Addicted to ‘Outlander’? Here Are 5 Other Shows You Have to See
On Saturday, Outlander finished its first season, to the dismay of fans around the country. Based on the book series by Diana Gabaldon, it had a wildly successful first run, enjoying huge ratings, People’s Choice and Critics’ Choice Awards and a rabidly devoted fan base. Outlander follows Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a newlywed World War II nurse who’s transported back in time and falls in love with an 18th century Scottish warrior Jaime Fraiser (Sam Hueghan). But their affair faces more than a few obstacles; political rebellion, and Claire’s first husband, just to name a few.
The series blends romance, fantasy, rebellion and high drama, all against as stunning Scottish backdrop. It’s been praised for its storytelling, and portrayal of Claire as a complex, strong-willed leading lady. Outlander has also gained considerable attention for its explicit portrayal of the most intimate aspects of Jaime and Claire’s relationship. Whether you’re into adventure, political drama, or romance, the series has something for you.
If you’ve found yourself swept up in this epic story, chances are you’re wondering what to do with your Saturday nights now. Here are five shows that can keep you entertained until season two arrives.
1. Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones may be different in tone from Outlander, but it shares plenty of common themes. For one, there’s no shortage of sexy moments. There are also more than a few brave, resilient women to rival Claire. It features plenty of adrenaline-fueled, high-drama moments that will keep you on the edge of your seat. And while it’s set in a fantasy realm, Westeros can be just as easy on the eyes as the Scottish countryside. HBO is currently airing Game of Thrones’ fifth season on Sunday evenings. You can catch up with the entire series on Amazon on Demand, or with an HBO Now subscription.
Who was Mary Queen of Scots before she became infamous? In Reign, we get an inside look at her early life, her romantic tribulations, and how she learned to assert her power, even in the face of intense adversity. One of the cornerstones of Reign’s appeal to viewers is the steamy romance between Mary (Adelaide Kane) and Francis (Toby Regbo). Their chemistry and boundary-pushing love scenes have made fans fall in love with their story, even though history tells us theirs will ultimately be a tragic ending. Reign was recently renewed for a third season on The CW. You can catch up with previous episodes on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.
3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
On the surface, there’s not a whole lot that this teen series from the late ‘90s shares with Outlander. It’s set in modern day California. It has vampires, and werewolves, and a whole host of other creepy creatures. The world seems to be always facing one apocalypse or another. But Buffy the Vampire Slayer could appeal to Outlander fans for many reasons. The titular character is one of the strongest, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, is most memorable heroines in television history — and her star-crossed relationship with vampire Angel (David Boreanaz) is about as romantic as it gets. BtVS ran for seven seasons on The WB and UPN. You can watch the entire series on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.
4. Black Sails
Pirates and Scotsmen don’t have all that much in common, but that doesn’t mean Outlander fans won’t get a kick out of Black Sails. The series is a prequel to the adventure classic Treasure Island. It follows Captain Flint (Toby Stephens), a fearsome pirate, who brings together a young crew to fight off enemy ships. There’s tons of action and adventure, and plenty of eye candy for Outlander fans who are missing Claire’s fair beauty and Jaime’s kilted hotness. Black Sails just wrapped up its second season on Starz, but you can get caught up with the series on Amazon Instant Video.
This action-packed drama blends historical fiction, violent power plays and fascinating characters against the backdrop of the Viking Age. It follows Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a farmer, Earl, and fierce warrior who eventually rises to become the King of Denmark. Since it airs on the History Channel, it’s particularly impressive with regard to its costumes, settings and props. Like Outlander, it sweeps you up into another place and time, and it’s easy to get carried away with the dramatic storylines that unfold. You can watch the first three seasons of Vikings on Amazon Instant Video.