The doors of “Downton Abbey” are closing for the last time. Though the PBS drama will air its series finale Sunday, there are plenty of other shows to watch. While no one can ever truly replace the Crawley family and their lovely staff, these shows might fill the “Downton” void. Below are some historical dramas available for binge-watching online.
“The Bletchley Circle” (2012)
Male WWII codebreakers have been highlighted in movies like “The Imitation Game,” but this series highlights the women who were there. After being codebreakers at Bletchley Park, four women decide to start investigating crime. Available on Netflix.
“Upstairs, Downstairs” (1971, 2010)
This series has garnered much comparison to “Downton Abbey,” and it’s easy to see why. The original 1970s TV series as well as the 2010 continuation follow the drama of a family living in a London townhouse with their servants in the 1930s. The original series is available on Acorn TV, while the newer series can only be watched if purchased.
“A Place To Call Home” (2013)
This drama takes place in the 1950s, a couple decades after “Downton” ends, but it still has the same drama. A nurse gets involved with a wealthy family in Australia, which sparks love stories and social class disputes. Available on Acorn TV.
Three Catholic girls come of age in Liverpool in the 1920s. Expect them to face many of similar challenges the downstairs staffers like Daisy (Sophie McShera) and Gwen (Leslie Rose) dealt with, but maybe with even more difficulty. The family is nearly living in poverty. Available on Acorn TV.
“Bomb Girls” (2012)
Do you love the recent storylines with Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Edith (Laura Carmichael) adapting to modern times and joining the work force? “Bomb Girls” follows a group of women who take on jobs building munitions during World War II while the men are fighting. Watch as they revel in their newfound independence. Unlike “Downton,” this is a Canadian drama. Available on Netflix.
“War and Peace” (2016)
This miniseries follows the Leo Tolstoy’s book of the same title. The epic tale takes place more than a century before “Downton” starts, but there are a lot of similar themes. Privileged young adults search for true love and meaning in their lives. Plus, fans who missed Rose in the final season will be happy to see that actress Lily James plays a major part in the series. Available on Lifetime.