10 shows like Netflix’s Bridgerton to watch until season 2 releases

Régé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor, Bridgerton

Liam Daniel / Netflix

Bridgerton became one of Netflix’s biggest hits when it was released on Christmas Day 2020, drawing fans in through its mix of a traditional period romantic drama with premium cable’s lax rules on how much clothing the actors should wear and feel the DRAMA of producer Shonda Rhimes. The sizzling romance set in the 1800s was so great that it was already renewed for a fourth season even before the second season aired. By now, it’s a safe bet that you’ve seen all of Season 1 and are keeping up with the latest gossip on Season 2 – including the sad departure of actor Regé-Jean Page from the series. But while you wait Bridgertonthe comeback, what should you watch next?

We have curated a list of shows that feature many of the items found in Bridgerton, like the sexy side of lascivious relationships, the copious amounts of scandals and gossip, and the surprisingly modern tone of historical dramas reworked for today’s audiences.

Looking for more recommendations on what to watch next? We have a ton! We also have recommendations for the best specials on Netflix and best comedy shows to binge watch in a weekend.

The pursuit of love

Lily James, The Pursuit of Love

Lily James, The pursuit of love

Robert Viglasky / Amazon Studios

It turns out that 100 years after the events of Bridgerton, people were still excited in England. Amazon Prime Videos The pursuit of love is a three-part miniseries written and directed by Emily Mortimer that stars Lily James and Emily Beecham as cousins ​​and best friends who come of age between the world wars and drool over boys together, despite their very different personalities . Like many period pieces recently – especially BridgertonThe pursuit of love is injected with modern sensibilities and lively energy (Andrew Scott’s character is presented as if he’s David Bowie’s second coming), as well as an anachronistic soundtrack featuring New Order, T. Rex and Moreover. The lust of Bridgerton is not as present in The pursuit of love because he is content with crushes and chooses friendship over romance as his main goal, but the emotions are still there. [Watch on Amazon Prime Video]

The cook of Castamar

The cook of Castamar

The cook of Castamar

Netflix

The show on this list that most closely resembles Bridgerton – on paper, at least – is the new Spanish series Castmar’s cook, which debuted on Netflix in July 2021 after airing in its home country earlier in the year. Both shows take place in the era of extravagant wigs and dresses (Castamar takes place in 1720 Madrid, Bridgerton set in 1813 in London), and both are terribly dashing, lust being the favorite pastime of its wealthy and privileged characters. In The Cook of Castamar, a duke mourning the loss of his wife finds solace in a new cook who begins working in the mansion kitchen. She’s an agoraphobe – she has a lot of open spaces and the outdoors – so hopefully they get her inside. While sex in The cook of Castamar is plentiful, there’s a lot less actual nudity, so if that’s what you’re after you might not be happy with it. [Watch on Netflix]

Great

Elle Fanning, the big one

Elle Fanning, the big one

Ollie Upton / Hulu

by Hulu Great is a, uh, excellent follow-up to Bridgerton, especially if you like the unexpected humor of Bridgerton. The series comes from screenwriter Tony McNamara, who has already proven period plays can be fun with his Oscar-nominated screenplay for the film. The favourite, and follows a young Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning) as she is dispatched to Russia to marry Peter III (Nicholas Hoult) and ultimately topple him and rule on her own when her fantasies of a royal good time are crushed. It’s not as hot as Bridgerton, but it’s a lot funnier, especially Hoult, who shines as a spoiled emperor bro doofus. [Watch on Hulu]

the foreigner

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan, the stranger

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan, the foreigner

Jason Bell / Starz

If corsets and puffy shirts (and the process of ripping them vigorously in a fit of arousal) gets your juices flowing, then Starz’s steamy romance is hard to beat. the foreigner. The adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s novels was swallowed up by rabid fans when it premiered in 2014, all eager to see pure hunk of hunk Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), a Scottish Highlander in the 1740s, catch Claire Randall. , nurse from WWII. (Caitriona Balfe) hug and reproduce romance cover photos you see at the airport. A WWII nurse in the 1740s, you say? Yes, the foreigner also has a bit of time-traveling sci-fi, as Claire and Jamie’s romance cannot be contained by the space-time continuum. The entire series (five seasons so far, with a sixth to come) is on Starz, while the previous seasons are on Netflix. [Watch on NetflixStarzHulu (with Starz add-on), Amazon Prime (with Starz add-on)]

