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12 Shows Like ‘Bridgerton’ To Watch Now That You’ve Finished Season One
It’s official, we’re completely obsessed with Netflix’s new series, Bridgerton. Not only have we binged the series (twice), but we’ve also completed investigative deep dives into our favourite characters and the possibility of a second season.
Now that all of that’s done, we’re looking for more shows like Bridgerton to fill the void. From teen dramas to scandalous period pieces, keep reading for 12 shows like Bridgerton you can start bingeing tonight.
1. ‘THE SPANISH PRINCESS’
What do you get when you mix a teenage princess, 16th-century love letters and plenty of royal scandal? The story of Catherine of Aragon, the daughter of Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain, who goes to England to meet her future husband Arthur. However, when Arthur suddenly dies, Catherine isn’t welcomed into English society, and her next choice, King Henry VII, is the dad of the guy she really loves.
2. ‘GOSSIP GIRL’
This early 2000s CW drama gives viewers a look “into the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite.” Gossip Girl is Bridgeton, if Bridgerton were set in New York City and featured narration from a writer voiced by Kristen Bell rather than Julie Andrews.
Like Bridgerton, Scandal was also created by drama series mastermind, Shonda Rhimes, so we had to include it in this list. The series follows Olivia Pope, a crisis-management expert who eradicates problems (or scandals) that occur among government officials. And with the help of her team (aka the Gladiators), Pope handles each situation with ease and proves that no mess is too dirty.
4. ‘THE CROWN’
Like Bridgerton, this Netflix drama tells stories of high society. However, The Crown takes place almost a century later and follows the political rivalries and romances of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. Pretty much all of our favourite royals make an appearance, including Princess Di.
A shocking crop of familiar faces, including Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones’s Theon Greyjoy), Liv Tyler (Lord of the Rings) and Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil on Downton Abbey), isn’t even the best part about this juicy tale of competing brothels in 18th-century London. Oh, and did we mention it was created by a team of women?
6. ‘THE TUDORS’
Chock full of scandalous storylines over its four seasons, this series provides all the lustful drama you loved about Bridgerton. The Tudors will take you through a handful of King Henry VIII’s scandalous marriages (six in total).
7. ‘DERRY GIRLS’
Bridgerton star, Nicola Coughlan, also stars in this comedy set in Northern Ireland in the ’90s. The ladies of Derry Girls are a group of teenagers who are navigating their way through Catholic high school. Messy and loud and absolutely hilarious, Erin, Orla, Clare and Michelle are among the most lovable main characters we’ve seen in a while.
8. ‘BEECHAM HOUSE’
The series follows John Beecham, a former soldier of the East India Company, who arrives in Delhi in 1800 determined to make a new life for himself. Carrying with him a secret, he hopes it will never be revealed.
Dickinson details the early years of poet Emily Dickinson (Hailee Steinfeld) from a comedic perspective, shining a new light on America’s most famous introvert. The comedic series may be a bit more exaggerated and over the top than Bridgerton but it’s just as entertaining.
The series tells the story of Queen Elizabeth’s great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, who took the throne of England at the age of 18. The early years of her glorious 63-year reign unfold alongside exquisite costume and set decoration as we watch her fruitful yet ill-fated romance with the young Prince Albert. This one’s good if you’re looking for more of a straight forward description of events.
Reign’s portrayal of teenage queen, Mary, Queen of Scots, brings sex, drama and politics into one wildly dramatic series (hence why we love it). The teenage queen is sent to France in order to marry Prince Francis and secure Scotland’s strategic alliance, but opulent sh*t hits the jewel-encrusted fan when the show’s writers skew toward the absurd with witches, forgotten plotlines and some ghost-husbands.