Mercy me! You have just watched season one of Netflix’s Bridgerton and are now ready for a more steamy romance between preppy guys and dressed up girls, preferably with charming accents that will turn your insides on. The new series by Shonda Rhimes has shown that historical pieces do not have to be stuffy melodrama for your grandmother, but rather can tell stories about sins and secrets among attractive aristocrats. So what should you see after beating up Bridgerton?
We’ve compiled a list of shows that incorporate many of the same elements that can be seen in Bridgerton, be it the sexuality of lusty dates, loads of scandals and gossip, or the surprisingly modern tone of historical drama reworked for today’s audiences.
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Where to see: Hulu
Hulus The Great is a great sequel to Bridgerton, especially if you like Bridgerton’s unexpected humor. Coming from screenwriter Tony McNamara, who previously proved that historical plays can be fun with his Oscar-nominated script for The Favorite, follows a young Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning) who was shipped to Russia, to marry Peter III (Nicholas Hoult) and eventually overthrow him and rule alone when their fantasies of a royal good time are shattered. It’s not as steamy as Bridgerton, but it’s a lot funnier, especially Hoult, who shines like the spoiled Doofus brother.
Where to see: Netflix, Starz
When corsets and puffy shirts (and the process of ripping them off in a fit of lust) get your juices flowing, it’s hard to beat the steamy romance of Starz’s Outlander. The adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s novels was devoured by rabid fans when it premiered in 2014. Everyone was dying to see Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), a Scottish Highlander in the 1740s, snatch World War II nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) in his arms and reenact cover photos of romance novels you see at the airport . A WWII nurse in the 1740s you say? Yes, Outlander threw a bit of time-traveling science fiction into the mix as well, as Claire and Jamie’s romance can’t be on the space-time continuum. The entire series (five seasons so far, including a sixth) is on Starz, while previous seasons are on Netflix.
Where to see: HBO max
Bridgerton is full of sex, scandals, and climbing the ladder, but what keeps it all going is the voice-over of the anonymous Lady Whistledown (Julie Andrews), who boots up the pearl clutch by feeding the city gossip in the form of a gossip newsletter that haunted all the lasciviousness and comings and goings of high society. Her ability to influence the onscreen characters’ actions is reminiscent of the curious Parker of The CW’s Gossip Girl, a little sucker who ran a blog telling the pros and cons of wealthy Manhattan high school celebrities. Bridgerton was wise to mimicking the Gossip Girl device, as it constantly puts pressure on its characters to impress or fail spectacularly, while also taking a sip of the mystery in determining who the narrator is. Gossip Girl is also worth a watch as it catapulted its young cast – Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick, and others – to fame.
Where to see: Amazon Prime Video
Jane Austen isn’t the only writer whose influence can be clearly seen in Bridgerton. William Makepeace Thackeray made recordings of British high society in his series Vanity Fair, published in 1847, which was adapted by Amazon Prime Video in the series of the same name with seven episodes from 2018. Vanity Fair plays Olivia Cooke as Becky Sharp, an utterly crafty and charming young woman who turns any idea of what a lady should be by the time she sets off to the top, and Cooke is an absolute one Treasure in the role. Of course, thanks to leading man Tom Bateman, Becky’s plans get complicated when her heart gets in the way.
Where to see: Apple TV +
If Bridgerton was your first binge of a historical play that wasn’t imbued with the rigid blockage of typical old-time drama, Apple TV +’s Dickinson is like a direct wormhole between today’s millennials and 19th-century writer Emily Dickinson . Emily, played by the wonderful up-and-coming Hailee Steinfeld, aspires to become a famous writer, while her traditional parents (Toby Huss and Jane Krakowski) prefer to settle down and become homemakers. The timeless story and contemporary clothes and sets are brought to the fore by today’s music (full of breathtaking tracks, not the covers of the undercover string quartet that Bridgerton made) and dialogue (pretty sure they didn’t say “thrilled” back then) Modernity) by adding a fresh coat of paint to a genre otherwise reserved for the ancients. Wiz Khalifa is also of the utmost importance and appears as Emily’s obsession, death.
Where to see: Hulu
HBO’s Gentleman Jack, another drama about love in 19th century England, graciously reveals an alternative to the heteronormative romance and sexuality that dominates many of the other shows on this list. In a rousing performance, Suranne Jones portrays Anne Lister, a true historical figure who was a prominent landowner and industrialist. She’s also been a lesbian, courting landowner Ann Walker (Sophie Rundle) as she records the commercials through a series of cryptic messages that only she can decipher. The first season premiered on HBO in 2019, with a second season coming soon.
Where to see: Amazon Prime Video
If the romance with British accents you’re looking for is PBS’s Poldark, with its endless sunsets, waves crashing on many rocky shores, and horseback riding on myriad beaches. If it’s a ridiculously handsome man with torn abs, shirtless walking out of the ocean that you want, too, then Poldark has it too. Now playing five seasons later, the series stars Aidan Quinn as Captain Ross Poldark, a Revolutionary War veteran who, after being believed to have died in combat, returns to Cornwall to find his girlfriend, who with his cousin (oops) and his engaged father is dead. The series, based on Winston Graham’s novels, moves at a breakneck pace as Poldark rebuilds his life and finds new love and more reasons to take off his shirt.
Where to see: Hulu
Obviously Bridgerton isn’t Shonda Rhimes’ first take on TV, but instead of delving into Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, or How to Get Away With Murder, get yourself embroiled in a scandal. Scandal was Shonda’s sexiest show with Kerry Washington as a fixer at her own crisis management firm, whose affair with a governor (Tony Goldwyn) will get even more heated and scandalous when he becomes President of the United States. It’s got all the shocks and twists you’re looking for, but a little more murder and political machinations.
Bridgerton is now available on Netflix.