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February 26, 2024

TV series about royaly families to watch after Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

Schenelle Dsouza
One of Netflix’s most successful period dramas, Bridgerton was already winning hearts with its Gossip Girl meets Pride and Prejudice plot. However, the spin-off miniseries Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story following the story of the fictional queen of England, had every Bridgerton fan on the edge of their seats.
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story
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The series which made its debut on May 4, consistently shifts between decades, focusing on a young Queen Charlotte (India Ria Amarteifio) in her pursuit to marry King George of England (Corey Mylchreest) and a present-day Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel) as a ruling matriarch. A young Lady Danbury and Violet Bridgerton also make an appearance in the series.
If you haven’t already watched the new mini-series you definitely should. And for die-hard Bridgerton fans who’ve already binge-watched the miniseries, here are some similar period dramas based on royal monarchs that are a decent watch after Queen Charlotte.
Reign
Reign
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Among the many movies and shows about royalty, CW Network’s Reign stands out for its intense teen drama meets royal monarchy plot. The four-season-long show is a fictionalised account of events focusing on the life of Mary, Queen of Scots, played by Adelaide Kane. The series begins with a fifteen-year-old Queen Mary who travels to France to secure her betrothal to Prince Francis. While all seems well and planned, both parties show as disinterest in the alliance. While Prince Francis expresses his reservations about marrying Queen Mary, she finds herself drawn to the Prince’s half-brother Sebastian. What makes the show such an intriguing watch is its focus on young adult themes, despite being based in the 1500s. Not to mention the music, costumes, and a mix of romantic and devious plots to balance the field!
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The Crown
The Crown
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When it comes to shows about royalty, The Crown is perhaps one of the most successful series on television. Created and written by Peter Morgan, the series is projected as a fictional dramatisation inspired by real events. The series focuses on events within the royal family beginning with the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Claire Foy and Matt Smith take on the roles of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in the first two seasons, portraying the King and Queen during the years from 1947 to 1964. They were later replaced by Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies in the third and fourth seasons, covering events up to 1990. The current and most successful season tells the story of the beloved Princess Diana and her failing marriage with Prince Charles, leading up to her untimely death in 1997.
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The Empress
The Empress
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There aren’t too many tv adaptations of the life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria apart from the 1950s Sissi trilogy. However, the newer 6-part Netflix series, The Empress offers a fresh perspective on the life of the Empress of Austria. The German language show focuses on the fateful meeting between the young Bavarian Duchess Elisabeth helmed by Devrim Lingnau and the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I played by Philip Froissant. Following her marriage to Emperor Franz in 1854, Elisabeth is forced to navigate the politics of courtly life while dealing with an overly controlling mother-in-law and a conniving brother-in-law who wants to be king. Like any period drama, The Empress too mixes fiction with very little historical accuracy delivering a rather compelling love story
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The Great
The Great
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Very rarely does one come across a period drama with a comedic plot. Billed as The Great: An Occasionally True Story, tells the tale of a young Catherine the Great played by the spirited Elle Fanning. The series, displayed through copious amounts of satire and dark humour, follows a young Catherine who finds herself embroiled in a world of doctrinaire beliefs and customs after her marriage to a young and immature Emperor Peter III. Deciding she knows better, Catherine attempts to overthrow her husband and Russia’s Emperor, believing Russia to be better off without him. Weird, funny, and full of debauchery, The Empress is meant solely for a good watch rather than a trip down history.
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The White Queen
The White Queen
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Based on Philippa Gregory’s historical novel series The Cousins’ War, The White Queen is a miniseries that centres around the War of the Roses, when a blood feud ensues between the House of York and the House of Lancaster over the rightful king of the country. The main protagonists of the series are the women caught up in the ongoing conflict, Elizabeth Woodville (Rebecca Ferguson) played Elizabeth Woodville, adversary Margaret Beaufort (Amanda Hale) and Anne Neville (Faye Marsay). The success of the show led to the release of two sequel mini-series, The White Princess in 2016 and The Spanish Princess in 2018.
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Schenelle Dsouza

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