Gossip Girl

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Bridgerton is full of sex, scandal, and escalation, but what keeps it all going is the voiceover of anonymous Lady Whistledown (Julie Andrews), stepping up the pearl taking by fueling town gossip. in the form of a bulletin which tracks all the lasciviousness and the comings and goings of high society. His ability to influence the actions of on-screen characters is reminiscent of The CW’s Nosy Parker Gossip Girl, a chatterbox who ran a blog that recounted the ins and outs of wealthy Manhattan high school socialites. Bridgerton was wise to imitate the Gossip Girl device, as he constantly puts pressure on his characters to impress, or fails dramatically in trying to do so, while providing a sip of mystery as to who the narrator is. Gossip Girl It’s also worth a look as it catapulted its young cast – Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick, and more – to stardom. [Watch on HBO Max]

Vanity Show

Oliva Cooke, Tom Bateman;  Vanity Show

Oliva Cooke and Tom Bateman, Vanity Show

Robert Viglasky

Jane Austen is not the only author whose influence is clearly visible in Bridgerton. William Makepeace Thackeray photographed British high society in his 1847 series Vanity Show, which was adapted by Amazon Prime Video into the delightful seven-episode series of the same name in 2018. Less on sex and more on efforts to advance among the elite, Vanity Show stars Olivia Cooke as Becky Sharp, an extremely cunning and charming young woman who shakes up every idea of ​​what a woman should be at the time as she makes her way to the top, and Cooke is an absolute treasure in the role. Of course, Becky’s plans get complicated when her heart gets in her way, thanks to leading man Tom Bateman. [Watch on Amazon Prime Video]

Dickinson

Dickinson

Dickinson

Apple

Yes Bridgerton was your first frenzy of a period piece that wasn’t stifled by the stiff rigidity of typical old-school drama, then that of Apple TV + Dickinson is like a direct wormhole between today’s Millennials and 19th century author Emily Dickinson. Emily, played by the wonderful young and up-and-coming Hailee Steinfeld, aspires to be a famous writer, while her mainstream parents (Toby Huss and Jane Krakowski) prefer her to settle down and be a housewife. The timeless history and the clothing and decor appropriate for the time are injected with modernity through the music of today (full of explosive pieces, not the covers of string quartet Bridgerton did) and dialogue (they pretty much didn’t say ‘thrilled’ at the time), adding a new coat of paint to a genre otherwise reserved for the old-timers. Also of extreme importance, Wiz Khalifa comes across as Emily’s obsession with death. [Watch on Apple TV+]

Mr. Jacques

Suranne Jones, Gentleman Jack

Suranne Jones, Mr. Jacques

Jay Brooks / HBO

Another period love drama set in 1800s England, HBO Mr. Jacques Thankfully shows an alternative to the heteronormative romance and sexuality that dominates most of the other shows on this list. In a moving performance, Suranne Jones portrays Anne Lister, a true historical figure who was a prominent landowner and industrialist. She also happens to be a lesbian and courts her fellow owner Ann Walker (Sophie Rundle) while recording the courtship display through a series of cryptic messages that only she can decode. The first season premiered in 2019 on HBO, with a second season coming soon. [Watch on HBO MaxHulu (with HBO Max add-on), Amazon Prime Video (with HBO add-on)]

Poldark

Poldark

Poldark

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If it’s radical romance with British accents you’re looking for, PBS’s Poldark, with its endless sunsets, waves crashing on numerous rocky shores, and horseback rides along countless beaches, is a perfect fit. If it’s a ridiculously good looking man with ripped abs walking shirtless out of the ocean that you want too, well, Poldark has that too. The series, now in five seasons, stars Aidan Quinn as Captain Ross Poldark, an Independence War veteran who, after allegedly perishing in battle, returns home to Cornwall to reunite with his girlfriend. engaged to her cousin (oops) and her dead father. The series, based on the novels by Winston Graham, moves forward at a breakneck pace as Poldark rebuilds his life and finds new love and more reasons to take his shirt off. [Watch on Amazon Prime Video]

Scandal

Scandal

ABC

Obviously Bridgerton isn’t Shonda Rhimes’ first hit on TV, but instead checking out Grey’s Anatomy, Private practice, Where How to get away with a murder, get caught up in some Scandal. Scandal was Shonda’s sexiest TV show, starring Kerry Washington as a fixer with her own crisis management firm whose affair with a governor (Tony Goldwyn) becomes even more heated and scandalous when he becomes President of the United States. There are all the shocks and twists and turns you’re looking for, but a little more killings and political machinations. [Watch on Hulu]

Bridgerton is now available on Netflix.

Edward K. Thompson