As viewers wait for “Outlander” to return, many are searching for similar shows to enjoy.
Based on a series of best-selling books by Diana Gabaldon, the series follows Claire Randall (Caitríona Balfe), a former World War II military nurse who, while on a trip to Scotland in 1945, finds herself transported back in time to the 18th century.
There, she meets and falls in love with Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), a dashing Highland warrior. Together the two find themselves swept up in many historical events, from the Jacobite rising to the American Revolutionary War.
Given its captivating romance, fascinating political backdrops, and, of course, the inclusion of time travel, it’s not hard to see why audiences can’t get enough of the show, which recently began a midseason hiatus.
As the Droughtlander sets in, Insider has rounded up six shows we think fans of “Outlander” might enjoy.
“A Discovery of Witches” features time travel as well as a pulse-pounding forbidden romance.
Summary: Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer) is a professor and non-practicing witch. When she finds a mystical manuscript at her university’s library, she’s forced back into the magical world and reluctantly teams up with her fellow professor — and vampire — Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode) as they try to keep the manuscript safe.
Why you’ll like it: People have long drawn parallels between the two series and their respective fandoms, so we would really recommend giving it a try. Diana and Matthew’s us-against-the-world relationship will have you hooked.
“A Discovery of Witches” is now streaming on AMC.
“Miss Scarlet and the Duke” features a headstrong female lead who defies expectations.
Summary: Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips) is left almost penniless when her father unexpectedly dies. Faced with the decision to marry for financial security or make her own path, she decides to continue her father’s detective agency, where she finds an unexpected companion in Scotland Yard Inspector William “Duke” Wellington (Stuart Martin).
Why you’ll like it: Claire’s outspoken and fiercely independent nature is what made “Outlander” fans fall in love with her story in the first place, and you’ll find plenty of parallels in Eliza Scarlet.
“Miss Scarlet and the Duke” is streaming on PBS and Prime Video.
For more time-traveling adventures paired with a good dose of romance, check out “Timeless.”
Summary: “Timeless” follows history professor Lucy Preston (Abigail Spencer), scientist Rufus Carlin (Malcolm Barrett), and soldier Wyatt Logan (Matt Lanter) as they band together as an unlikely trio to attempt to stop a time-traveling criminal from changing the course of American history.
Why you’ll like it: Time travel? Check. The occasional cameo from important historical figures? Check. A simmering romance between two very hot leads? Check! While “Timeless” may technically fall under the category of sci-fi, rather than fantasy, we don’t think “Outlander” fans will have any issues getting on board with it.
“Timeless” is streaming on Hulu.
The chemistry between the two leads in “Poldark” could give Jamie and Claire a run for their money.
Summary: British Army Captain Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) is destroyed when he returns home to England after fighting in the American Revolution to find his father has died, the family estate is in ruins, and his childhood sweetheart has married his cousin.
Why you’ll like it: Like “Outlander,” this series is based on a series of best-selling novels and is filled with romance, intrigue, and drama. It also has plenty of steamy scenes between Ross and his flame-haired love interest Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson).
“Poldark” is now streaming Prime Video.
“Black Sails” is a little more male-focused, but offers plenty for “Outlander” fans.
Summary: Positioned as a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island,” this Michael Bay-produced drama follows the fictional Captain Flint as well as a handful of legendary pirates from history on the debauched paradise of New Providence Island.
Why you’ll like it: This swashbuckling series feels very reminiscent of Jamie and Claire’s short-lived seafaring adventure in the West Indies back in season three, so if you find yourself rewatching that, then this is the series for you. Not to mention, the immersive world of the series will have you hooked.
“Black Sails” is streaming on Starz.
“Turn: Washington’s Spies” is for all the “Outlander” fans who have been loving Jamie and Claire’s involvement in the American Revolution.
Summary: Based on real events, “Turn: Washington’s Spies” follows a Long Island farmer named Abraham Woodhull (Jamie Bell), who bands together a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who agree to work for General George Washington and as a result, help turn the tide in America’s fight for independence.
Why you’ll like it: This is one for all the “Outlander” fans who have been drawn in by the colonial intrigue of the last few seasons, and want to see more of Benedict Arnold’s story following his brief appearance in season seven of “Outlander.”
“Turn: Washington’s Spies” is streaming on Roku.