A woman who mysteriously travels back in time to the 17th century is one of the most talked about shows on television right now, and Outlander is no exception. This is for four reasons: one is the show’s continued success even in its fifth season, and the other three are related.
Caitriona Balfe’s Claire Randall and Sam Heughan’s Jamie Fraser have captivated audiences since their on-screen introduction in season one, and we can’t seem to get enough of their epic love story, their attention to historical detail, the brutal battles, and, of course, all the steamy sex that permeates each episode like fog over the Scottish landscape.
If you finish watching Outlander and want to watch something else on the ever-growing list of streaming services, what do you do? And after looking through each platform, we’ve compiled a list of shows that even Outlander fans should watch because they share some key similarities with the historical drama.
1. Game Of Thrones (HBO)
There are seven kingdoms in Westeros and Essos, and the show Game of Thrones follows their struggles for power and control over the Iron Throne and the Seven Kingdoms, which have been praised and panned by critics alike.
Why it’ll appeal to fans of the Outlander series: There were gruesome battles and epic love stories galore in Game of Thrones as well as plenty of steamy sex during its first three seasons in particular. The show simultaneously tugs at your heartstrings and stabs you in the back.
HBO currently has all eight seasons of Game of Thrones available to watch.
2. The Witcher (Netflix)
Based on the Witcher novel series, it follows monster hunter Geralt of Rivia as he searches for meaning in his life while facing off against monstrous creatures, beasts, and the most evil of them all: humans.
Outlander fans will enjoy it because of the swordplay and racy sexual scenes, as much of the first season of The Witcher follows a pattern of violence and sexuality. This fantasy series will appeal to readers who enjoyed the sometimes bloody love scenes in Outlander.
The Witcher’s first season is currently available to watch on Netflix.
3. Black Sails (Hulu)
Black Sails tells the story of Captain J. Flint and his crew of pirates as they battle for survival and treasure on and around New Providence Island in the Bahamas in the early 18th century, with less of a focus on fantasy.
Why it’ll appeal to Outlander fans: Black Sails, like the Starz show that came after it, has plenty of heart-stopping action and convoluted storylines. While it lacks Outland’s romance and steamy sex, this pirate adventure more than makes up for it with sheer brutality.
You can watch every episode of Black Sails from beginning to end on Hulu.
4. Poldark (PBS)
When you return from war as the defeated party, what’s worse? When Redcoat Captain Ross Vennor Poldark returns from the American Revolutionary War to find his estate in disrepair and his true love on the arm of another man, he learns this lesson firsthand in the PBS Masterpiece series Poldark.
It’s a good fit for Outlander fans because it follows a character whose unwavering willpower gets them through one of life’s most trying moments, just like in Outlander. In the process of overcoming his pain, Poldark finds love again and begins his road to recovery.
PBS currently has all five seasons of Poldark available to watch online.
5. The Tudors (Hulu)
While other series such as Outlander and Game of Thrones have transported viewers to faraway lands set centuries ago, The Tudors has shown what it was like to live during the Tudor dynasty in England, which took place from 1485 to 1603. This historical drama focuses on King Henry VIII’s (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) reign, his numerous wives, and the political intrigue that existed at the time.
Why it’ll appeal to fans of the Outlander series: This premium cable series, The Tudors, has all the elements that later drew viewers to shows like Outlander, such as romance, politics, and violence. When you’re done with Claire and Jamie’s romance, turn to this show if you enjoy attention to detail, passionate love scenes, and gory deaths.
Hulu currently has all four seasons of The Tudors available for viewing.
6. Westworld (HBO)
What’s at issue: HBO’s hit science fiction western series Westworld is set in a futuristic amusement park with androids known as ‘hosts,’ who are abused by the park’s wealthy visitors in both good and bad ways. However, as the show goes on, the hosts begin to reflect on their past transgressions, sparking a revolution.
Westworld is not your standard sci-fi action series, which is why Outlander fans might enjoy it. The show is about sentient cyborgs in the near future and is not your typical science fiction action series. It has everything: revolution plots, ethical treatment of the working class, and some of the most epic television battles ever fought. Season 3 of Westworld will premiere in March 2020.
