17 series to watch if you love the crown

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It’s been two years since we were able to treat ourselves to a new season of The crown. The historical drama follows the life of Queen Elizabeth II, and Season 5, the first since the real-life monarch’s death in September, premiered on Wednesday, blessing our Netflix screens with the intimate character studies and beautiful sets and cinematography that the series is known for.

The season picks up in 1991 and Elizabeth has a lot on her plate. Her son Prince Charles and Princess Diana are headed for divorce. Rumors are swirling that Prince Philip is having an affair. And on top of all that, Sunday Times reports that the Queen is suffering from “Queen Victoria syndrome.”

If you’re like us, you’ve already read all 10 episodes and Googled the Season 6 release date (spoiler alert: It’s not soon). But in the meantime, there are other period pieces, royal retellings and historical dramas to fill the void left by Imelda Staunton and Elizabeth Debicki.

Here’s what to watch if you can’t get enough The crown.

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Hunky gentlemen. Colorful costumes. Steamy romance. Bridgerton ticks all the boxes for a series that can binge. Based on Julia Quinn’s book series, this twist on the period drama abandons great historical accuracy for a modern take on London’s Regency era as it follows different families during the social season. The first two seasons are ready to stream on Netflix, and season 3 is started.

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Outlander giving you more of the dreamy Scottish countryside you glimpse throughout The crown…but with more kilts, time travel and sex scenes. The STARZ series follows Claire (Caitríona Balfe), a 20th-century English nurse who unwittingly finds herself transported to 1743 Scotland. She must make a choice: try to find her way back to 1945 (and her husband, The crown‘s Tobias Menzies), or stay in the 18th century with Jamie the Highlander (Sam Heughan).

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The generally recognized Downton Abbey follows the aristocratic Crawley family in 20th century England. The series was awarded a Guinness World Record for “highest critical review ratings for a television show” after its Season 1 premiere and won a whopping 15 Emmy Awards thanks to its strong ensemble, costumes and clever writing during its six seasons.

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Before Claire Foy portrayed Queen Elizabeth II in The crownshe was Anne Boleyn in the BBC’s Hall of wolves. Set during the reign of Henry VIII, this Emmy-nominated miniseries stars Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis.

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This four-episode miniseries is a more serious account of the life of Catherine the Great. It begins long after the events of The bigwith Catherine (Helen Mirren) on the Russian throne.

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Even more scandalous than The Great is The Windsors, a Channel 4 sitcom that parodies the modern royal family. Think of it as The Crown meets Arrested Development – ​​the characters are over the top, out of touch and not very bright. And while they are completely insufferable, the show itself is quite entertaining.

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For something a little more fantastical (and a lot bloodier), House of the Dragon follows a year-long succession battle for the Iron Throne. This Game of Thrones the prequel takes place generations before Jon Snow joins the Night’s Watch and Daenerys Targaryen marries Khal Drogo, and it stars Matt Smith (Prince Philip in The Crown’s first two seasons), Emma D’Arcy, Paddy Considine and Olivia Cooke.

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The Tudors is another Henry VIII tale starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill and Natalie Dormer. Dramatic, sexy and a feast for the eyes, the show won Emmys for art direction, costume design and cinematography during its four seasons.

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The incomparable Anya Taylor-Joy is Beth Harmon, an orphan who finds a deep love and an unmatched talent for chess. While The Queen’s Gambit is a completely fictional story and involves no characters of royal lineage, the miniseries is as beautifully shot as The crown and filmed in beautiful 1950s and 60s sets.

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This 16th century CW historical drama follows Mary, Queen of Scots (Adelaide Kane) as she navigates the French court. Reign if it’s not that concerned with sticking to the story, don’t take the plot as truth; but the four-season show is a great way to get your fix of drama and romance.

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Anne Lister was a real English landowner, diarist and “first modern lesbian.” I Gentleman JackSuranne Jones plays Lister as she begins a romantic relationship with a woman in the 19th century.

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Queen Elizabeth II had many similarities to her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, including ascending the throne at remarkably young ages—Elizabeth at 25, Victoria at 18. And that’s when this Emmy-nominated series begins: with young Victoria (Doctor Who’s Jenna Coleman) begins her reign. Over the course of the show’s three seasons, Victoria meets and marries Prince Albert, starts a family and finds her footing as monarch.

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Hailee Steinfeld stars as a young Emily Dickinson in this coming-of-age story. She doesn’t quite fit in with her 19th-century Massachusetts community, she resists her family’s attempts to find her a suitor, and she’s in love with Sue Gilbert (Ella Hunt) – her best friend and her brother’s fiancee.

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The Royal is a modern story about a fictional – and messy – British royal family starring Joan Collins, Alexandra Park and William Moseley (whom you may recognize from The Chronicles of Narnia movie). The soap was E!’s first scripted series and follows Prince William (Moseley) as he learns to navigate his newfound responsibilities as heir after the death of his older brother. And because the show is off One Tree Hill creator Mark Schwahn, you can expect lots of parties, makeouts and drama.

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Based on the Philippa Gregory novel, The White Queen takes place during the 15th century Wars of the Roses. The 10-episode miniseries tells the story of three cousins: Elizabeth (Rebecca Ferguson), Margaret (Amanda Hale) and Anne (Faye Marsay) as they try to manipulate their way to power.

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Another miniseries based on the works of novelist Philippa Gregory, The Spanish Queen takes place almost 50 years later The White Queen. It begins with the teenager Catherine of Aragon (Charlotte Hope) traveling from Spain to England to meet her betrothed, Prince Arthur. But when Arthur dies just months after their wedding, Catherine must learn to navigate her place in England’s court – and turns her sights on Albert’s brother, Henry VIII.

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