Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: TV Review
If you’re looking for a series to carry you through the waning weeks of summer, look no further than Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Part Nancy Drew, part Murder She Wrote, a smidge of Sherlock Holmes and a whole lot of fun, Miss Fisher is smart, witty, and full of 1920’s glamour.
Essie Davis plays the star of the Australian series, Miss Phryne Fisher, an extraordinary woman with no patience for the restrictions of late 1920’s Melbourne. Miss Fisher is intelligent, keen, and kind—although she does carry a pistol. She’s unconcerned by convention, but battles injustice in the most fashionable outfits and shoes.
Although the series is centered on (as the title implies) murder, the themes of feminism, justice, and the pursuit of equality—for men and women, poor and wealthy, of any color, religion, creed, or sexual orientation. Miss Fisher is a woman ahead of her time, and the series highlights themes and issues still relevant today. She is not the only strong female character in the show, and she makes it a point to elevate the women and girls around her whenever possible.
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries provides an entertaining, intelligent, female-positive series that easily lends itself to binge watching. You can (at the time of writing) find the first two seasons (2012-2013) on Netflix. The third season is currently on-air, and the show’s creators have confirmed the future shooting of a feature-length film of Miss Fisher.
Original Publication: The Flame, 2016