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5 Period Dramas Like Downton Abbey

Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Brown Findlay, Samantha Bond, and many, many, more.

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This story is a historical fiction drama during the years 1912-1925, in a Yorkshire country estate called Downton Abbey. This period drama has collected many awards and recognitions. Downton Abbey tells the story about the contrasting lives of the rich and the poor in the pre-WW1 era. This show makes us feel their anguishes, their sacrifices, and their joys and pains. By seeing and feeling, we understand that whatever social status you have, in the end, we all have the same experiences.

Here are more period drama series like Downton Abbey that will get you hooked and make you feel plenty of mixed emotions.


Starring: Jeremy Riven, Amanda Abbington, and Aisling Loftus

In this series similar to Downton Abbey, travel back to 1910. Harry Gordon Selfridge is the flamboyant and imaginative owner of Selfridge & Co., a booming department store in London. Mr. Selfridge is on a mission, he wants to make people love shopping as much as sex. Get ready for the unexpected in this addition to our list of shows like Downton Abbey!

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Call The Midwife

Starring: Helen George, Miranda Hart, and Jenny Agutter

Call The Midwife is an in-depth look at the memoirs of the real Jennifer Worth, set in the 1950’s. (The real Jennifer died shortly after the first episode.) The story starts with Jennifer’s new job at a nursing convent as a midwife, in a disadvantaged part of East End, London. Jenny’s new home is not what she expected but she soon accepts her new surroundings. The community is full of interesting people. Being a midwife is hard work, and Jenny has to deal with many hardships, but is also rewarded with many joys! Understand the life of a midwife in the ”postwar era” in one of the most heartfelt additions to shows like Downton Abbey.

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Mercy Street

Starring: AnnaSophia Robb, Tara Summers, and McKinley Belcher III

Mercy Street must belong in shows similar to Downton Abbey, it is also based on real events. During the Civil War, two nurses from different sides of the war join together to help citizens and soldiers. The women have to combine their talents to overcome the conflicts that arise during one of the most violent times in history. Get an inside look at the lives of the Americans during the Civil War in this series like Downton Abbey.

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Starring: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, and Tobias Menzies

Outlander must be added to Downton Abbey show suggestions. Claire Randall is a married combat nurse living in 1945. One day she is inexplicably transported back to 1743, where she is obliged to marry Jamie Fraser, a romantic Scottish warrior. In this new world, her life is in danger and also her heart. She is falling in love with her new ”husband”, but what about the one she left behind (or ahead)  in 1945? Here is a moving addition to shows like Downton Abbey, that will make your heart swell for Claire while she ponders tough choices about love and life.

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Ripper Street

Starring: Matthew Macfadyen, Adam Rothenberg, Jerome Flynn, MyAnna Buring, and Charlene McKenna

The county of Whitechapel is in disarray after the Jack the Ripper murders. The police are trying to control the population due to the turmoil that ”Jack” has caused in 1889 East End, London. The disreputable H Division is in charge of getting things back to normal. Watch this crime series set in 1889 London and learn more about the ”Jack the Ripper” Ripper Street is one of the best shows like Downton Abbey.

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