15 Shows Like ‘The Crown’ So You Can Get Your Royal Fix

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Season 5 of The Crown won't be dropping until November and if you’re anything like us, you've rewatched seasons 1 through 4 and you’ve gone through almost every royal movie out there, including The Other Boleyn Girl and The King’s Speech.

Even though we get tidbits of the inner workings of the royal family every now and then, that's not always enough. So we've compiled a list of 15 shows like The Crown that you can start bingeing right now.

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1. ‘The Tudors’

Who’s in it? Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy

What’s it about? A fairly obvious choice for this list, The Tudors will take you through a handful of King Henry VIII’s scandalous marriages (six in total). Dormer (Game of Thrones) stars as Henry’s ill-fated second wife, Anne Boleyn, while Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders) takes on the role of Jane Seymour.

How can I watch? Available on Showtime

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2. ‘Catherine The Great’

Who’s in it? Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Gina McKee

What’s it about? The four-part miniseries follows the end of the tumultuous monarch’s reign and her affair with Russian military leader Grigory Potemkin that helped shape the future of Russian politics.

How can I watch? Available on HBO Max


3. ‘Versailles’

Who’s in it? George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Tygh Runyan

What’s it about? This series centers around King Louis XIV, who gained notoriety for the elaborate nature of his court rituals at—you guessed it—Versailles. Versailles’ luscious retelling of the sun king’s escapades, his opulent renovations of then-hunting lodge Versailles, the stunning set design and the scandals of the French aristocracy make this one of the best in this roundup.

How can I watch? Available on Netflix


4. ‘Reign’

Who’s in it? Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows, Torrance Coombs

What’s it about? She may have been a teen queen, but the CW’s Reign’s portrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots gives us full-on sex, drama and political games of chess. Think Gossip Girl, but, like, historic. And there are four full seasons, so it’s totally binge-worthy.

How can I watch? Available on Netflix


5. ‘Victoria’

Who’s in it? Jenna Coleman, Adrian Schiller, Jordan Waller

What’s it about? The series stars Coleman as Queen Victoria (Queen Elizabeth’s great-great-grandmother) in the early 1800s, as she begins her reign at the age of just 18 after the death of her uncle, King William IV. The early years of her glorious 63-year reign unfold as we watch her fruitful yet ill-fated romance with the young Prince Albert.

How can I watch? Available on Amazon

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6. ‘The White Queen’

Who’s in it? Aneurin Barnard, Rebecca Ferguson, Amanda Hale

What’s it about? Starz’s The White Queen takes place pre-Tudor era and follows a trio of powerful women—Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville—as they try to manipulate their way to the throne. Not to mention, there’s also a follow-up series, The White Princess, starring Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer.

How can I watch? Available on Amazon

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7. ‘Downton Abbey’

Who’s in it? Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern

What’s it about? Running for five successful seasons (plus a follow-up film), the series takes place in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey in the early twentieth century and chronicles of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants.

How can I watch? Available on Amazon

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8. ‘The Windsors’

Who’s in it? Harry Enfield, Haydn Gwynne, Hugh Skinner

What’s it about? Don’t let the name fool you. This comedic series is an irreverent dramatization of the royal family’s daily life and the result is bloody hysterical. Think of it as an over-the-top soap opera starring your favorite royal fam.

How can I watch? Available on Netflix


9. ‘Medici’

Who’s in it? Daniel Sharman, Alessandra Mastronardi, Synnove Karlsen, Richard Madden

What’s it about? Murder! Deceit! There’s pretty much everything you could want in this drama set in 15th-century Florence. Medici follows a banking heir from an aristocratic family who’s out to further his family’s agenda. The royal tie-in? The Medici family produced not one but two queen regents of France and ultimately obtained the hereditary titles of Duke of Florence and Grand Duchy of Tuscany.

How can I watch? Available on Netflix

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10. ‘The Royals’

Who’s in it? Joan Collins, William Moseley, Alexandra Park, Elizabeth Hurley

What’s it about? This short-lived scripted series follows a fictional, modern British royal family centered around the matriarch Queen Helena. The drama really packs on the, well, drama with episodes focusing on sex, drugs and tabloids. If you’re a fan of reality television, this one gives off similar vibes.

How can I watch? Available on Amazon

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11. ‘The Spanish Princess’

Who’s in it? Charlotte Hope, Ruairi O’Connor, Laura Carmichael, Stephanie Levi-John, Aaron Cobham

What’s it about? The show tells 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.

How can I watch? Available on Amazon


12. ‘Game Of Thrones’

Who’s in it? Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Lena Headey

What’s it about: This fantasy drama focuses on nine noble families fighting for control over the lands of Westeros. It’s got politics! It’s got dragons! It's got zombies that rise from the ice! Apart from season eight, this show has it all (even Jason Momoa for a short period of time).

Where can I watch? Available on HBO Max


13. ‘Empire’

Who’s in it? Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray

What’s it about? OK, this family may not be royal in the traditional sense of the word, however, they still have more power than they know what to do with. Hip-hop mogul and CEO of Empire Entertainment Lucious Lyon is forced to face reality when a medical diagnosis reveals he will become incapacitated. Now, he must choose a successor among his children while simultaneously dealing with the turmoil from his previous marriage.

How can I watch? Available on Amazon

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14. ‘Beecham House’

Who’s in it? Tom Bateman, Lesley Nicol, Leo Suter

What’s it about? 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.

How can I watch? Available on Amazon

Devrin Lingnau and Phillip Froissant in The Empress.
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15. 'The Empress'

Who's in it? Devrim Lingnau, Philip Froissant, Melika Foroutan

What's it about? This upcoming Netflix original follows the tumultuous love story of Elisabeth von Wittelsbach, Princess of Bavaria and Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary, the man who's to marry her sister. Needless to say, a lot of drama ensues.

How can I watch? Available on Netflix September 29

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