HBO has made all of Westworld’s episodes available for on-demand viewing.
7. Modern Love (Amazon Prime)
Modern Love, an anthology series from Amazon, premiered in the fall of 2019 to critical acclaim and mixed reactions. The eight episodes in the first season are all centered around a different character who is going through a different type of love. This romantic comedy has something for everyone, whether you’re into sex, platonic relationships, or finding love for yourself.
Why it’ll appeal to fans of the Outlander series: However, this intimate collection of love stories has all of the steamy sex and emotional beats found in Outlander, despite the lack of historical details, epic battles, or fantasy elements. Those who want to read about the ups and downs of falling in love will find it here.
True Romance’s first season is now available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.
8. Life On Mars (BritBox)
Much like the classic BBC series Outlander, Life On Mars is about a British detective who is sent back in time after an accident in 2006. As for what is happening to police detective Sam Tyler (John Simm), this supernatural drama doesn’t let up until the final episode, so the character and audience are left to wonder what is really going on.
Fans of Outlander will enjoy this science fiction police procedural because it has some elements in common with Outlander’s fantastical time travel elements. Like Claire in Outlander, who is trying to figure out how she was sent back in time and if she can return, Life Of Mars gives the viewer a chance to figure things out for themselves.
BritBox currently has both seasons of Life on Mars available for viewing.
9. Vikings (Hulu)
Season six of Vikings is currently airing, and it is based on the life of legendary Viking warrior Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), as well as the adventures of his sons, who carry on their father’s legacy as legendary and notorious warriors.
If you liked Jamie Fraser and his fellow Scots in Outlander, you’ll enjoy this historical drama about the vikings’ bravery and cunning, which is sure to appeal to fans of the series. Vikings is well-known for its violent battles, but it has also featured a number of explicit scenes.
Hulu currently has the first five seasons of Vikings available to watch.
10. Spartacus (Starz)
To sum it up: The Starz series called “Spartacus” is about a slave who leads an anti-Roman revolt and is based on the historical figure of the same name. In this series, Spartacus is mostly a gladiator before leading the revolt, and there is more than enough sickening violence and nudity to go around in his early life as a gladiator
If you enjoyed the first season of Spartacus, you’ll enjoy this one even more because it didn’t hold back in its depictions of violence during its three seasons in the early 2010s. Outlander fans who want more blood, guts, and death in their fiction should check out this new series.
Starz offers free streaming of Spartacus’ first three seasons.
11. Rome (HBO)
A historical drama on HBO, Rome focused on the time period when Rome was transitioning from being a Republic to an Empire. The first season of the show spends a lot of time on Julius Caesar’s rise and fall, from his civil war to his assassination on March 15th, 44 BC. In the second and final season, the focus is on the struggle for power that has ensued since the death of Julius Caesar.
Fans of Outlander will enjoy this HBO drama because of the high level of production value and attention to historical detail. Aside from the numerous gory action sequences, the show also has just enough romance to keep you entertained.
Rome is currently available to watch in its entirety on HBO.
12. When Calls The Heart (Netflix)
In this film, Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow) is a young school teacher who is suddenly thrust into a small coal-mining town in the west of Canada in the early part of the twentieth century. Elizabeth will have to adapt to life on the frontier and forge her own path if she wants to survive.
Outlander fans will enjoy this period piece set in the early twentieth century because of the “fish out of water” premise. There is enough death and heartbreak in When Calls The Heart to keep you reaching for a box of tissues instead of focusing on overly sexualized romantic encounters.
When Calls The Heart has five seasons available on Netflix.
It’s my hope that this list will help you discover some new and exciting shows to watch in between episodes of Outlander and seasons. Let us know in the comments if you can think of any other shows that would hold their own.
After graduating from Louisiana State University-Shreveport, Philip moved to St. Louis from his native Louisiana (not New Orleans). His three children chase him around the house when he’s not writing about movies or television. His dogs bark at the mailman when he’s trying to get their attention. Assuming everything goes according to plan, he’ll say that For The Love Of The Game is the best baseball movie ever.