If you’ve already finished Netflix’s The Crown season 4, we don’t blame you. Season four of Netflix’s regal historical drama is drama-focused and features the best episode yet.
This season includes events in the reign of Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman) from 1979 to about 1990. If you know your story, The Crown is now approaching the years of Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) on Downing Street. and explore the long-awaited beginning and beginning-to-end of the relationship between Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) and Princess Diana (Emma Corrin). It’s juicy stuff.
But if you’re all through The Crown and looking for something to fill that crown-shaped hole in your heart by the time Season 5 hits, here are nine shows – from more historical dramas to documentaries to baking competitions – that might do the trick .
Gillian Anderson of the Crown says Margaret Thatcher’s relationship with the Queen is “tied to a break”.
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Where to see: Amazon Prime, peacock
Do you want great costumes? Beautiful production design? Wealthy Englishmen who are stubborn? Do i have a show for you It’s called The Crown. But also Downton Abbey. Julian Fellowes’ sprawling ensemble drama about the aristocratic Crawley family and the people who work in their mansion takes place before the events of The Crown (the series begins with the sinking of the Titanic in 1912), and although Downton moves much further leans in Due to its delicious soapy as The Crown, the two shows feel very closely related. So when you’ve finished The Crown and don’t see the other half live, or when you don’t hear people talk about family responsibilities, or when you want to visit another group of sisters who sometimes make life difficult for each other, themselves but ultimately love all of that and more in the six seasons (and one movie!) of The Shenanigans on the upper and lower floors of Downton Abbey.
Where to see: Netflix, Showtime
If you thought the Windsors were in trouble, wait until you meet the Tudors. This 2007 Showtime series chronicles the reign of King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) of the Tudor dynasty when he sat on the throne of England from 1509 to 1547. This sexual version of the story gives us a monarch who rules things, um, a bit different from Elizabeth II. The Tudors’ Henry is volatile, power hungry, and horny as hell. The series manages to get through all of Henry’s six women in just four seasons – the plot by Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer) is unsurprisingly the most compelling – and takes a look at Henry Cavill in front of Superman. This tip is just a small gift from me to you this holiday season. You deserve it!
Where to see: Amazon Prime, PBS
In 2015, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning British monarch in history when she topped the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, who happened to be the last queen to reign before Elizabeth. There are many parallels in women’s lives. Like The Crown, PBS Masterpiece’s deep immersion into a queen’s reign begins with the young, barely prepared Princess Victoria (Jenna Coleman) coming to power surrounded by a slew of people who doubt she can handle the job . Victoria, who completed her third season in 2019, chronicles the Queen’s life as she grows into a formidable monarch, while also dealing with her husband, Prince Albert (Tom Hughes), an outsider who struggles with his Role within the monarchy to find mother. Again parallels.
Where to see: Hulu
If you like stories of female monarchs holding it down, but need a break from sometimes antiquated English traditions (put with love, folks!), Try Hulus The Great. The series about the rise of Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning), Empress of Russia when she plans to overthrow her husband Peter III (Nicholas Hoult), debuted its first season earlier this year and has already been renewed for a second. Be warned: the tone of the great is almost the exact opposite of the crown. It’s weird, fun, and debauchery. While it’s extremely loose in terms of historical accuracy, it’s clever satire, and Fanning is great as a series guide.
Where to see: Netflix
Who of us doesn’t need Olivia Colman in our life anymore? As Queen Elizabeth II, she has a difficult line between duty and, you know, an actual person with actual human emotions. It’s never better than when this fight bubbles near the surface (such as when you visit all four of your children and discover they are absolute train wrecks). Try the British crime series Broadchurch to find another Colman character with a job to do that emotions could get in the way. Colman plays Ellie Miller, a detective in a small English seaside town forced to work with outsider DI Alec Hardy (David Tennant) on a case in which a local boy was murdered. You’re going to come because of the great chemistry between Colman and Tennant, but be sure to stick with Colman’s performance if your world is turned upside down.
Where to see: Amazon Prime
If, after season four of The Crown, you’re looking for yet another show set in the 1980s that offers both storylines with consequences on a global scale and intimate glimpses into complicated parent-child relationships and a complex marriage between an Elizabeth and Phillip , check out The Americans. The FX Cold War-era spy drama ran for six seasons from 2013 to 2018 and tells the story of Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Phillip (Matthew Rhys) Jennings, Russian spies who lead double lives as the perfect American family outside of Washington DC is certainly more action-oriented than The Crown, but both shows are equally gripping and complex.
Where to see: Hulu, OWN
Despite her title, OWN’s Queen Sugar has nothing to do with the monarchy. However, it all has to do with difficult sibling relationships as a daughter takes over the family business after her father dies. Sound familiar? Queen Sugar was created by Ava DuVernay and is based on the novel by Natalie Baszile. It tells the story of the Bordelon family and their sugar cane farm in rural Louisiana. After the family patriarch suddenly dies, estranged middle sibling Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) abandons a privileged life in Los Angeles and moves home to try to keep the farm afloat while trying to heal wounds and at the same time To establish relationships with her half siblings Nova (Rutina Wesley) and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe). As with The Crown, family trauma old and new sometimes makes it difficult to keep the Bordelon family intact. Just like The Crown, Queen Sugar’s cinematography alone might be worth the watch.
The Great British Baking Show
Where to see: Netflix
Are you a voracious Anglophile who hasn’t seen the Great British Baking Show (or The Great British Bake Off as they are called in the UK)? What are you doing? Quit The Crown and go straight into this longstanding British baking competition series. It will soothe your tired soul. The show has home bakers in a tent in the middle of an English garden and it’s growing in popularity because of its addicting courtesy. All competitors are friendly to each other and really seem to want to help each other to do their best. So if you’re looking for a different look at British culture that is a little bit dramatic, spend some time in the baking tent.
The Royal House of Windsor
Where to see: Netflix
If you’ve watched The Crown with your computer by your side checking the accuracy of the events depicted, then check out this six episode documentary series currently available on Netflix. The Royal House of Windsor was released in 2017 to mark the 100th anniversary of the House of Windsor. King George V (the grandfather of Elizabeth II) changed the name of the family dynasty of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in an anti-German way in the Windsor mood at that time. The documentaries begin there, detailing the history of the Windsors, including the abdication of King Edward VIII, Elizabeth’s relationship with her father, King George VI, Elizabeth and Philip’s marriage, and yes, the Diana years.
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