Lusting for more Bridgerton? Here are five period pieces to watch as you wait for season two

| Senior Cadenza Editor

On Dec. 25, Shonda Rhimes knocked it out of the park once again with her new Netflix original series “Bridgerton,” based on the historical romance series of the same name by New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn. Set in 1813, “Bridgerton” provides just the right amount of scandal, drama and intrigue to keep the Regency Era engaging to a modern audience. With all of season one released at once, it can be easy to slip into a post-show slump. If you believe that waiting for season two is going to be absolutely unbearable (and even if you don’t), here are some of my favorite period pieces that you can watch in the meantime.


If you’re a fan of political plots and royalty, you’re going to like “Reign.” Following the life of Mary, Queen of Scots starting in 1557, the first season is all about Mary’s betrothal to Prince Francis. Throw in all of her handmaidens who are also looking to find husbands while at court and you have a powerhouse group of ladies to focus the show around. Plus, the Medicis are involved. This show is only four seasons—and they’re on Netflix—so it won’t take you that long to finish if you decide to watch it all in one weekend.

“The Great”

Where “Reign” is dramatic, “The Great” is funny. Starring Elle Fanning as Catherine the Great and Nicholas Hoult as Emperor Peter III, “The Great” chronicles Catherine’s rise to being the longest-reigning female ruler in Russian history. This show is irreverent, funny and Emmy-nominated, if that is something you pay attention to when choosing what to watch on the silver screen. Premiering last year as a Hulu Original, there’s only one season, so there’s time to catch up before the second one comes out.

“The Frankenstein Chronicles”

Darker and more serious than others on this list, this Netflix original series does not disappoint. “The Frankenstein Chronicles” moves away from the more flowery, romantic aspects of most period pieces and hits the ground running as a crime TV show that serves as a retelling of Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein.” In this reimagination the lead inspector, played by Sean Bean, finds a corpse made up of body parts from eight different children. Dark and twisted, there are only two seasons of this chilling show at six episodes each, so it’s a quick watch.

“Downton Abbey”

I would be remiss if I didn’t include this classic and absolute paragon of historical television. From 2011-2016, PBS ruled evenings with this post-Edwardian television series that garnered millions of viewers the night the first episode aired. Centered around one particular aristocratic family, this show is sure to fill the “Bridgerton” gap whether you’ve seen it before or you’re watching it for the first time. All six seasons are available on Amazon Prime.

“Lovecraft Country”

The last but certainly not the least on this list, “Lovecraft Country” combines suspense, the supernatural, and horror with 1950s Jim Crow laws to create a stunning show. Based on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, “Lovecraft Country” portrays a dark and silenced part of history with drama, accuracy and fabulous costumes. While a second season has yet to be announced, it still might be a good idea to get a head start on the 10 episodes already out and available on HBO Max.

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