Unless you’ve been napping solidly for over a year, chances are that you’ve heard about Netflix’s hit tv series Bridgerton.
The spicy project from literal genius Shonda Rhimes is set in the Regency era in England and follows the Bridgerton family as they navigate the scandals of London high society.
The show is a fun reimagining of a series of books, infusing modern themes and threading them into the period drama series (there’s even a 19th Century take on Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ in season 1). Bridgerton also heroes inclusive casting so we see a diverse mix of actors taking roles that were traditionally written as white characters.
Anyway. If you’ve already binge-watched every episode of seasons 1 and 2 of Bridgerton, you may be looking for a juicy watch to fill your evenings. (Season 3 is confirmed but a while off yet.)
We’ve put together a list of options for you to start with:
TV shows (and one movie) to watch if you’re done with Bridgerton
Probably the horniest period drama there is, Outlander is a well-loved series for good reason. There is some serious chemistry between lead characters Claire and Jamie and the heat of this series doesn’t often disappoint (except for when the show initially tries to make a storyline with their daughter Brianna Randall work – it doesn’t).
Keep the royal drama going with The Crown. You’ve also got a solid four seasons to take up your time if you’re after a new obsession. Even those who are not fans of the Royals generally may find they’re entertained by the high-scale drama of the show (which is rooted mostly in history).
Season 5 is also on the way in 2022, so get excited.
This is a film, yes. But it is a period piece that follows the story of Enola, Sherlock Holmes’ sister and it stars Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill and Sam Claflin. Enough said. It is worth including on the list.
This series sits in 18th-century Russia where we follow the story of Catherine the Nothing as she becomes Catherine the Great. The Great is one of the most ludicrous, extravagant series to hit tellies and the push and pull between leads Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult makes for an enthralling watch.
This is not a period drama, but it’s set in post-World War II Hollywood and follows the stories of aspiring artists attempting to push political boundaries in a bigot-filled town. Hollywood is laced with storylines that are based on a mixture of truth and some speculative writing, which makes for an interesting blend.
I mean, this has to be the period piece to end all period pieces, right? Downton Abbey follows an aristocratic family, the Crawleys, as they navigate the risk of losing their money and status.
Plus, it features Maggie Smith – who is a treasure.
This series follows Emily Dickinson who is on a mission to become the world’s greatest poet. It stars Hailee Steinfeld (Hawkeye) and it may just be one of the most underrated shows you can stream right now.
Once you start with one Shonda series, you can’t stop there. Go back to an old classic with Scandal and watch Kerry Washington power her way through, er, Washington D.C as the area’s top ‘fixer’. Oh, there’s also a sexy affair with the president that you’ll want to know about.
Alternatively, if none of these tv shows does it for you, you can always just watch Bridgerton back from the beginning a few more times and swoon over Regé‑Jean Page once again. No judgement here, folks.
This article has been updated since its original publish date.