Bridgerton hit Netflix in late 2020, but if you were as obsessed as the rest of the internet, you probably whipped through its tight eight-episode first season within a week. Ditto for Season 2, the steamy enemies-to-lovers romance that dropped in March. Luckily, there are many other TV shows and films like Bridgerton to dive into afterward.
Julia Quinn’s book series of the same name, Bridgerton is a Regency romance that follows the relationship ups and downs of the eponymous family’s eight children and their respective suitors. Seasons 1 and 2 followed Daphne and Anthony, respectively — but if you’re doing the math at home, that means there could potentially be six more seasons to come (with at least 3 and 4 confirmed so far). And why wouldn’t they? Bridgerton became Netflix’s highest-viewed series of all time after a whopping 82 million households viewed it in January 2021 alone. later claimed that title, but still — it’s safe to say that the Squid Game Bridgerton obsession is alive and well. There’s even a Queen Charlotte spinoff prequel on the way.
Of course, a show this beautifully crafted takes
time — and we still don’t know when Bridgerton Season 3 will even premiere. Fortunately, there are plenty of swoony, romantic period pieces worth streaming while you wait. Sure, no title can completely emulate the show’s unique blend of gorgeous settings, intricate costumes, classically twisted modern soundtrack, steamy sex scenes, or that diverse (and wildly attractive) cast — but these TV shows and movies like Bridgerton may very well fill the void anyway. 4 The Favourite
Featuring Rachel Weisz,
Emma Stone, and an Oscar-winning performance from Olivia Colman, this 2018 period black comedy is a heightened exploration of the relationship between Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough (Weisz) and Abigail Masham (Stone) as they compete for the coveted role of Queen Anne’s (Colman) Court favourite. Set in 18th-century England, packs laughs, extreme drama, and a queer love affair that will have you gasping at every turn. The Favourite Rent it on Amazon Prime Video. 5 Dickinson
This comedic, feminist, and over-the-top retool of
Emily Dickinson’s life is perfect if you’re looking for a series that’s a bit more ridiculous than . In Bridgerton , which ran for three seasons from 2019 to 2021, Dickinson Hailee Steinfeld portrays a party-loving, opium-smoking, and much more outgoing version of the poet. To make the Peabody Award-winning Apple TV+ show even more intriguing, it features a modern soundtrack of Drake, Billie Eilish, and A$AP Rocky hits and co-stars Wiz Khalifa as the blunt-smoking physical embodiment of death. Stream it on Apple TV+. 6 Belle
Directed by Amma Asante, this fictional 2013 film is inspired by both a true story and a 1779 painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle and her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray at Kenwood House. The period drama centers on Belle, the little-known illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of naval officer Sir John Lindsay and a deceased enslaved woman. After she’s found living in poverty, Belle is sent to live with her great-uncle William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, as a high-society woman — against the wishes of many racist royals around her.
Rent it on Amazon Prime Video. 7 The Crown
If you enjoyed
Bridgerton’s exploration of high society, you’ll love , a The Crown period drama from Netflix that takes place a century later and blurs the lines of fact and fiction. Split into multiple time periods, the 63-time Emmy-nominated series features a changing ensemble cast including Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham-Carter, and Emerald Fennell. Starting at the beginning of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, The Crown tackles royal drama, political scandals, and more — and you may even recognize some of the same filming locations from Bridgerton. Stream it on Netflix. 9 Marie Antoinette
modern music from Aphex Twin, The Strokes, and Bow Wow Wow woven throughout and an Oscar for Best Costume Design under its belt, Sofia Coppola’s 2006 film will fill the Marie Antoinette Bridgerton-shaped hole in your life. Kirsten Dunst delivers a memorable performance as the alluring, naïve new queen of France who becomes embroiled in scandal after scandal leading up to the French Revolution. Stream it on Hulu. 10 Gentleman Jack
In the BBC One and HBO drama
Gentleman Jack, created by Sally Wainwright, Suranne Jones plays Anne Lister, an out lesbian and landowner in Yorkshire, which was quite the unconventional lifestyle for a woman in 1832. Based on Lister’s real-life diaries primarily written in code, the series is an intelligent and witty period piece that explores a lifetime of lesser-known love stories. It’s the perfect time to begin watching the series as Season 2 arrived on April 10 after enduring lockdown-related delays. Stream it on HBO Max. 11 The Tudors
The Showtime classic focuses on the Tudor dynasty as a whole, but mainly a young, horny King Henry VIII (played by
Jonathan Rhys Meyers), his six wives, and many romantic trysts in 16th-century England. Also starring and Downton Abbey Outlander actor Maria Doyle Kennedy, this Emmy-winning series is chock full of scandalous storylines over its four seasons, providing all the lustful drama you’re looking for in a heightened period piece. Stream it on Showtime. 12 Pride & Prejudice
It’s no secret that
Jonathan Bailey was inspired, in part, by Pride and Prejudice’s Mr. Darcy in his depiction of Anthony Bridgerton. The brooding vibes! The tension-filled dancing! The enemies-to-lovers of it all! There are several beloved adaptations of the classic Jane Austen novel out there — but the 2005 film features a moment extremely reminiscent of Kate and Anthony’s hallway hand graze in Bridgerton Season 2 (you know the scene!), if you were into that. Stream it on HBO Max. 13 Wuthering Heights Bailey told he was also inspired, in part, by Heathcliff of Radio Times Wuthering Heights... and it shows. Both characters have a knack for delivering wild, angry love confessions, for starters — and as Bailey put it, “it’s interesting to ... explore why romantic male figures are so harsh and toxic towards women.” Granted, the 1939 adaptation of Emily Brontë’s novel does not end quite as happily as Bridgerton Season 2, but it’s still worth a watch. Rent it on Amazon Prime Video. 14 Little Women
Greta Gerwig's refreshing take on Louisa May Alcott's classic story of the four March sisters was so captivating that it garnered six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. The emotional and empowering film features roughly 75 period costumes, the stunning backdrop of Harvard, Massachusetts, and a stacked ensemble cast of Saorise Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep, and Laura Dern. Need we say more? Buy it on Amazon Prime Video . 17 Victoria
This British series follows Queen Victoria (played by
Jenna Coleman), who ruled Great Britain for 63 years from 1837 to 1901. In contrast to Bridgerton, Victoria is a much more straightforward retelling of events — a perfect fit if you’re looking for historical accuracy rather than sensationalized drama. Thanks to critical acclaim for its actors’ performances and romantic storylines, the series received two Emmy nominations over its three seasons. Stream it on Amazon Prime Video. 18 The Gilded Age The Gilded Age Alison Cohen Rosa/HBO Max 19 Austenland
Unlike most other titles on this list,
is not a period piece — but it’s deliciously meta. Jane (Keri Russell) is a woman so desperately obsessed with the romance and chivalry of Jane Austen’s romance novels (same!) that she shells out her life savings to attend an immersive, theme park-like experience inspired by the books. It’s hilarious and sweet and, yes, way too relatable if you’re a massive fan of Austenland Bridgerton and other period romances. Stream it on Hulu. Love this list? to save these recs to your own watchlist and follow Create a Likewise account Bustle for more. You'll always know exactly what to watch next.
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This article was originally published on
Jan. 5, 2021