Saying that 2020 was a stressful year must be the understatement of the century. Many sought some relief in streamed entertainment. If you need things to watch in the new year, read our list of the top costume dramas to stream right now.
A feast for the eyes for Regency drama enthusiasts, “Bridgerton” is a new serial drama from Shonda Rhimes, based on the romance novels by Julia Quinn. All the usual elements of Regency courtship and society plus lavish costumes make for a delightful romp. Diverse casting led by Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte and Regé-Jean Page as the Duke of Hastings leads you through a tale of love and light-hearted deception.
From Masterpiece and PBS comes this adaption of Jane Austen’s unfinished work. Set in a developing seaside resort, “Sanditon” offers many of the typical aspects of an Austen romantic drama including a dark, brooding hero, a spunky heroine, and a mysterious heiress.
The Spanish Princess
Premiering on Starz and now streaming on Netflix, this is the story of Catherine of Aragon before she married Henry the VIII, through her marriage to Henry’s brother Arthur and then to Henry himself. Stunning costumes and court intrigue will keep your attention for 16 episodes.
If you haven’t already made it through the five seasons of “Poldark,” now is the time to start and enjoy. Captain Ross Poldark returns from service to England after the American Revolution to find his love married to another and his affairs in disarray. Stream it on PBS or Amazon Prime.
Maggie Smith’s zingers as the Dowager Duchess make this series irresistible. In six seasons of fabulous fashion, family angst, love and loss, and a good measure of wit, “Downton Abbey” has entered the realm of classic, well-loved Masterpiece series.
Through all these magnificent costume dramas to stream now, you’ll get a glimpse of the history of elegant, formal dress and the courtly manners that go with them. No matter what you feel like watching, any of these dramas are a safe bet.