“The social season is upon us” in Netflix’s new breakout hit Bridgerton and if you’re as obsessed as the other 63 million viewers, you probably zoomed through season one with haste!
From the colorful costumes to the incredible locations, the Shondaland production served up a bingable plot, and we just can’t get enough. The gossipy Lady Whistledown voiced by Julie Andrews, was just the cherry on top of this modern regency fantasy!
If you’re like others who are wondering what to watch after Bridgerton, you’re in luck! There are a few other enticing period dramas that will tie you over until the inevitable Season 2!
Here are some of the best period shows with incredible casts, costumes, and locations to take you back in time. While they all certainly take their historical liberties with facts, each one is highly entertaining. And the best part? You can stream them all right now!
1. Downton Abbey
I have to admit I originally missed the Downton Abbey train when the show premiered in 2010, but was so glad to uncover 6 incredible seasons with the Crawley Family waiting!
Set in the early 1900’s, Downton Abbey covers the turn of the century lifestyle shift in upper crust England. This gem is packed with classic Maggie Smith sass, and there’s even a film that came out in 2019.
2. The Great
This satirical take on the reign of Catherine The Great shows an idealistic young girl (Elle Fanning), on her path to become the longest reigning female ruler in Russia’s history!
After entering an arranged marriage to the loose cannon Emperor Peter, this “occasionally true story” is full of hilarious and sexy scenes, alluring 1700’s costumes, and was filmed at some of the prettiest castles in the world.
3. The Crown
Now in the 4th seasons, Netflix’s hit The Crown spans nearly 100 years of Modern Royal History under the fascinating reign of Queen Elizabeth the second.
The show definitely reignited the public’s fascination with Princesses Margaret, Anne and Diana and showcases some unforgettable fashion moments. While the script takes a creative approach with real world events, Olivia Coleman is the perfect queen.
From the creator of Downton Abbey, Belgravia is packed with more scandal, ball rooms, and salacious gossip than you’d expect from the finest households in the mid 19th century.
The melodrama centers around a secret pregnancy discovered 25 years later, and like Downton, showcases the interesting lives of people in all tiers of English society.
5. The Last Czars
I’ve always been fascinated by the story of the Romanov Dynasty and this Docudrama pieces together what life was like before and after it’s downfall.
The Last Czar is different from these other shows with interviews from experts interspersed with historical reenactments. It’s a interesting peak into a bygone era, and has all the drama you’d expect from a period of scandal and social upheaval!
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