Riveting, heart-wrenching and endlessly fascinating, the Netflix-original drama ‘The Crown’ had us hooked ever since it hit the screens in 2016. There have been many movies released in the past that dealt with the life and duties of the world’s longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. However, what ‘The Crown’ did was exhibit the Queen with all of her vulnerabilities that probably always stayed behind closed doors. For the world, the Royal Family has always been surrounded by scandals. And among those controversies was Queen’s husband, Prince Philip’s alleged affairs as well.
The show played with these intricacies from the monarch’s perspective, portraying her as the one who is the head of a country while having a family of her own to think about as well. It reflects the myriad of inner thoughts and desires that the Queen has battled to maintain her stature as the leader of a state. Not to forget the stunning performance by Claire Foy that only added more spice to the drama and kept us gripped to our seats. No wonder she bagged the best actress award at the 2017 Golden Globe and 2018 Emmy Awards. Another actor that deserves mention in the success of the series is Vanessa Kirby for the role of Princess Margaret. Her seamless and natural depiction of the traumatizing life that the Queen’s sister had, undoubtedly throws more light into what it’s like to be born Royal.
‘The Crown’ is all set to return with season 3 in 2019. Netflix has confirmed Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies as the new Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, respectively, in the returning seasons. Sadly, the broadcaster has not announced an actual date when the show is expected to air again. Hence, if you have just finished binge-watching the show and can’t wait for the upcoming seasons anymore just like me, here is a list of TV series similar to The Crown that will keep you engaged and entertained till then – or even later. You can watch several of these shows like The Crown on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
1. The Tudors (2007 – 2010)
Long before the jaw-dropping drama of the Windsor’s unfolded lived an infamous ruler of England, Henry VIII. The show circles around the King’s reign in the 16th century as the second monarch of the ‘House of Tudors,’ and his six marriages, two of which led to his wives being beheaded. Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers from ‘Bend it Like Beckham’ fame stars in this captivating drama that aired from 2007 to 2010. If you are fond of historical dramas presented in a sumptuous and enthralling way, you can’t miss this series. Although audiences and many critics have cited that the show lacks historical accuracy, the fabulous acting of Meyers makes it worth a watch. The show ran for four seasons and Meyers even grabbed nominations for the best actor in Golden Globe in 2008 and 2009. The series is available on Netflix.
2. The White Queen (2013)