Dear readers, it might take some time before we can binge-watch Bridgerton Season 3.
The third season deviates from the chronological order of Julia Quinn’s novel series by leaping ahead to Penelope (Nicola Coughlan) and Colin’s (Luke Newton) love story after Season 2 focused on Kate (Simone Ashley) and Anthony (Jonathan Bailey).
You might be looking for programmes like Bridgerton to watch to pass the time, though, until Lady Whistledown comes back to offer us the most recent rumours directly.
With its frothy, passionate romance, high-society D-R-A-M-A, and instrumental renditions of Billie Eilish songs, Bridgerton captivated us.
We’ve put up a list of programmes that have many of the traits of the popular Netflix Regency-era series, including passionate hookups, a tonne of controversy and rumours, and shockingly contemporary historical dramas updated for current audiences.
Make Harlots your next watch if you’re a big fan of the Bridgerton era but are seeking something a little grittyder.
The main character in the series is Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton), a brothel owner and mother of two girls who moves her operation to an upscale part of London in an effort to draw in more affluent customers.
This puts her in direct conflict with Lydia Quigley, a rival madam who manages an exclusive brothel that caters largely to the wealthy (Lesley Manville).
Harlots is fascinating for the way it normalises sex labour, but there is also plenty of scandal, rivalry, and romance.
2. The Pursuit of Love
It appears that individuals in England still were horny 100 years after the events of Bridgerton.
Lily James and Emily Beecham play cousins and BFFs who grow of age between the World Wars and swoon over males together in Emily Mortimer’s three-episode miniseries The Pursuit of Love on Amazon Prime Video, despite having vastly different personalities.
The Pursuit of Love, like many period pieces recently, especially Bridgerton, is infused with modern ideas and zippy energy (Andrew Scott’s character is introduced as if he were the next David Bowie), as well as an antiquated soundtrack that includes New Order, T. Rex, and other artists.
The Pursuit of Love settles for infatuation and prioritises friendship over romance, so the lust of Bridgerton isn’t quite as strong in this film, but the feelings are still there.
Emily Dickinson may be the author of some of history’s finest poems, but it turns out that when she was an adolescent, at least in this series, she was one tough hottie.
In this AppleTV original, we follow Emily Dickinson as a teenager who rebels against her parents, experiences forbidden love, and causes problems.
Hailee Steinfeld portrays Emily Dickinson well. We like Dickinson’s feminist, mouthy character in this adaptation.
Similar to Bridgerton, the series only grows better with time because to the sweeping musical score that include songs by Mitski and Billie Eilish.
4. The Crown
This television series, which is based on the critically acclaimed play The Audience, explores the inner workings of two of the most illustrious addresses in the world, Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street, as well as the intrigues, love triangles, and plots that went into the major events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.
From the 1940s to the present, it follows the life of Queen Elizabeth II (originally portrayed by Claire Foy), giving an inside look at her romantic relationships, political conflicts, and personal intrigues.
Outlander is the book for you if romance is your thing. The drama of two time-crossed lovers is the main subject of this epic narrative that is based on Diana Gabaldon’s well-known series of fantasy-romance novels.
A 20th-century military nurse named Claire is transported to a mystery realm in the year 1743, where her freedom and life are in danger.
She marries Jamie Fraser, a charming spark of testosterone with a troubled history, in order to survive.
The sole issue? She is also torn between the love of her life from the 20th century and the present.
6. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
No matter how much you love the 2005 Keira Knightley remake of Pride and Prejudice, you won’t be able to stop watching all 100 episodes of this very charming adaptation of the classic story.
The story is told through a series of brief vlogs from the eccentric and independent Lizzie Bennet, and despite being set firmly in the present, it manages to stay remarkably true to the original text, complete with cameos from entertainment mogul William Darcy and medical student Bing Lee, a.k.a. Austen’s Mr. Bingley.
7. Gentleman Jack
Gentleman Jack, which is based on Anne Lister’s actual diaries, presents a woman whose mid-1800s existence was truly unique:
Lister, an out gay landowner who also happens to be a lesbian, wrote millions of words in her journals about her life, many of which were written in a code derived from algebra and ancient Greek.
After you finish binge-watching the show, be sure to set aside plenty of time to disappear into a Wikipedia rabbit hole regarding Lister and her diaries.
It’s high time Emily Dickinson’s reputation as a depressed recluse was corrected.
She was actually a bit of a party animal, with a predilection for getting high on opium and twerking in her corset to Drake and having regular interactions with Death himself, who looks remarkably like Wiz Khalifa, according to this unquestionably very realistic recreation of the renowned poet’s life.
Very historically accurate, as I stated, and strikingly reminiscent of Bridgerton in terms of its ultra-modern soundscape and feminist perspective on the 19th century.
9. Lost in Austen
This four-part series, which has a 21st-century Austen enthusiast switching places with Elizabeth Bennet via a mysterious portal, will have anyone who has ever hoped they could live in the world of Pride and Prejudice seething with jealously as they watch someone else live out their dream.
Elizabeth is busy having her perspective utterly affected by the modern world as Amanda does everything she can to keep things going according to Austen’s book, with her predetermined marriage to Mr. Darcy hanging in the balance.
10. The Gilded Age
In this new series set in Gilded Age New York, Julian Fellowes, the creator of Downton Abbey, brought his upstairs-downstairs intrigue and fascinating female characters over the water.
Christine Baranski’s old money curmudgeon, Carrie Coon’s new money wife of a roller coaster tycoon, Louisa Jacobson as a newcomer who doesn’t subscribe to snobbish norms, and Denée Benton representing the elite of Black post-Reconstruction
New York are among the cast members of old money and new money socialites vying for power. Same social scandals and class satire, but with new characters.
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This was confirmed by Netflix in a brand-new official synopsis: Penelope Featherington has finally given up on her long-held romance on Colin Bridgerton after hearing his nasty remarks about her last season, according to the third season of Bridgerton from Shondaland and new showrunner Jess Brownell.
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