I highly recommend watching them or owning them to watch again and again when the kids complain about how hard life is or the grandparents lie about how much easier life was in decades past. Life is hard, Easy memories are usually the memories of a child. Life is harder in the so called kinder simpler days gone by.
It's all fun and games when we are watching Downton Abbey because no is complaining about human rights and labor equality and the heat in the kitchen and the hours in the day. They all stand on their marks, wait for the cue and read their lines. There's more to living than the show!
Lessons you can learn from watching these programs goes beyond how to cook over an open fire and gives a glimpse of human behavior. All the bullying and backstabbing, political struggle and class strife is present. Every person who signed up for these shows knew life was going to be different. Few of them are prepared for how different. The prepper could benefit from watching how others cope and imagining if it were you.
Other experiments in this series were,1900 House (England, shampoo not yet invented) 1940s House (England the War years with the man of the house away and ration books). Colonial House ( Northeast settlement of the United States),Texas Ranch House (cattle ranch, large family, ranch hands operating a business in cattle), and Pioneer House (the settlers of the Mid-West.).
Post TSHTF people who survive will still be people. There will be the lazy, the crazy and the opportunist, the politicians, the bosses and the bullies. These people may have signed a waiver for legalities, but they are not put in serious danger. There are cameras nearby, production staff on hand and an exit clause. I would say one of the most important lessons I took from these series was "no matter where you go, there you are!" Some of the volunteers said they were changed by their participation. Nice! I saw some of them trying to change their experience to suit their personalities. I saw them go to a lot of trouble to go back in time only to find they had taken their bad moods, bad habits and work ethics with them.
I don't want to spoil any of it for you with details, but as a social experiment goes.....they are a good watch!