If you find yourself missing Poldark, check out our list of related period dramas to watch!


Poldark is officially over, so it’s disappointing we don’t have another season to look forward to this year. Still, more books in the Poldark series exist to adapt, so to find out what happens next, you can always read the books or hope that the show returns to our small screens once again in the years to come.

Till that day, here are thirty-five other period dramas that will hopefully fill the void of that Poldark addiction. I know I can’t be the only one obsessed with the sweeping romance, Aidan Turner’s abs (kidding but he does go shirtless quite a bit), and soapy plot twists…

WHERE TO WATCH

To make this list useful, I’ve included places (as of July 2020) to watch the film or TV Show in the U.S. Availability changes daily.


Top 35 Period Dramas To Satisfy Your Poldark Addiction

(In No Particular Order)


#1: The Musketeers (2014-2016)

The Musketeers
Photo: BBC

Why You Should Watch: This one is all about the entertainment factor. The Musketeers offers up romance, action, and several hot period drama men! Yes, watch this for Santiago Cabrera as the romantic Aramis. I know I do…Aidan Turner has some competition!

Content Note: TV-14

Where to Watch: Stream on Hulu or Prime. Buy on Digital or DVD.

#2: Poldark (1975-1977) & (1996)

Poldark 1975 - The Top 35 Period Dramas To Satisfy Your Poldark Addiction
Poldark (1975)
Photo: BBC

Why You Should Watch: There’s no better way to fill that Poldark addiction than actually watching Poldark! Take the year to binge the entire adaptation from 1975. And then watch the 1996 TV Movie featuring Ioan Gruffudd (I’m curious why such low ratings). It’s time to decide which one you like best.

Content Note: NR but likely TV-14.

Where to Watch (1975): Stream on Acorn TV, Acorn TV on Amazon, Hoopla, or buy on Digital or DVD.

Where to Watch (1996): Buy on Digital or DVD; stream on Britbox, Prime Video.

#3: Horatio Hornblower (1998-2003)

Horatio Hornblower - The Top 35 Period Dramas To Satisfy Your Poldark Addiction
Photo: A&E

Why You Should Watch: With eight epic television films, there are a lot of Horatio and heroic tales to love! It’s also a similar time period to Poldark if you’re seeking a Georgian costume drama. Plus, there’s Ioan Gruffudd again. Who doesn’t love Ioan??

Content Note: NR but likely feels TV-14.

Where to Watch: Buy on DVD.

#4: Wuthering Heights (1939), (1970) & (1992)

Wuthering Heights
The 1992 adaptation of Wuthering Heights. Photo: Paramount Pictures

Why You Should Watch: While Emily Bronte wrote Wuthering Heights during the Victorian Era, the story takes place in the late 1700s. Besides the time period, Wuthering Heights is revolutionary in the evolution of our Byronic Hero of the broody variety. And Ross Poldark comes from that lineage. He’s not a villain like Heathcliff, but he’s undoubtedly dark and similar in many ways, prone to violent outbursts and moodiness. Plus, there’s the smoldering.

Over the years, there have been several Wuthering Heights adaptations, but these three stand out. Laurence Olivier’s version is worth watching if you love classic romance.

Meanwhile, the 1992 adaptation is the closest to the plot of the book. However, it’s the Timothy Dalton 1970 adaptation that gives the best Heathcliff performance. I also see comparisons in the way Dalton and Turner interpret Byronic Heroes. It’s why I’m convinced Turner is destined for the role of Heathcliff. Please, can someone make this happen?

On a side note, if you’re looking for a soapy adaptation to satisfy that Poldark addiction, you can also check out the 2009 version starring Tom Hardy.

Content Note: The 1939 adaptation is NR but feels PG, while the 1970 version is rated G, and the 1992 version is PG.

Where to Watch (1939): Stream on Prime Video. Rent/buy on Digital or DVD. Also, be sure to check TCM listings as they occasionally air this one.

Where to Watch (1970): Buy on Blu-Ray.

Where to Watch (1992): Stream on DirectV, popcornflix, STARZ, or STARZ Amazon Channel. You can rent/buy on Digital or DVD.

#5: Jane Eyre (1983) & (2006)

Jane Eyre adaptations; The Top 35 Period Dramas To Satisfy Your Poldark Addiction
Photos: BBC

Why You Should Watch: Speaking of the Brontes, Charlotte’s Jane Eyre also revolutionized the Byronic Hero. While I love several adaptations of my favorite book, these two versions capture the spirit of the novel best. Again, Timothy Dalton is brilliant as a Byronic Hero. Meanwhile, it’s Ruth Wilson from the 2006 version who truly embodies the essence of Jane. However, both Janes and Rochesters are fantastic.

