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September 7, 2018

‘The Miniaturist’ Review: PBS’s Gorgeous Miniseries Is Also Wonderfully Spooky

At first glance, PBS’s The Miniaturist is a show that might be easy to dismiss. It takes place in 17th century Amsterdam, where the colors are (for the most part) particularly muted. It looks quiet, staid, buttoned-up. Its title refers to the maker of tiny items to go in doll houses. How riveting could that be? Very much so, actually. Mostly because the miniaturist of the title is not someone we meet until the end of the three-episode series, although their creations seem to be driving the story. The Miniaturist follows a beautiful but poor girl (isn’…

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