Apple TV+‘s latest series is the period drama The Buccaneers which premiered on November 8th with the first 3 episodes. Inspired by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edith Wharton’s final novel of the same title, the series follows a group of young American girls in the 1870s who head to London to find themselves matches. What ensues is a culture clash and it soon becomes apparent that the girls are focused on much more than simply finding husbands. The set and costume design combined with a talented cast makes this series an addicting watch. If you’re looking for other shows like The Buccaneers to check out while you wait for new episodes to drop, we have 12 suggestions for you.

Belgravia (2020 miniseries)

Cast: Tamsin Greig, Philip Glenister, Alice Eve, Ella Purnell, Tom Wilkinson, Harriet Walter, Jack Bardoe, Jeremy Neumark Jones, Richard Goulding, Emily Reid, Adam James, Paul Ritter

Synopsis: “This Six-Part Limited Series by Julian Fellowes is a story of secrets and scandals amongst the upper echelon of London society in the 19th Century. When the Trenchards accept an invitation to the now legendary ball hosted by the Duchess of Richmond on the fateful eve of the Battle of Waterloo, it sets in motion a series of events that will have consequences for decades to come as secrets unravel behind the porticoed doors of London’s grandest neighborhood.”

Where to watch: MGM+, Spectrum

Bridgerton (2020 – )

Cast: Phoebe Dynevor, Regé-Jean Page, Jonathan Bailey, Jonathan Bailey, Claudia Jessie, Simone Ashley, Ruby Barker, Luke Newton, Luke Thompson, Adjoa Andoh, Ruth Gemmell, Julie Andrews, Charithra Chandran, Golda Rosheuvel

Synopsis: “The eight close-knit siblings of the Bridgerton family look for love and happiness in London high society. Inspired by Julia Quinn’s bestselling novels.”

Where to watch: Netflix

Dickinson (2019-2021)

Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Toby Huss, Adrian Enscoe, Anna Baryshnikov, Ella Hunt, Amanda Warren, Chinaza Uche, Jane Krakowski

Synopsis: “Dickinson audaciously explores the constraints of society, gender, and family from the perspective of rebellious young poet Emily Dickinson.”

Where to watch: Apple TV+

Doctor Thorne (2016 miniseries)

Cast: Tom Hollander, Stefanie Martini, Harry Richardson, Rebecca Front, Ian McShane, Richard McCabe, Alison Brie, Janine Duvitski, Edward Franklin, Danny Kirrane, Gwyneth Keyworth

Synopsis: “Penniless Mary Thorne grows up with her uncle, Doctor Thorne, and develops a friendship with the family at the nearby Greshamsbury Park estate.”

Where to watch: Apple TV

Gentleman Jack (2019-2022)

Cast: Suranne Jones, Sophie Rundle, Gemma Whelan, Gemma Jones, Timothy West, Rosie Cavaliero, Rosie Cavaliero, Joe Armstrong, Amelia Bullmore, Shaun Dooley

Synopsis: “A dramatization of the life of lesbian trailblazer, voracious learner, and cryptic diarist Anne Lister.”

Where to watch: Max, Spectrum

The Gilded Age (2022 – )

Cast: Carrie Coon, Louisa Jacobson, Christine Baranski, Morgan Spector, Cynthia Nixon, Taissa Farmiga, Denée Benton, Harry Richardson, Thomas Cocquerel, Audra McDonald, Blake Ritson, Donna Murphy, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Synopsis: “The Gilded Age begins in 1882 with young Marian Brook (Jacobson) moving from rural Pennsylvania to New York City after the death of her father to live with her thoroughly old money aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Baranski) and Ada Brook (Nixon). Exposed to a world on the brink of the modern age, will Marian follow the established rules of society, or forge her own path?”

Where to watch: Max, Spectrum

Harlots (2017-2019)

Cast: Jessica Brown Findlay, Samantha Morton, Eloise Smyth, Lesley Manville, Kate Fleetwood, Liv Tyler, Holli Dempsey, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Danny Sapani, Hugh Skinner, Bronwyn James, Dorothy Atkinson

Synopsis: “Margaret Wells struggles to reconcile her roles as brothel owner and mother to daughters Charlotte and Lucy. When her business comes under attack from Lydia Quigley, a rival madam with a ruthless streak, Margaret must fight back even if it means losing her family and possibly her life.”

Where to watch: Hulu

Howards End (2017 miniseries)

Cast: Hayley Atwell, Matthew Macfadyen, Philippa Coulthard, Alex Lawther, Joseph Quinn, Tracey Ullman, Jonah Hauer-King, Bessie Carter, Julia Ormond, Rosalind Eleazar, Joe Bannister 

Synopsis: “A fresh adaptation of a beloved tale of two sisters, as they navigate through life and love.”

Where to watch: PBS Masterpiece, Prime Video, The Roku Channel, Starz

Life in Squares (2015 miniseries)

Cast: Eve Best, Phoebe Fox, Lydia Leonard, James Norton, Ed Birch, Christian Brassington, Rupert Penry-Jones, Sam Hoare, Andrew Havill, Al Weaver, Ben Lloyd-Hughes

Synopsis: “An intimate and emotional drama for BBC Two about the revolutionary Bloomsbury group.”

Where to watch: BritBox, Hoopla

Sanditon (2019-2023)

Cast: Rose Williams, Theo James, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ruth Kearney, Sophie Winkleman, Leo Suter, Jack Fox, Liam Garrigan, Charlotte Spencer, Kris Marshall, Crystal Clarke, Anne Reid, Kate Ashfield

Synopsis: “About Charlotte Heywood, a spirited and impulsive woman, who moves from her rural home to Sanditon, a fishing village attempting to reinvent itself as a seaside resort.”

Where to watch: Apple TV, PBS Masterpiece

Tipping the Velvet (2002 miniseries)

Cast: Rachael Stirling, Keeley Hawes, Anna Chancellor, Jodhi May, Alexei Sayle, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, John Bowe, Benedict Cumberbatch, Johnny Vegas

Synopsis: “The story of Nan Astley who falls in love with three different women on her journey to stardom and happiness in 1887 Victorian England.”

Where to watch: BritBox, Prime Video, The Roku Channel

Vanity Fair (2018 miniseries)

Cast: Olivia Cooke, Claudia Jessie, Martin Clunes, Sian Clifford, Tom Bateman, Johnny Flynn, Frances de la Tour, Charlie Rowe, David Fynn, Anthony Head, Simon Russell Beale

Synopsis: “A period drama series adapted from William Makepeace Thackeray’s classic novel. Olivia Cooke is heroine Becky Sharp, who attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English society; against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars.”

Where to watch: Prime Video


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