'Taboo' Explores the Shameful Things the Victorian Era Loved

Although Tom Hardy does bite someone in FX’s miniseries Taboo, he doesn’t literally eat people. The show is simultaneously a Dickensenian period drama and a pulpy, gothic cable show. So far, the taboos the show explores include cannibalism and incest, and it’s in that uncomfortable space that it really finds its footing. Though historians might take issue with the show’s depiction of the East India Company, its attempts to adapt the Victorian zeitgeist into engrossing drama is more...

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