Content Note: TV-PG

Where to Watch (1983): Stream on Prime Video. Buy on DVD.

Where to Watch (2006): Stream on Hulu, Britbox, Britbox on Amazon, Prime Video, and HBO Max. Buy on DVD.

#6: Wolf Hall (2015)

Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall. Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn and Damian Lewis as Henry VIII.
Photo: BBC

Why You Should Watch: If you’re just looking for another excellent period drama with fabulous British actors, I highly recommend Wolf Hall about Henry VIII and his various wives. (All without being explicit.)

Content Note: TV-14

Where to Watch: Stream on Hoopla, PBS Masterpiece Amazon Channel, PBS Passport. Buy on Digital and DVD.

#7: Victoria (2016-)

Victoria image
Shown from left to right: Tom Hughes as Prince Albert and Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria. Credit: Courtesy of ITV Plc for MASTERPIECE

Why You Should Watch: For those who love watching period dramas about royals, I highly suggest Victoria. The romances will have you swooning in no time. You may also enjoy the drama if you like shows about the class structures with an Upstairs/Downstairs vibe. Overall, the filmmaking styles of Victoria and Poldark are comparable, so if you like Poldark, you’ll probably enjoy Victoria.

Content Note: TV-14

Where to Watch: PBS Passport, Prime Video, and Peacock. Buy on Digital or DVD.

#8: Reign (2013-2017)

Reign dancing image
Reign wedding. Photo: CW

Why You Should Watch: Reign is far from accurate, but who cares? This Mary Queen of Scots historical fantasy series is just so darn entertaining. Plus, Megan Follows IS hilarious as Catherine de Medici. Not to mention, several romances will steal your heart.

Content Note: TV-14

Where to Watch: Stream on Netflix. Buy on Digital or DVD.

#9: Jamestown (2017-)

Jamestown
Photo: Sky 1/PBS

Why You Should Watch: Look, Jamestown isn’t the best period drama of all time, but if you’re looking for something in a pinch, watch Jamestown. There’s a lot of intrigues to hold your interest. 

Content Note: TV-14

Where to Watch: PBS Passport, Prime Video, PBS Masterpiece Amazon Channel. Buy on Digital or DVD.

#10: Turn: Washington’s Spies (2014-2017)

Turn
Photo: AMC

Why You Should Watch: It’s time to go to America on a similar if slightly earlier timeline as Poldark. The writing is excellent about the first American spy ring. A great choice if you find yourself rooting for Poldark’s various causes. Plus, Jane Austen fans will love seeing their very own Mr. Tilney (J.J. Feild) on the screen.

Content Note: TV-14

Where to Watch: Stream on Netflix. Buy on DIgital or DVD.

#11: Les Miserables (1998)

Les Miserables - The Top 35 Period Dramas To Satisfy Your Poldark Addiction
Photo: Columbia Pictures

Why You Should Watch: Most of you have probably seen the Hugh Jackman musical by now, but have you seen the book’s 1998 adaptation? While quite a bit gets cut out, I appreciate the quiet and tender romance of the film. It stars Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Claire Danes, Hans Matheson, and Uma Thurman. And on a side note, George’s obsession with Ross has always reminded me of Javert’s obsession. He never gives up.

After watching this movie, you should also check out the 2018 miniseries starring Dominic West and David Oyelowo.

Content Note: PG-13

Where to Watch: Stream on IMDB TV. Rent/Buy on Digital or DVD.

#12: Ordeal by Innocence (2018)

Ordeal by Innocence
Photo: Amazon Prime

Why You Should Watch: Perhaps you’re missing Eleanor Tomlinson on your small screen. May I suggest an Agatha Christie period mystery starring our favorite Demelza?

Content Note: TV-MA

Where to Watch: Stream on Amazon Prime. Buy on Digital or DVD.

#13: And Then There Were None (2015)

And then there were none
Photo: BBC

Why You Should Watch: After finishing Ordeal by Innocence, take a look at another mystery. This time it stars Aidan Turner in a mysterious role. Sometimes, watching films with our favorite actors helps with that Poldark addiction!

Content Note: NR but fluctuates between feeling TV-14 to TV-MA.

Where to Watch: Stream on Hoopla, Acorn TV, and Acorn TV Amazon Channel. Buy on Digital or DVD.

#14: Vanity Fair (2018)

Vanity Fair - The Top 35 Period Dramas To Satisfy Your Poldark Addiction
Photo: ITV

Why You Should Watch: I recommend Vanity Fair for Elizabeth fans who understand why she chooses money over love. I mean, she’s no Becky Sharp!

Content Note: 13+

Where to Watch: Stream on Prime Video. Buy on Digital or DVD.

