12 Shows Similar to Reign That Fans Should Watch Next

Despite being an older show, Reign still has a special place in our hearts because there doesn’t seem to be anything quite like it. But fans have tried to fill the void, so here are 12 shows that are similar to Reign for you to check out.

What probably makes the Reign TV series so unique is that it was set in the 16th century – a period of time that’s less commonly used compared to most period dramas. Most seem to be in the Victorian era or Regency period, not the Tudor period.

Along with the time period and setting, Reign is filled with whimsy that you just don’t get in more serious period dramas.

There are some exceptions, of course! You’ll see what I mean in these shows that are similar to Reign.

1. The Tudors

The Tudors.
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Like Reign, The Tudors is set during the Tudor period (hence the name), although this show takes place just before the plot of Reign occurs. Despite this similarity, though, the key difference is that The Tudors is a lot more serious than Reign.

2. The Great

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Featuring the story of how Catherine “the Nothing” becomes Catherine “The Great,” this comedy period drama is part satire, part historical fiction. I like to think of this show as a “palate cleanser,” something you watch in between more serious dramas to get a laugh.

3. Medici

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Combining political thriller elements with a period drama, Medici takes place in Florence during the early fifteenth century. If you’re unfamiliar with this family, Giovanni de’ Medici was a rich banker with significant political influence. He founded the Medici Bank, which would go on to influence the Renaissance age heavily.

4. Versailles

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You’ve heard of the place, but do you know the drama King Louis XIV of France underwent to get the magnificent palace constructed back in 1667? History is dramatized in the show Versailles, which features plenty of political intrigue, affairs, and Reign-esque whimsey.

5. The Cook of Castamar

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One cool thing about Netflix is how they bring foreign-language shows to their streaming platform, including The Cook of Castamar. Based on the novel of the same name, this period drama/romance follows an agoraphobic cook working in 1720 Madrid.

6. Interview with the Vampire

 Rae Dawn Chong as Florence De Pointe Du Lac - Interview with the Vampire _ Season 1, Episode 3.
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This one seems a little off the beaten track when it comes to shows that are like Reign, but Interview with the Vampire definitely has the same vibe. Try it and see if you agree!

7. Outlander

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The romance and political drama in Outlander makes it a perfect choice for folks who enjoyed Reign. The best part is that if you get into it, Outlander currently has 7 seasons and a final 8th season in the works.

8. Harlots

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Although the shows are quite different in terms of setting and story, you’ll find that Harlots carries a lot of the same feelings you get while watching Reign. It’s a little more raunchy than Reign (it stars prostitutes, after all), and the setting, costumes, and writing are all fantastic.

9. The White Queen

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The White Queen was a mini-series based on Philippa Gregory’s novel series, The Cousins’ War. It’s set during the War of the Roses and tells the story of the three women who were competing for the throne of England at that time.

After you watch this one, check out the two sequels (in order), The White Princess and The Spanish Princess, both made by Starz.

10. Black Sails

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If you’re looking for something a little different but still hits those historical drama, romance, and fun beats of Reign, you might want to check out Black Sails. It’s essentially a prequel to Treasure Island and centers on the adventures of Captain Flint during the golden age of pirates.

11. Bridgerton

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Although Bridgerton is more focused on romance than politics, fans of Reign are still likely to enjoy this popular Netflix show. And with season 3 coming out soon, it’s a great time to get in on the hype!

12. Merlin

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If Bridgerton is the sexy romance version of Reign, then Merlin is the less sexy, more fantasy alternative fans will love. As the title alludes, it follows King Arthur and his wizard, Merlin, while they try to find their place in the world as young men.

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