scene from Bridgerton on Netflix

What to Watch Next if You Loved “Bridgerton”

If you are anything like me, then you spent part of your holiday break watching “Bridgerton.” Since dropping on Netflix on Christmas Day, this adaptation of Julia Quinn’s beloved books has broken records on the streaming platform. Due to its interesting setting, unforgettable characters and beautiful production, the show has quickly become a hit. In fact, the show is projected to be the fifth most-watched Netflix original show of all time, and the views are continuing to skyrocket every day. After watching — and possibly re-watching — the show’s eight episodes, you are most likely craving something new to tie you over until a new season is announced. Luckily, I have compiled a list of TV shows that will cure your “Bridgerton” withdrawals. 

  1. 1. “Downton Abbey”

    This show holds an extra special place in my heart because it was one of the first shows I ever watched, from start to finish, as it was premiering. I have fond memories of watch parties with my mom or friends on Sunday nights in middle school as we obsessed over the latest episode. The show itself follows a wealthy English family and their many servants through the early 1900s, as they face war, search for an heir and experience countless other challenges across the show’s six seasons. Similar to “Bridgerton,” it features a wide array of incredible characters and addresses many political topics. Also, if you were a fan of the witty comments made by Lady Danbury, then you will absolutely love Dowager Countess in “Downton Abbey” —  played by none other than Dame Maggie Smith. The show is available on Amazon Prime Video and Peacock.

  2. 2. “Dickinson”

    Although I have not seen “Dickinson,” I have heard nothing but good things. Starring Hailee Steinfeld, the show follows a teenage Emily Dickinson as she attempts to become a writer in 19th-century Massachusetts. Although her family is pressuring her to find a male suitor, she is in love with her best friend and brother’s fiancé, Sue. Throughout the series, she tests the constraints of sexuality, society and her family, which are quite similar to the themes present in “Bridgerton.” Apparently, the show’s beautiful cinematography, interesting perspective of the famous poet, unique writing and passionate romance make it a must-watch. “Dickinson” is available on Apple TV.

  3. 3. “Sanditon”

    This eight-part period drama brings to life the last and unfinished novel written by Jane Austen which she abandoned just months before her death. Set in 1817 England, the show focuses on a woman named Charlotte who moves to a small fishing village in order to get a fresh start. While there, she meets an abundance of unique individuals, including a man named Sidney (played by the star of “Divergent,” Theo James), who dreams of transforming the tiny seaside town into a resort. As expected, romance blossoms between the two. Due to the book’s unfinished plot, the most interesting part of this show is that the production team used their own creative liberty to complete the story. The drama is available on PBS Masterpiece or to rent on Amazon Prime Video.

  4. 4. “Outlander”

    If your favorite part of “Bridgerton” was the steamy romance between Simon and Daphne, then look no further than “Outlander” for your next watch! The series focuses on a woman named Claire who is randomly transported to Scotland in the year 1753, where she marries a complicated warrior named Jamie in order to survive. Although most notorious for its romance, “Outlander” also stands out for its time traveling elements and interesting storyline. Additionally, the show has six seasons — with more likely coming — so you will have plenty of episodes to keep you busy. “Outlander” is available on Netflix and Starz.

  5. 5. “Gossip Girl”

    “Gossip Girl” is perfect for those who loved trying to guess the mysterious identity of Lady Whistledown. Although not set centuries ago like the other recommendations on this list, “Gossip Girl” still earns a recommendation due to its focus on those within a wealthy social class as they navigate relationships and the cusp of adulthood. Much like the town in “Bridgerton,” gossip spreads like wildfire in high-society New York City, and characters are scandalized by an unknown writer. Both shows chose famous actresses to voice the cryptic author with Julie Andrews in “Bridgerton” and Kristen Bell in “Gossip Girl.” Additionally, the show is well-loved for its impressive costumes, unforgettable courtships and breakout performances. The series is available on HBO Max.

BONUS: “Derry Girls”

If you loved Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Fetherington in “Bridgerton,” then “Derry Girls” is a must-watch. Set in 1990s Ireland, the show follows a group of friends at a private all-girls high school as they are living through the religious conflict. Coughlan’s stand out performance easily made this show one of the funniest that I have ever seen because of her hilarious dialogue and plot points. However, every other aspect of Derry Girls makes it a hidden gem. “Derry Girls” is available on Netflix. 

There are countless other historic shows that are worth your time, but I hope that this list keeps you occupied until a new season of “Bridgerton” is released. If not, I recommend that you read Julia Quinn’s books, which were adapted into the show. With one book for each “Bridgerton” child, the series will give you a head start on the material that will be used for future TV seasons.