TV & Movies

Miss Bridgerton Already? Here’s What to Watch Next

Source: Liam Daniel | Netflix
Source: Liam Daniel | Netflix

Sometimes, you know a show or movie is going to be special before you even watch it. We felt that way when we saw the first promo photos for Bridgerton back in 2020, and we know so many of you felt the same. Shonda Rhimes’ series for Netflix broke viewership records when the first season aired, and we have all been *not-so-patiently* waiting for its return ever since.

So it’s no surprise that when the second season hit Netflix, we binged it in a single weekend. We should have paced ourselves, though, because now we have yet another Bridgerton-shaped hole in our lives.

You are probably wondering what could possibly measure up to the drama, historical settings, and unbelievable costumes and sets that Bridgerton offers, and these are the shows and movies that just might do the trick—that is, of course, until seasons three and four of Bridgerton hit Netflix.


Downton Abbey 

Where to stream: Peacock (series) (movie)

Let’s start with a double whammy because you deserve to have your cake and eat it too. If scandal, romance, and English aristocrats are what drew you into Bridgerton, then six seasons of Downton Abbey followed by the movie should be right up your alley. 



Where to stream: HBO Max

While there have been a few great versions of Jane Austen’s Emma brought to life on film, if you appreciated the candy-colored sets and costumes of Bridgerton, then the 2020 version will make your heart skip a beat. Equal parts funny, romantic, and visually stunning, Emma checks all the boxes. 


Vanity Fair

Where to stream: Prime Video

For those of you who love classic literature, this mini-series based on the William Makepeace Thackeray novel of the same name shines bright thanks to the addition of Bridgerton’s Claudia Jessie, who is arguably one of the best parts of both shows. 



Where to stream: Apple TV+

Dickinson is quite possibly one of the best shows to binge after Bridgerton. While it follows the mid-19th-century poet Emily Dickinson, it definitely feels more contemporary due to its soundtrack and dialogue. Don’t worry, though, the sets and costumes are just as swoon-worthy.



Where to stream: Prime Video

Some say that Sanditon is even steamier than Bridgerton. Is that even possible? You’ll have to dive into two seasons of Sandition to be the judge of that. This Regency-era series based on Jane Austin’s incomplete final novel follows Charlotte when she moves to the village of Sanditon.


Marie Antoinette

Where to stream: Google Play

The visual appeal of Bridgerton is pretty hard to deny, and the only true rival I can think of for the breathtaking sets, jewels, and desserts that are heavily featured in the show is Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. This film steps away from historical accuracy at times in favor of aesthetics, and you won’t hear me complaining about that.  



Where to stream: Epix

Downton Abbey and Bridgerton fans will appreciate this show, from the creator of Downton Abbey, that takes place during the same time and in the same social circles of London as Bridgerton. You can expect a lot of romance and scandals—like, a lot. 


The Crown

Where to stream: Netflix

If you’re an Anglophile, chances are, you’ve already watched and rewatched every season of The Crown, but I had to include this recommendation just in case. 



Where to stream: Netflix

Bridgerton fans will want to tune into all four seasons of Outlander. You can expect all the glitz and glamour you loved in Bridgerton and will likely be head over heels for the costumes (The costume designers for both shows took inspiration from Dior when creating their breathtaking gowns).


The Great

Where to stream: Hulu

The Great takes place in Russia in the court of Catherine the Great instead of England, but it delivers possibly even more charming pastel costumes and sets than Bridgerton does. You’ll have to make the final call!


War & Peace

Where to stream: Google Play

Dive into this charming adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel also set in Russia. You’ll want to sit back and lean into the romance of not just the couples on the show but also of the sets and costumes. 



Where to stream: Prime Video

Step back a few years in time and brush up on your British history, this time focusing on the grandchild of Queen Charlotte who is featured heavily in Bridgerton. History buffs will appreciate the great detail paid to historical events as well as the exciting dashes of romance. 


The Duchess

Where to stream: Prime Video

I won’t spoil the ending of this movie based on a true story, but if you appreciated the feminist undertones of Bridgerton as well as the dramatic settings of the show, then you’ll appreciate this historical film staring the ever lovely Keira Knightley. 



Where to stream: Prime Video

If you like British historical romance sagas, then Poldark will set your heart aflutter. There are plenty of “will they, won’t they” moments to keep you on the edge of your seat as well as a closer look at more than just what the upper class experienced. The show takes place about 20 years before Bridgerton does.