest of the characters — in particular Hugh, Bert, and Cec — are easily likeable as well.
- The romance! Particularly, between Phryne and Jack. It goes on throughout the series, but you have to wait a long time until anything actually happens. The writers really like to tease the audience. 😂 They are adorable together, though, and it was fun to ship them the whole time.
- The costumes. This is technically (???) a “period drama” since it’s set in the 1920’s, and oh my goodness, the costumes are gorgeous! I am a vintage fashion enthusiast, so any vintage costumes and a TV show automatically gets bonus points for me. Miss Fisher always had the best outfits — particularly her hats, which were fabulous — but I also loved Dot’s more simple outfits with all the flowers.
Things I Disliked:
- The bias. This show definitely has a bias. Many of the remarks made, though, are within the context of the social injustices of the 1920’s, so I agreed with many of them. Christians in the show are sometimes ridiculed (the Catholic priest in particular), but this truly is how some Christians act. I’m not easily offended, so it didn’t bother me too much.
- Miss Fisher’s flings. Miss Fisher has a lot of man friends throughout the show. I think this is supposed to show how “forward-thinking” she is, but frankly, I was tired of the scenes wasted on these men who only show up in one or two episodes, especially when the Inspector was right there. It eased up in the third season and it was the worst in the first season.
- The romance. But I loved the romance, didn’t I? Well, Jack and Phryne are adorable, and it was fun to ship them . . . but at some point, the characters just need to get together. The teasing is no longer fun but just annoying.
These are some minor qualms with the show that I had, though. For the most part I highly enjoyed watching it (I mean, I binged it in a span of about three weeks, so I clearly did) and it was a lot of fun. If you prefer a more “clean” watch, there are a lot of suggestive remarks and it’s a murder mystery show, so obviously it’s not going to be violence-free. (It’s not rated, but I would give it a TV-14/PG-13.) But if you can suspend disbelief and enjoy strong female leads, a good mystery, and exciting adventures, I’d recommend giving this show a try!
Thanks for reading!