Over a year ago, the last episode of Outlander Season 5 aired — and now, we’re still waiting for new episodes of the period drama. The sixth season of the Starz hit has yet to announce its upcoming release date, but rest assured, there will be a Season 6. Better yet: Starz has also renewed the series for a Season 7. There’s a lot more on the way! But while you’re waiting for those sweet Scottish episodes to hit the channel, you may be looking for new shows to binge. You’re in luck, because we’re here to bring you the top shows like Outlander to stream.
Outlander follows Claire Randall, a British nurse serving in World War II. Suddenly, Claire is transported out of the 1900s and into 1743 Scotland, where her freedom and life are under siege. She marries a strapping young Jamie Fraser to survive, struggling to figure out her new life amidst passionate feelings and two entirely different settings. The series has been running on Starz for the last seven years, with no end in sight at the moment.
On the hunt for more shows like Outlander? Here are just a handful of similar period dramas that may interest you:
‘The White Princess’
The White Princess is adapted from Philippa Gregory’s novel of the same name, and it follows three noblewomen waging an ongoing battle for the British throne. After the marriage of Henry VII (Jacob Collins-Levy) and Elizabeth of York (Jodie Comer) effectively ends the War of the Roses, mutual distrust continues amidst plotting by the entire kingdom to grab hold of the throne. Though everyone may be acting like peace has been achieved, truth is, the kingdom is far from it.
‘The Spanish Princess’
The Spanish Princess is a spin-off mini-series of the aforementioned White Princess, following the teenaged princess Catherine of Aragon (Charlotte Hope), who finally travels to England to meet her husband Arthur, the Prince of Wales (Angus Imrie). She’s welcomed by a select handful, but unwelcomed by many, and struggles to adapt to the harsh English customs that are expected of her. When Arthur dies quite suddenly, she’s forced to bridge the gap between England and Spain alone.
The Tudors is a historical drama series set in 16th-century England, honing in on the early years of King Henry VIII’s reign of England. The Showtime series follows Henry’s relationships with powerful women like Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, capturing his marriages and powerful political moves over the years. The Tudors stars actors like Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy, and Natalie Dormer.
Black Sails is a prequel to the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel, Treasure Island. The pirate adventure series takes place in 1715, and follows the wild tales of Captain Flint (Toby Stephens), one of the most brilliant, most feared pirates of the Golden Age. In the wake of threats from Britain and Spain, he aligns himself with the daughter of the local kingpin, ensuring the survival of his crew and friends. But there are plenty of other factors standing in between Captain Flint and the grand treasures of the world.
‘Catherine the Great’
Catherine the Great is an HBO series following the life of the Empress amidst her reign in Russia in 1764. The mini-series examines the end of Catherine’s life, including her affair with Grigory Potemkin. They develop a strange, passionate relationship, which stirs controversy under her leadership. Helen Mirren stars as Catherine the Great in this short series, which debuted just a few years ago. (If you’re looking for more content about Catherine the Great, The Great follows the empress’ early life and is available to stream on Hulu.)
Poldark follows Captain Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner), a redcoat returning from the American Revolutionary War to find his father dead and his true love entangled in a new relationship with his cousin. When he meets Demelza Carne (Eleanor Tomlinson), he offers her a job as a skullduggery maid — until they fall in love and marry a few years later. Over the course of the five seasons, they and the rest of the cast struggle with lost loves, marriage, children, and other 18th-century drama.
Queen of Scotland Mary Stuart (Adelaide Kane) is the lead of Reign, which follows her move to France with plans to strategically marry the king’s son, Prince Francis. But things spiral out of control when Mary feels herself drawn to Bash, Francis’s illegitimate half-brother. The French Court is also no major help to her cause, threatening her engagement until she seeks help in a masked figure. Still, Mary persists, ready to take on the leadership of ruling.