Move over Bridgerton! The Buccaneers is our latest TV obsession

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When Bridgerton first arrived on Netflix in 2020, a new generation became obsessed with historical dramas. Just like audiences of the past who fell in love with Pride and Prejudice, Downton Abbey, Little Women or Sense and Sensibility, fans of the steamy Netflix drama became captivated by an era of the past, where love stories were intertwined with a backdrop of an era filled with different fashion, culture and every-day life. 

Whilst historical romances and dramas are nothing new, Bridgerton marked the return of the Regency-Era love story in mainstream media, re-imagining the appeal of romances set in the turn of the 19th century to include a diverse imagining of the upper-class, a cast of up and coming actors as well as a soundtrack heavily influenced by modern-day tunes. 

Watch Below: The Buccaneers — Official Trailer | Apple TV+

Following the global success of shows like Bridgerton and The Great, audiences have been patiently waiting for their next fix of re-imagined historical shows. And it turns out that we didn’t have to wait too long! 

Enter The Buccaneers. Sure, it’s not quite a Regency-era tale (set in the 1870s compared to Bridgerton’s early 1800s), but it has everything you need; Flirty romance, killer outfits and a feminist spin on the commonly glorified time period. 

Inspired by Edith Wharton’s unfinished final novel of the same name, The Buccaneers follows a group of fun-loving American girls as they explore London and the stiff English aristocracy. Sent to secure husbands and titles, the buccaneers’ hearts are set on much more as an Anglo-American culture clash kicks off. 

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The Buccaneers is set in the 1870s. (Credit: Apple TV+)

Music is at the forefront of The Buccaneers, with Stella Mozgawa of the band Warpaint producing a modern soundtrack that blends seamlessly with the English aristocracy setting. 

The drama is packed with songs from today’s top female performers, including Taylor Swift, Boygenius, Maggie Rogers, Bikini Kill, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Angel Olsen and Brandi Carlile.

The Buccaneers also showcases original music from Folick, Lucius, Alison Mosshart, Warpaint, Gracie Abrams, Sharon Van Etten, Bully, Danielle Ponder and more.

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Fun-loving American girls take on London! (Credit: Apple TV+)

Led by an all-female creative team, The Buccaneers is written by series creator Katherine Jakeways and directed by Susanna White, who also serve as executive producers, alongside Beth Willis.

The show stars Kristine Frøseth, as Nan St. George, Alisha Boe as Conchita Closson, Josie Totah as Mabel Elmsworth, Aubri Ibrag as Lizzy Elmsworth, Imogen Waterhouse as Jinny St. George.

Christina Hendricks stars in the series as Mrs. St. George and Mia Threapleton stars as Honoria Marable, alongside an ensemble cast that also includes Josh Dylan as Lord Richard Marable, Guy Remmers as Theo, Duke of Tintagel, Matthew Broome as Guy Thwarte and Barney Fishwick as Lord James Seadown.

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The cast is stacked with some of the coolest young stars in Hollywood right now. (Credit: Apple TV+)

Where to Watch The Buccaneers in Australia

All eight episodes of season one are now available to stream on Apple TV+ in Australia, with season two also on its way. 

A release date for the second season is yet to be revealed, but we can’t wait to see what’s in store.

Stream The Buccaneers on Apple TV+ with a 7 day free trial. Subscribe here.

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