The Period Drama Genre is Transforming on TV and We’re Here for It

Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor in "Bridgerton"

Period dramas usually follow a similar formula, but it seems like change is on the way thanks to many amazing new series that we’ve got in 2020 and many more coming our way. If you want to discover new TV shows that put a twist on this popular genre, make sure to check out these three.


Shonda Rhimes’ first Netflix series takes place during Regency England and follows the trials and tribulations of the wealthy Bridgerton family. What makes it different from the majority of other period dramas is its diverse cast, liberated approach to romance, and use of modern music.

The Great

The Great has several of the same qualities as Bridgerton, but its humorous tone is everyone’s favorite thing about it. It may not be the most historically accurate take on Catherine the Great’s rise to power, but it’s certainly the funniest one.

Lovecraft Country

Lovecraft Country isn’t a period drama per se, but it’s set during 1950s America, which makes it one. It proves that period dramas can work when mixed with horror and supernatural elements, and we’re looking forward to seeing more of that mix in the future.