WIRED Pilot Program: The Crown

Each fall, most of the broadcast and cable networks debut a ton of new shows in the span of a few months, making it difficult to sort out which ones to make time for and which to skip. So we’re starting the WIRED Pilot Program, where we highlight what you should continue watching, and what you can just let sit on your DVR until it automatically deletes. Today’s entry: Good Girls Revolt.

The Show: Good Girls Revolt (Streaming now on Amazon)

The Premise: It’s December 1969, and the staffers at News of the Week—a big-audience, big-credibility, big-money national magazine—are scrambling to cover Altamont, one of the last major headline-grabbing events of the decade. But an even bigger story seems to be unfolding in the magazine’s offices, where the Week‘s underappreciated female researchers are learning that the male colleagues who take their work for granted (while also often taking all the credit) could be guilty of more than just sexism—they might also be breaking the law.

The Pilot Program Take: Normally, Pilot Program adheres to a strict guideline of only reviewing a new series’ first installment. But since the pilot of Good Girls Revolt technically debuted last fall—when it was part of Amazon’s you-rate-it, we-make-it voting program—we decided to check out the first two installments, just to get a better sense of where the show was headed. And it’s a good thing we did, because Revolt makes some much-needed improvements between episodes one and two, turning a crucial corner from a sixties-slavish reference-o-‘rama to a noticeably more invigorated workplace drama.