Five essential period shows to binge on Netflix this weekend
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Five essential period shows to binge on Netflix this weekend

The Crown season six, part one, just dropped on Netflix, but the second part doesn’t arrive till December. But you want more royal drama, and you want it now? We hear you!

If you’re reeling from the majestic world of The Crown after that whirlwind part one and find yourself craving more regal drama, Netflix has a royal feast waiting for you. We have curated five shows that can help fix your royal cravings. These five essential series capture the opulence and intrigue of The Crown

Whether you’re a fan of historical dramas or modern tales of royal life, this weekend binge-list promises to keep you engaged. 

From aristocratic estates to contemporary monarchies, these shows offer a delightful blend of history, romance, and scandal.

Five essential series to binge on Netflix this weekend if you loved The Crown:

Downton Abbey

Created by Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey is a historical drama set in the early 20th century, depicting the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their house helps.

The series explores the evolving social landscape in England, mirroring the sweeping changes in society and the aristocracy. Downton Abbey is a visual and emotional treat with impeccable performances by actors such as Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville.

The Windsors

For those who appreciate a touch of satire, The Windsors is a comedic take on the British royal family. Created by George Jeffrie and Bert Tyler-Moore, the series parodies the lives of the Windsors, injecting humour into the real-life events that have shaped the monarchy.

With exaggerated portrayals of the royal family members, including Prince Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, this irreverent series offers a hilarious and refreshing break away from the heavy and intense world of The Crown.


Created by Chris Van Dusen and produced by Shondaland, Bridgerton is a Regency-era drama based on a series of books, that combines anachronistic history with modern sensibilities. The series follows the Bridgerton family as they navigate London’s high society in the early 19th century.

With vibrant characters, lavish costumes, and a healthy dose of scandal, Bridgerton has become a global sensation. Executive-produced by Shonda Rhimes, the show features an ensemble cast, including Nicola Coughlan, Simone Ashley, Jonathan Bailey, Phoebe Dynevor, and Regé-Jean Page.

Young Royals

Offering a contemporary twist to the royal genre, Young Royals is a Swedish drama created by Lisa Ambjörn. The series revolves around Prince Wilhelm, played by Edvin Ryding, who is sent to a prestigious boarding school to learn about life beyond the palace walls.

Balancing the challenges of teenagehood with the expectations of royalty, Young Royals provides a modern take on the struggles faced by young monarchs. The show’s authentic portrayal of relationships and societal pressures has garnered it an ardent fanbase.

The King’s Affection

Taking us into the realm of historical Korean drama, The King’s Affection (also known as Affection) is a series that explores love, duty, and sacrifice with a twist on gender dynamics.

Set in the Joseon Dynasty, when the crown prince dies suddenly, his surviving twin sister takes his place, navigating the duties to the throne while concealing her true identity and love life. Written by Han Hee-jung and directed by Song Hyun-wook, The King’s Affection became the first South Korean series to win an International Emmy.