I did find it cheesy, but not out of the ordinary, that the world just happened to be like 21st century Earth, with exactly the same fashion, the same cars, driving on the same asphalt roads, and they all just happen to have standard-issue cell phones that capture video. The only difference is that they wear their Facebook likes on their chests. Wow, what are the odds? They have 21st-century technology, yet are completely oblivious to the extraterrestrial life orbiting right around their planet. They have this witch-hunting culture, yet they managed to innovate these video cell phones. Oh, and on the previous episode, all the plant life just happens to be exactly like California! How about that?
Yes yes, we know: Seth's special-effects budget might be a bit limited. It's no different from all the Holodeck cheese on ST:TNG, really. Just have to swallow the disbelief and move on.
I actually don't mind the sets so much as every anecdote seems to be about our current time here on Earth. I am totally fine with them saving budget by setting things in a relatively cheaper setting, that makes sense. But that hardly seems necessary when you are just talking about things from the past.
It could be that they mention other time periods more often and I'm just ultra zoned in on their mentions of our current period now. But I don't think so. And the show just isn't good enough to watch again to find out, lol.