Shows Like Bridgerton
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You just completed the first season of Netflix’s Bridgerton and now you’re in mood for more steamy passion between neat dudes and gowned girls, with charming accents that will provoke your thoughts. Shonda Rhimes’ new series confirmed that old school shows don’t have to be melodrama, but can be tales of sins and secrets among attractive peers. So what should you watch after bingeing Bridgerton?

Well, we heard you and with all the love we have for you, we curated this list of 8 Shows You Should Watch If You Just Loved Bridgerton. Lets dive in!

The Great

Where to watch: Hulu
Rating: 8.1/10 on IMDb

The series is from screenwriter Tony McNamara, who previously proved that old school is fun with his Oscar-nominated script for the film The Favourite and follows a young Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning) as she’s shipped to Russia to marry Peter III (Nicholas Hoult) and ultimately defeat him and rule on her own when her fancies of a royally good time are crushed. It’s not as hot and steamy as Bridgerton, but it is a whole lot funnier.

Outlander

Where to watch: Netflix, Starz
Rating: 8.4/10 on IMDb

If corsets and puffy shirts get you all pumped up, then it’s hard to top the steamy romance of Starz’s Outlander. The adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s novels was gobbled up by rabid fans when it premiered in 2014, all eager to see pure-chunk-of-hunk Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), a Scottish Highlander in the 1740s, grab World War II nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) in his arms and re-enact cover photos of romance novels that you see in the airport. Well, watch the rest yourself!!

Vanity Fair

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video
Rating: 6.2/10

William Makepeace Thackeray took shots at British high society in his 1847 following Vanity Fair, which was adapted by Amazon Prime Video in 2018’s delightful seven-episode series of the same name. Less about the courtship and more about the efforts of advancing among the premium, Vanity Fair stars Olivia Cooke as Becky Sharp, an extremely cunning and charming young woman who upends every idea of what a lady should be at the time as she elbows her way to the top, and Cooke is an absolute treasure in the role. Of course, Becky’s plans get complicated when her heart gets in the way, thanks to leading man Tom Bateman.

Dickinson

Where to watch: Apple TV+
Rating: 7.3/10 on IMDb

Emily, played by the wonderful up-and-comer Hailee Steinfeld, has aspirations to become a famous writer, while her traditional parents (Toby Huss and Jane Krakowski) prefer she settle down and be a housewife. The timeless story and era-appropriate clothing and sets are injected with modernity through present-day music and dialogue, adding a fresh coat of color to a style otherwise reserved for the olds.

Gentleman Jack

Where to watch: Hulu
Rating: 8.2/10

Another period drama about love in 1800s England, HBO’s Gentleman Jack thankfully shows an alternative to the heteronormative romance and sexuality that dominates many of the other shows on this list. In a stirring performance, Suranne Jones portrays Anne Lister, a real historical figure who was a prominent landowner and industrialist. The first season premiered in 2019 on HBO, with a second season coming soon.

Poldark

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video
Rating:5.5/10

The series, now five seasons in, stars Aidan Quinn as Captain Ross Poldark, a Revolutionary War veteran who, after he was believed to have perished in the fight, returns home to Cornwall to find his girlfriend engaged to his cousin (oops) and his father died. The series, based on Winston Graham’s novels, moves at a blistering pace as Poldark rebuilds his life and finds new love and more reasons to take his shirt off.

Scandal

Where to watch: Hulu
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Obviously Bridgerton isn’t Shonda Rhimes’ first shot on the television, but instead of checking into Grey’s AnatomyPrivate Practice, or How to Get Away With Murder, get embroiled in some Scandal. The scandal was Shonda’s sexiest broadcast show, starring Kerry Washington as a fixer with her own crisis-management firm whose affair with a governor (Tony Goldwyn) gets 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 bit more murder and political machinations.

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