If there's any year that's perfect for escaping into a lush, romantic series, it's 2020. That's why Netflix's
Bridgerton, which dropped on Netflix on Christmas Day, arrived at the perfect time, taking fans out of reality for a while and into 2021. If you're anything like the show's many, many fans, you've already devoured all the steamy romance and dramatic twists Bridgerton has to offer. But don't worry, there are plenty of shows like Bridgerton to quench your thirst for love, drama, or a combination of both.
There's a whole lot to love about
Bridgerton, so there are many different qualities you might be looking for in your next series. If you love the Regency-era romance, then another period piece might be the pick for you. If you're into the fact that the series is based on Julia Quinn's romance novels, then another page-to-screen adaptation is probably the way to go. Or, perhaps you love the special touch producer Shonda Rhimes (of Grey's Anatomy fame) put on Bridgerton, so you're looking for more of her signature works. No matter what it is that you love about Bridgerton, the 21 shows on this list are sure to leave you satisfied. Check 'em out below: Bridgerton's Lady Whistledown is sort of like the Gossip Girl of her time, influencing society with every rumor she spreads. Lady Whistledown's identity is revealed at the end of Bridgerton Season 1, but you'll have to power through all six seasons of to find out who's behind the blog. Gossip Girl
Set in a similar time period as
Bridgerton, Gentleman Jack tells the story of a woman who takes a very different route through life than Daphne Bridgerton does. The HBO series follows the true story of Anne Lister, a female landowner with plans to marry a woman in 19th century England is set in England a couple hundred years after the story of The Crown Bridgerton, but it's still got plenty to love for fans of English accents and period dramas. Watch to dig into all the royal scandal of Queen Elizabeth II's reign.
Based on Diana Gabaldon's book series,
Outlander follows the sizzling romance between a time-traveling 20th century nurse and her 18th century Scottish beau. The first three seasons are all available on Netflix. This British historical drama features all the longing and romance of Bridgerton, along with lots of family drama. It originally aired on BBC and is based on the novels of the same name by Winston Graham.
Shondaland is truly the tops when it comes to steamy drama. Rhimes' production company made
Bridgerton, and its ABC series has just as much (if not more) romance, plot twists, and truly jaw-dropping moments. Scandal
Jane Austen is the original Regency-era romance author, and
this PBS series based on her final (and unfinished) novel has lots and lots of romance. Come for the sweeping seaside setting, stay for the witty dialogue.
Based on the novel of the same name by Julian Fellowes,
follows the families of London's grandest neighborhood. If you enjoyed all the luxurious costumes and settings of Belgravia Bridgerton, this is the series for you.
Elle Fanning stars as Catherine the Great in
this Hulu series that takes a raunchy approach to retelling Russia's history. Season 2 of this hit show is coming soon, so you can catch up on Season 1 while you wait.
If you love mystery and intrigue in your aristocracy tales, then this pick is for you. This
original Spanish series that centers on an early 20th-century hotel is available on Netflix. has its fair share of fans, but it's worth including on this list for all the upstairs-downstairs drama. It's set a little bit later than Downton Abbey Bridgerton, but this lavish Edwardian mansion is still filled with plenty of aristocratic scandal.
There probably wouldn't be a
Bridgerton if there were no This classic Austen romance story sets the stage for all the romance stories that came after it. Pride and Prejudice. isn't a period piece, but it has tons of romantic drama. This series is perfect if you're in the mood to watch a single woman go through all the ups and downs of finding love. Being Mary Jane
Henry VIII goes down in history for a few things, but perhaps the most prominent is his many wives. Watch
this show if you want to see all the scandal of his monarchy.
The Bridgertons are a tight-knit family, and if you're looking for fraught family dynamics, then
is the show for you. It follows the Bordelons as they navigate life and love on their family's estate in Louisiana. Queen Sugar is a very different kind of love story from Normal People Bridgerton, mostly thanks to its modern(-ish) setting and very millennial characters. But it's also filled with so much steamy longing, making it the perfect romance series.
Lady Whistledown runs things on
Bridgerton, and if you want to see that taken up a notch, then check out A on The series originally ran on Freeform, and catching up on HBO Max will get you ready for its Pretty Little Liars. upcoming reboot. doesn't have the same opulence as Call the Midwife Bridgerton, but it does have lots of British period drama goodness. It follows a group of women as they navigate midwifery in 1950s East London. This CW series tells the story Mary Queen of Scots, and all the scandal of her reign. If you love the sexy side of Bridgerton, this one's for you.
And if you've exhausted all the options on this list, you can always go back and rewatch
. Bridgerton Season 1 on Netflix