Time travel science fiction is a popular theme for television, to the extent that ABC’s Time After Time joins what is becoming a vast library of shows, including BBC’s Doctor Who, NBC’s Timeless, Starz’s Outlander, The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow, SyFy’s 12 Monkeys, Netflix’s Travelers, and Hulu’s 11.22.63. I may have missed a few, actually.
What distinguishes ABC’s entry to the time travel TV war is that it appeals not to usual science fiction tropes like Doctor Who, and not to key events in history like Timeless, but to literature, with H.G. Wells being the inventor of a time machine that he used as the inspiration for his novel of the same name, and that he used to track Jack the Ripper through time. Additionally, ABC draws the plot of this tv drama from an excellent 1979 movie that features, among other things, Mary Steenburgen’s other time traveling adventure.
Below, we have pictured Freddie Stroma as H.G. Wells, Josh Bowman as Dr. John Stevenson, Genesis Rodriguez as Jane Walker, Nicole Ari Parker as Vanessa Anders, and Will Chase as Griffin Monroe.
“TIME AFTER TIME” Using the 1979 novel and movie as a launching point, “Time After Time” chronicles the adventures of a young H.G. Wells as he travels through centuries, decades and days in the time machine he created. In the pursuit of the charismatic (yet secretly psychopathic) Dr. John Stevenson, better known as “Jack the Ripper,” Wells arrives in modern day New York City searching for Stevenson after the doctor escapes authorities in Wells’ London home. But instead of the Utopia he imagined, Wells finds a world more aligned with Stevenson’s temperament. Using creative elements from many of Wells’ classic stories, beginning with “The Time Machine” and “The Invisible Man” to “The Island of Dr. Moreau” and others, “Time After Time” creates a fantasy world surrounding the events that inspired these great literary works that focus on the best and worst of human nature, and its relationship to science and technology. Using the time machine to launch the series, “Time After Time” is not a time-travel show, rather it’s a series that looks at the world of today through the eyes of yesterday while fully charged with danger and, adventure and centered in thrills, satire, humor – and most of all – an epic love story.
“Time After Time” stars Freddie Stroma as H.G. Wells, Josh Bowman as Dr. John Stevenson (Jack the Ripper), Genesis Rodriguez as Jane Walker, Nicole Ari Parker as Vanessa Anders, Will Chase as Griffin and Jennifer Ferrin as Brooke.
“Time After Time” is from Warner Bros Television. Kevin Williamson is the creator and executive producer. Marcos Siega is executive producer and a director.
And four your edification, here you can compare ABC’s trailer with the 1979 feature film upon which it’s based: