Watch these 7 period romances next if you’re suffering from a post-'Bridgerton 3' slump

Each show, in its own unique way, captures the essence of what makes Bridgerton so beloved

Mahnoor Vazir June 22, 2024

Ah, dearest gentle reader, have you found yourself swept away by the enchanting world of Bridgerton, and now suffer from what is called a post-series slump after binge-watching the final part in one sitting? Fear not, for there exists a treasure trove of period romances ready to fill the void left by Lady Whistledown’s society papers. Prepare yourself for these seven series that are poised to transport you back to an era of corsets and chaperoned courtships.


Downton Abbey

In the grand tradition of British period dramas, Downton Abbey stands as a paragon of elegance. Set in the early 20th century, this beloved series follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their loyal servants. The narrative weaves through historical events such as the Titanic disaster, World War I, and the Spanish influenza pandemic, all while exploring the shifting social landscape of the time.

The illustrious cast includes Hugh Bonneville as the dignified Earl of Grantham, Michelle Dockery as the sharp-tongued Lady Mary, and the indomitable Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess, whose withering remarks are as sharp as her wit. Much like Bridgerton, Downton Abbey offers a heady mix of romance, scandal, and high society drama.


The Gilded Age

Transport yourself to the dazzling opulence of late 19th century New York with The Gilded Age. This series, created by Julian Fellowes of Downton Abbey fame, paints a vivid portrait of a society teetering on the brink of modernity. The plot centres around Marian Brook, a young woman thrust into the lavish yet perilous world of New York’s elite after her father’s death.

The ensemble cast features Christine Baranski as the formidable Agnes van Rhijn, Cynthia Nixon as her kind-hearted sister Ada, and Louisa Jacobson as the determined Marian. Fans of Bridgerton will find much to admire in the exquisitely designed costumes, intricate social dynamics, and the ever-present tension between old money and new.


The Buccaneers

For those who delight in tales of spirited young women defying societal expectations, The Buccaneers is a must-watch. Based on Edith Wharton’s unfinished novel, this series follows a group of American heiresses who travel to England in search of titled husbands, only to find themselves entangled in a web of passion and deception. Alisha Boe stars as the charming Conchita Closson, while Kristine Froseth and Imogen Waterhouse play the bold and beautiful St. George sisters.


The Great

If your tastes run towards the irreverent and outlandish, The Great is the perfect tonic. This satirical take on the rise of Catherine the Great of Russia is a riotous romp through the halls of power, replete with biting humour and anachronistic wit. Elle Fanning stars as the naive yet determined Catherine, while Nicholas Hoult’s portrayal of the capricious Emperor Peter III is nothing short of brilliant.

Though markedly more preposterous than Bridgerton, The Great shares its flair for lavish settings, intricate costumes, and a keen focus on the dynamics of power and desire. This series will leave you both laughing and marvelling at the audacity of history’s greatest characters.



Adapted from Jane Austen’s unfinished novel, Sanditon is a delightful exploration of love and ambition in a burgeoning seaside resort. The series follows the spirited Charlotte Heywood as she navigates the complex social hierarchy of Sanditon, encountering a host of intriguing characters along the way.

Rose Williams shines as the plucky Charlotte, while Theo James’s brooding Sidney Parker provides a tantalising romantic interest. The show’s lush settings, witty dialogue, and focus on the pursuit of love and fortune make it a perfect companion to Bridgerton.


Gossip Girl

While not a period piece in any shape or form, Gossip Girl captures the essence of high society drama with a modern twist. Set in the glamorous world of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the series follows the lives of privileged teens whose every move is chronicled by the mysterious Gossip Girl, very much like our Lady Whistledown. The scandals, secrets, and romances of Serena, Blair, and their entourage are as addictive as they are outrageous.

The ensemble cast, led by Blake Lively and Leighton Meester, also includes iconic guest appearances by some of Hollywood's biggest names. Gossip Girl offers a peek into a different kind of high society, where the stakes are just as high and the gossip just as juicy.


Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

Of course, no list would be complete without a nod to the Bridgerton prequel that delves into the life of the enigmatic Queen Charlotte, exploring her rise to power and the love story that shaped her reign. Golda Rosheuvel reprises her role as the regal monarch, with India Amarteifio playing the young Charlotte.

This series promised to expand on the Bridgerton universe, and delivered, offering deeper insight into the characters and events that have captivated audiences worldwide. The intricate court politics and forbidden romances will undoubtedly satisfy the cravings of any Bridgerton devotee. It’s also exceptionally fun to make comparisons and look for easter eggs and discreet references between the two shows.

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