Netflix’s Bridgerton has swept viewers off their ft with its lush mix of romance tropes—pretend relationship, forbidden love, “we could be together if only we could stop misunderstanding each other”—anchored by the soapy, searing gossip of one Lady Whistledown. Those eight episodes went down like tea sandwiches, likely leaving viewers hungry for extra Regency romance and timeless drama. Thankfully, you may sate your appetites with these 9 TV collection. A mixture of variations and unique collection, they reimagine well-known figures as compelling heroines and transplant viewers into immersive cities and households, with new scandals and love tales to get obsessive about.
Alena Smith’s sensible, queer dramedy collection audaciously reimagines the traditionally reclusive poet as a Millennial soul caught in Nineteenth-century societal constraints. It’s delightfully anachronistic, with suave modern music selections—like one sequence set to Lizzo’s “Boys”—and gleefully meta cameos like John Mulaney as Walden naturalist Henry Thoreau and Zosia Mamet as Little Women writer Louisa May Alcott. The sophomore season (which premiered January 8) sees Emily grappling with the concern of dropping her sight, sure, but additionally one thing far worse: author’s block. The cause for her inventive dampening? Her poems might lastly be printed. But fame proves a fickle creature, as Emily struggles with an attraction to her editor Samuel Bowles (Iron Fist’s Finn Jones) whereas her pricey Sue (Ella Hunt) retreats into the glittery world of out-of-touch influencers. This season, anticipate seances, spa days, and a couple of fabulous home get together.
Daphne Bridgerton has to outlive the season, however Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) has to remain alive throughout a number of historic wars, to not point out the realities of being a Twentieth-century physician despatched again in time 200 years to the place she’s little greater than property to be traded or kidnapped. Thankfully she’s got the romance hero to finish all heroes in delicate Highlander Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan)—and their intercourse scenes rival even Daphne and Simon’s romping honeymoon. If you’ve by no means gotten into Diana Gabaldon’s sweeping romantic epic (with Ronald D. Moore’s adaptation contact), prepare for a breathless journey. And in case you’re tuning in for subsequent season, you’ll respect how just like the Bridgertons, the Frasers nurture an enormous, close-knit clan—blood and chosen—whose personal adventures in time journey, spywork, and conflict spin out into numerous triumphs and excessive drama.
Sanditon (PBS Masterpiece)
Adapted from Jane Austen’s ultimate, unfinished novel, Sanditon takes place within the eponymous seaside city, a sleepy retreat poised to turn into a Regency resort vacation spot. An accident of probability brings the unconventional and impetuous Charlotte Heywood (Rose Williams) to Sanditon, the place she bonds with the daring Georgiana Lamb (Crystal Clarke), Austen’s first and solely black character. And of course, Charlotte clashes with the hunky Sidney Parker (Theo James), half of the household trying to change Sanditon. Andrew Davies, the author behind the basic Colin Firth Pride and Prejudice and different Austen variations, makes use of the unfinished manuscript to arrange the pilot, then takes these characters in new instructions. That means participating with England’s colonial historical past in stunning methods, but additionally consists of an ending to the eight-episode collection that challenges readers and viewers used to the style’s conventions.