18 Shows Like ‘Bridgerton’ to Watch Now That You’ve Finished Season Two

From 'The Buccaneers' to 'The Crown'

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If you've been mulling over Bridgerton season three theories or binge-watching old episodes of the show, trust us, you're not the only one.

After the finale, we've been craving more juicy scandals and piping-hot gossip from Lady Whistledown. And of course, we're already itching to see how Colin and Penelope's love story will play out. But since Netflix has yet to confirm the release date, we're going to need more shows like Bridgerton to occupy our time.

From teen dramas to scandalous period pieces, keep reading for 18 shows to fill the void until Lady Whistledown returns with the latest scoop.

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1. The Buccaneers

  • Cast: Kristine Froseth, Alisha Boe, Christina Hendricks
  • Number of seasons: 1 (premiering on November 8)

The plot is reminiscent of Bridgerton, following a group of American women who travel to London for the 1870 debutant season. Their goal? To secure posh English husbands who will inevitably increase their social status. The question is: Will British society accept them?

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2. Gossip Girl

  • Cast: Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick
  • Number of seasons: 6

This early 2000s CW drama gives viewers a look “into the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite.” Gossip Girl is Bridgeton, if Bridgerton were set in New York City and featured narration from a writer voiced by Kristen Bell rather than Julie Andrews.


3. Scandal

  • Cast: Kerry Washington, Guillermo Diaz, Darby Stanchfield
  • Number of seasons: 7

Like Bridgerton, Scandal was also created by drama series mastermind, Shonda Rhimes, so we had to include it in this list. The series follows Olivia Pope, a crisis-management expert who eradicates problems (or scandals) that occur among government officials. And with the help of her team (aka the Gladiators), Pope handles each situation with ease and proves that no mess is too dirty.

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4. The Crown

  • Cast: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, Eileen Atkins
  • Number of seasons: 5

Like Bridgerton, this Netflix drama tells stories of high society. However, The Crown takes place almost a century later and follows the political rivalries and romances of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. Pretty much all of our favorite royals make an appearance, including Princess Di.


5. Harlots

  • Cast: Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville, Jessica Brown Findlay
  • Number of seasons: 3

A shocking crop of familiar faces, including Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones’s Theon Greyjoy), Liv Tyler (Lord of the Rings) and Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil on Downton Abbey), isn’t even the best part about this juicy tale of competing brothels in 18th-century London. Oh, and did we mention it was created by a team of women?

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6. The Tudors

  • Cast: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Sam Neill, Callum Blue
  • Number of seasons: 4

Chock full of scandalous storylines over its four seasons, this series provides all the lustful drama you loved about Bridgerton. The Tudors will take you through a handful of King Henry VIII’s scandalous marriages (six in total).

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7. Derry Girls

  • Cast: Adjoa Andoh, Lorraine Ashbourne, Jonathan Bailey, Ruby Barker, Sabrina Bartlet
  • Number of seasons: 3

Bridgerton star, Nicola Coughlan, also stars in this comedy set in Northern Ireland in the '90s. The ladies of Derry Girls are a group of teenagers who are navigating their way through Catholic high school. Messy and loud and absolutely hilarious, Erin, Orla, Clare and Michelle are among the most lovable main characters we've seen in a while.

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8. Beecham House

  • Cast: Tom Bateman, Lesley Nicol, Lara Dutta, Leo Suter
  • Number of seasons: 1

The series follows John Beecham, a former soldier of the East India Company, who arrives in Delhi in 1800 determined to make a new life for himself. Carrying with him a secret, he hopes it will never be revealed.

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9. Dickinson

  • Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Toby Huss, Adrian Blake Enscoe, Anna Baryshnikov
  • Number of seasons: 3

Dickinson details the early years of poet Emily Dickinson (Hailee Steinfeld) from a comedic perspective, shining a new light on America’s most famous introvert. The comedic series may be a bit more exaggerated and over the top than Bridgerton but it’s just as entertaining.


10. Victoria

  • Cast: Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, Peter Bowles, Catherine Flemming
  • Number of seasons: 3

The series tells the story of Queen Elizabeth’s great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, who took the throne of England at the age of 18. The early years of her glorious 63-year reign unfold alongside exquisite costume and set decoration as we watch her fruitful yet ill-fated romance with the young Prince Albert. This one’s good if you’re looking for more of a straightforward description of events.


11. Reign

  • Cast: Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows, Torrance Coombs, Toby Regbo
  • Number of seasons: 4

Reign’s portrayal of teenage queen, Mary, Queen of Scots, brings sex, drama and politics into one wildly dramatic series (hence why we love it). The teenage queen is sent to France in order to marry Prince Francis and secure Scotland’s strategic alliance, but opulent sh*t hits the jewel-encrusted fan when the show’s writers skew toward the absurd with witches, forgotten plotlines and some ghost husbands.

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12. Tiny Pretty Things

  • Cast: Brennan Clost, Barton Cowperthwaite, Bayardo De Murguia, Damon J. Gillespie
  • Number of seasons: 1

Based on the namesake book by Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra, TPT tells the story of three dancers who are enrolled at an elite ballet school. The problem? They all want to be prima ballerina. The similarities to Bridgerton? The drama and sex.

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13. The Borgias

  • Cast: Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Joanne Whalley
  • Number of seasons: 3

Irons is a force to be reckoned with as the newly crowned pope in this brilliant period drama. The Borgias, which is set in Renaissance-era Italy, revolves around Rodrigo Borgia and his family as they rise to power and become corrupt in the process. Expect plenty of scenic sights and stunning period costumes.

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14. Versailles

  • Cast: George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Tygh Runyan
  • Number of seasons: 3

If you love Bridgerton for its juicy scandals and steamy intimate scenes, then you’ll love Versailles. The historical drama follows Louis XIV, the ambitious king of France, as he attempts to renovate the Palace of Versailles, turning it into the most massive palace in the world. But of course, it’s no easy task.

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15. The White Queen

  • Cast: Rebecca Ferguson, James Frain, Amanda Hale
  • Number of seasons: 1

Based on Philippa Gregory’s book of the same name, The White Queen follows three women—Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville—who will stop at nothing to gain power and take the throne in 15th-century England.


16. Belgravia

  • Cast: Philip Glenister, Tamsin Greig, Richard Goulding, Paul Ritter
  • Number of seasons: 1

Consider it a cross between Bridgerton and Downton Abbey, complete with juicy scandals. The series follows the Trenchard family as they navigate high society during the 1840s.

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17. Cable Girls

  • Cast: Ana Fernández, Nadia de Santiago, Blanca Suárez, Maggie Civantos
  • Number of seasons: 5

Obsessed with the elaborate period costumes in Bridgerton? Allow us to introduce another compelling series that features some of the most memorable fashion moments from the 1920s. This inspiring series follows a group of women who work together at a telephone company in Spain—and there's no shortage of drama.

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18. The Spanish Princess

  • Cast: Sai Bennett, Alicia Borrachero, Andrew Buchan, Laura Carmichael
  • Number of seasons: 2

What do you get when you mix a teenage princess, 16th-century love letters and plenty of royal scandal? The story of Catherine of Aragon, the daughter of Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain, who goes to England to meet her future husband Arthur. However, when Arthur suddenly dies, Catherine isn’t welcomed into English society, and her next choice, King Henry VII, is the dad of the guy she really loves.

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