#15: The War of the Worlds (2018)

The War of the Worlds - The Top 35 Period Dramas To Satisfy Your Poldark Addiction
Photo: BBC

Why You Should Watch: I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m super psyched to watch a period adaptation of the Sci-Fi HG Wells classic! And did I mention the miniseries also stars Eleanor Tomlinson?

Content Note: Rating Unknown.

Where to Watch: AMC, Fubo TV. Buy on DVD.

#16: The Woman in White (2018)

The Woman in White
Credit: Courtesy of The Woman in White Productions Ltd. / Steffan Hill / Origin Pictures

Why You Should Watch: Wilkie Collins’ Gothic detective story’s latest adaptation exceeded my expectations. A gripping adaptation with two lovely female characters to root for!

Content Note: TV-PG

Where to Watch: Stream on PBS Passport, PBS Masterpiece Amazon Channel. Buy on Digital or DVD.

#17: The Paradise (2012-2013)

The Paradise; period dramas like Poldark
Photo: BBC

Why You Should Watch: If you’re dying for a period drama romance, look no further than the very likable series The Paradise. I still miss this one! For Poldark fans, you’ll love seeing Ruby Bentall in season one.

Content Note: TV-PG

Where to Watch: Stream on Prime Video. Buy on Digital or DVD.

#18: Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)

Far From the Madding Crowd
Far From the Madding Crowd
Photo: Fox Searchlight

Why You Should Watch: While the setting is Victorian England, the story deals with similar themes of betrayal, love, and loss, as seen in Poldark. And if you’re looking for a romantic hero without Ross Poldark’s deep flaws, I recommend you check out this beautiful adaptation of a classic novel and breathe in the loveliness that is Gabriel Oak.

Content Note: PG-13

Where to Watch: Rent/buy on Digital or DVD.

#19: Lorna Doone (2000)

Lorna Doone
Photo: BBC

Why You Should Watch: Like Poldark, the setting plays a vital role in Lorna Doone as does the theme of classism. Then there’s the star-crossed romance, revenge, and importance placed on two family names who despise one another. A definite must-see for all fans needing something to satisfy their Poldark addiction.

Content Note: TV-PG

Where to Watch: Buy on DVD/Blu-Ray or Stream on Amazon Prime.

#20: Amazing Grace (2006)

Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace with Ioan Gruffudd and Romola Garai.
Photo: Samuel Goldwyn Films

Why You Should Watch: Ross Poldark is always up for a good cause. Therefore, if you love movies about characters fighting for all that is just and true, look no further than this gorgeous period piece about William Wilberforce and his fight to end the slave trade. Plus, Ioan Gruffudd and Romola Garai’s romantic chemistry is terrific. The film also stars period favorites like Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon, Ciaran Hinds, and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Content Note: PG

Where to Watch: Stream on Prime Video. Buy on Digital or DVD.

#21: Belle (2013)

Belle
John Davinier and Dido Elizabeth Belle.
Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Why You Should Watch: Belle is an underrated romantic period drama set in the sameish time period as Poldark. Like Amazing Grace, the film focuses on the abolishment of slavery and fighting for a good cause. It also just so happens to be a gorgeous old-fashioned romance as well. An absolutely lovely film that I highly recommend.

Content Note: PG

Where to Watch: Rent/Buy on Digital or DVD.

#22: Lark Rise to Candleford (2008-2011)

Lark Rise to Candleford
Photo: BBC

Why You Should Watch: Poldark can get pretty dark at times, so perhaps you need an uplifting break from all the tragedy. Lark Rise should fit the bill perfectly. Watch this one when you just want to feel warm inside. You can also be on the lookout for a younger Ruby Bentall in a delightful and funny role.

Content Note: TV-PG

Where to Watch: Stream on Hulu, Britbox, Britbox Amazon Channel, Or DirectV. Buy on Digital or DVD.

#23: Little Dorrit (2008)

Little Dorrit
Amy and Arthur Wedding.
Photo: BBC Worldwide

Why You Should Watch: This is one of the best British miniseries out there. It has a fantastic script with a fabulous cast, including Claire Foy and Matthew Macfadyen. The romance is good too!

Content Note: TV-PG

Where to Watch: Stream on Prime Video, STARZ, or Pluto TV. Buy on Digital or DVD.

#24: Bleak House (2005)

Bleak House
Photo: BBC

Why You Should Watch: A will takes front and center in this excellent period drama, adapted from a Charles Dickens novel. If you haven’t seen Bleak House yet, now’s a perfect time!

Content Note: TV-PG

Where to Watch: Stream on Britbox, Britbox Amazon Channel, or Hulu. Buy on Digital or DVD.

