Downton Abbey has been over for a while now, and life will never be the same for me. Ever since I've had DVR, it has been setup to record Masterpiece Classic on PBS which is how I discovered Downton during season one (a bandwagon fan I am not).
For all of you who loved Downton but haven't delved into Masterpiece's other fabulous shows yet, here are a few of my favorites that you should try out on PBS.org, Netflix, or Amazon Prime. Hopefully, they will help to fill the void that Downton left.
UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS | This series was only two seasons, but it is full of the drama you are used to in Downton. An aristocratic family and their downstairs servants navigates relationships with each other and life in London in 1936. It's been a while since I've watched it, but I remember not wanting it to end.
CALL THE MIDWIFE | I love this show just as much as Downton! I laugh and cry in every episode. The series is based on the memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth which I really want to read. The show tells the story of the midwives, nuns, and the people they serve in the poor East End of London in the 1950s and 60s. Season 5 just wrapped up and I'm hoping there will be a sixth. My husband will not even sit in the same room as me when I watch this. Too much labor and delivery going on for his taste!
CRANFORD | This is another Masterpiece oldie but goodie. It's the story of simple village life in the English countryside in the 1840s, filled with plenty of gossip, a young doctor's arrival, and the scandal of a proposed train route nearby (reminiscent of the Dowager Countess's issues with the arrival of electricity and telephones on the estate).