It is no secret that novel-based TV shows are a recipe for blockbusters, especially when the novels are having their premise set somewhere in the European hinterlands. ‘Game of Thrones’ could be one such example, with George R R Martin, British, Scottish, and Irish accents, wars and gore, and one throne – a combination that looks like a love potion for the producers. ‘Outlander’ has always had a similar effect since its inception, with forever soaring popularity and stunning visuals. More importantly, it is a combination of a very rare mix – time travel and romance – the stuff of movies, if not TV shows, until ‘Outlander’ broke that myth and crushed it.
Having finished a 3-season run, the plot of ‘Outlander’ is set around Claire Randall, a nurse in the present day 1946, in the post-WWII era, who’s on a Scotland trip with her husband Frank when she’s teleported back in time, two centuries prior. She’s stuck between a tussle of the Highlanders and British Redcoats, is kidnapped by the Highlanders, marries Jamie – a Highlander himself and finds out that Captain Jonathan of the Redcoats is none other than Frank’s ancestor and her current arch nemesis. The next two seasons have Claire back and forth in time while bearing a daughter and raising her back in the 20th century.
TV shows like ‘Outlander’ would resemble many aspects of it – time travel, medieval era kingdoms, historical dramas, the underlying politics, set in a European backdrop, blood and gore, and most importantly, appealing romance, the primary reason why ‘Outlander’ has an outstanding viewership. Here’s the list of TV shows similar to Outlander that are our recommendations. You can stream some of these shows on Netflix or Amazon Prime.
12. Reign (2013-2017)
Set primarily in Scotland, similar to ‘Outlander’, the central character of the series is Mary, Queen of Scots. The series begins with Mary’s teenage days in Scotland and France, primarily within the French political setup. As Mary is all set to marry the prodigal Prince Francis, she’s caught in the political turmoil involving Bash – Francis’ half-brother, Elizabeth – the then Queen of England, and Nostradamus – the soothsayer whose predictions typically comes into play in determining marital ties which may lead to possible wars. The four-season long TV show was panned for its historical inaccuracies, though it got praise due to the romance portrayals – the only other reason why it resembles ‘Outlander’.