#25: Mercy Street (2016-2017)

Mercy Street
Photo: PBS

Why You Should Watch: If you love the medical side of things and everything Dr. Enys, perhaps you should give the American period drama Mercy Street a chance!

Content Note: TV-14

Where to Watch: Stream on Prime Video, PBS Passport. Buy on Digital or DVD.

#26: Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

Sybil and Branson in Downton Abbey; period dramas like Poldark
Photo: ITV

Why You Should Watch: What better time to revisit our favorite characters from both the upstairs and downstairs? Downton Abbey is a classic to watch time and time again.

Content Note: TV-14

Where to Watch: HBO, HBO Max, Prime Video, or DirectV. Buy on Digital or DVD.

#27: My Cousin Rachel (2017)

My Cousin Rachel - The Top 35 Period Dramas To Satisfy Your Poldark Addiction
Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Why You Should Watch: If you love Poldark for the gorgeous Cornwall setting, you should also look at this Gothic period film.

Content Note: PG-13

Where to Watch: Rent/buy on Digital or DVD.

#28: Becoming Jane (2007)

Becoming Jane dance
Photo: Miramax

Why You Should Watch: After watching every Jane Austen adaptation (well worth your time), look at this lovely movie about Jane Austen’s romance with Tom Lefroy. While completely fictionalized, Becoming Jane will have you swooning almost as much as one of Jane’s novels.

Content Note: PG

Where to Watch: HBO, HBO Max, HBO Amazon Channel, DirectV. Rent/buy on Digital or DVD.

#29: Sanditon (2019)

Sanditon
Photo: PBS Masterpiece/ITV

Why You Should Watch: The romance is just as good as the love stories in Poldark! Plus, the more people that watch, the better chance of a season two renewal. 

Content Note: TV-14

Where to Watch: PBS Passport or the PBS Masterpiece Amazon channel. You can also buy on Digital and DVD.

#30: Belgravia (2020)

‘Belgravia’
Photo: EPIX

Why You Should Watch: If you’re looking for a quick miniseries to binge, Belgravia is a great choice. There are only six episodes in total and no cliffhanger. The story has romance, interesting female characters, and good writing from Julian Fellowes. 

Content Note: TV-14

Where to Watch: Belgravia is available on DVD, Epix, Epix Amazon Channel, or DirecTV.

#31: Beecham House (2019)

Beecham House; Period dramas like Poldark
Courtesy of ITV/FREMANTLE

Why You Should Watch: Tom Bateman is a young and upcoming star to watch out for. He has Aidan Turner star potential. You should also watch for the diverse cast, beautiful costumes and scenery, and delightful love stories.

Content Note: TV-14

Where to Watch: PBS Passport (for a limited time) or the PBS Masterpiece Amazon channel. You can also buy on Digital and DVD.

#32: Anne with an E (2017-2020)

Anne and Gilbert
Photo: Netflix

Why You Should Watch: While I was tough on this period drama adaptation of Anne of Green Gables at first, it grew on me over time. The romanticized style of the series and the gorgeous opening credits should appeal to Poldark fans. 

Content Note: TV-PG

Where to Watch: Stream on Netflix. Buy on Digital (Amazon) or DVD.

#33: The English Game (2020)

The English Game; period dramas like Poldark
Photo: Netflix

Why You Should Watch: Julian Fellowes does it again with this British period drama series. With excellent writing, swoony leading men, fabulous female characters, emotional plot twists, and more, you won’t want to miss this excellent series.

Content Note: TV-14

Where to Watch: Stream on Netflix. 

#34: Cursed (2020)

Nimue and Arthur in Cursed; period dramas similar to Poldark
Photo: Netflix

Why You Should Watch: It’s a fun historical fantasy romance about a young King Arthur with some great actors! You’ll also recognize Sofia Oxenham from Poldark.

Content Note: TV-MA for violence and sensuality.

Where to Watch: Stream on Netflix

#35: North and South (2004)

north and south kiss
Photo: BBC

Why You Should Watch: If nothing helps with your Poldark addiction, there’s always North and South. You can never go wrong with Richard Armitage’s smolders. Sigh.

Content Note: TV-PG

Where to Watch: Buy on Vudu (digital) or on DVD.

BONUS: If you don’t mind more explicit content, you can also check out Outlander and Desperate Romantics.

What period dramas similar to Poldark will you watch? Sound off below…


Top Photo: Sanditon (ITV), Anne with an E (Netflix), Beecham House (ITV), Poldark (BBC), Victoria (ITV), Cursed (Netflix House), and Horatio Hornblower (A&E). 

(NOTE: This list was first published in 2018, and has been updated for 2020.)

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