12 Shows Like Downton Abbey You Can Binge Watch Right Now

While there's a lot of cozy media, there's something special about the "Downton Abbey" franchise. Filled with iconic characters, incredible outfits, and delicious (yet tasteful) storylines, the ever-evolving saga of the Crawley family and their impeccable staff never seems to lose its charm or magic. Of course, all good stories must end. With "A New Era" having already come out this past spring, fans might be at a loss as to what to watch next.

Well, have no fear, "Downton" fans! This list will solve your binge-watching worries. Here, we'll look at a selection of shows perfectly tailored to fill your "Downton" size void. From equivalent costume dramas to choices a little more outside the box, each series has a vibe similar to the extravagant adventures of Lady Mary, Mr. Carson, and the rest of the Crawley gang. So sit back with your cup of tea, and let's dive into the world of streaming to discover the next show that will entertain you just as much as "Downton Abbey."

Rebecca (1997)

Where to stream: PBS Masterpiece

For those looking for a bite-sized taste of "Downton Abbey"-style drama, the 1997 mini-series version of "Rebecca" is a great place to start. Starring the iconic Charles Dance and Diana Rigg, the story centers on a young girl (Emilia Fox) who finds herself falling in love with handsome widower Maxim de Winter (Dance). The two get to know each other better and eventually marry, leading the new Mrs. de Winter to venture with her husband to his beautiful home, the grand estate known as Manderley. As Maxim's new bride gets to know her surroundings, she uncovers some haunting secrets that the house's primary supervisor, Mrs. Danvers (Rigg), is deeply invested in. 

Though the series follows many of the same beats as other adaptations, this version of "Rebecca" will likely check any "Downton" fan's boxes. The 1997 version's take on Manderley radiates some serious "Downton" energy in terms of its elegance and scale. In addition, Charles Dance's take on Maxim might remind fans of Brendan Coyle's John Bates since both characters share similar tragic stories filled with heartbreaking and haunting elements. Ultimately, these details (along with both series' similar aesthetic appeal) make this "Rebecca" a fantastic start to any costume drama binge.

The Durrells in Corfu (2016)

Where to stream: Amazon Prime

Based on Gerald Durrell's autobiographical book series, "The Durrells in Corfu" follows the comedic (and dramatic) adventures of the Durrells, a 1930s-era family who move from Bournemouth, England, to the Greek island of Corfu. The series showcases the family's struggles as they adjust to their new home. From having to fix a broken-down house to waking up with sheep in their bed, the show is a delightful blend of warmhearted silliness and genuine emotion. It's "Under The Tuscan Sun" meets "Enchanted April" with more hormones and animals.

Why does "The Durrells in Corfu" make for a binge-worthy successor for "Downton" fans? It's British comfort TV. Not only does the 1930s vibe pair exceptionally well with the late 1920s era of recent "Downton" adventures, but considering that "A New Era" primarily takes place in a French Villa, why not continue with another oceanside story? Plus, there's lots of fun fashion, deliciously quotable dialogue, and history (many of the show's real-life characters went on to have fascinating lives). If you're on the hunt for a show equivalent to reading a comfy book by the beach, "The Durrells in Corfu" checks all the boxes.

Land Girls

Where to stream: Acorn TV

Filled with lovable characters, "Land Girls" follows four young English women who travel to Hoxley Estate to help Pasture Farm as part of the Women's Land Army during World War II. As the series progresses, audiences see the fascinating paths each of the protagonists take. From various love affairs to hidden pregnancies, the show certainly knows how to turn up the drama. Yet, it's the relationship between the show's central foursome that makes it a heartwarming watch. Despite their drastically different lives and upbringing, they eventually find the common ground that allows the group to face anything, even during one of history's darkest chapters. 

If you're the kind of "Downton" fan who loved the drama of the 2nd season, then "Land Girls" might just be the show for you. Just as the Crawleys and their relations have to work together to get through the trials of World War I, the lead characters of this series must face the challenges of the Second World War. In addition, for those who admire the war-torn love stories of "Downton," you'll likely find yourself in a similar romantic tizzy over Bea (Jo Woodcock) and Billy's (Liam Boyle) relationship. Simply put, this (and many other elements) makes "Land Girls" another great emotional comfort watch.

A Place to Call Home

Where to stream: Acorn TV

With multiple exciting seasons, the Australian drama "A Place to Call Home" features many intriguing twists and turns. The show centers on Sarah Adams (Marta Dusseldorp), a mysterious beauty who one day crosses paths with the wealthy Bligh family. Though she makes many connections within the group, the bond she has with handsome widower George (Brett Climo) draws her into their lives most of all. When Sarah discovers a secret involving George's son, James (David Berry), she becomes forever entangled in their dramatic web — a fact that the Bligh family matriarch, Elizabeth (Noni Hazlehurst), is not the least bit pleased about. 

While not quite as cozy as "Downton," "A Place to Call Home" contains many of the same regal qualities fans love about Julian Fellowes' hit series. Many have referred to it as Australia's answer to "Downton." Considering both series' penchant for lavish sets and costumes along with high-stakes drama, that assessment absolutely checks. Despite its more intense presentation, "A Place to Call Home" deserves a spot on this list because of the themes it shares with "Downton." From characters searching for a place of acceptance in high society to both series featuring a mixed religion storyline, the shows have more in common than just their aesthetic appeal. 

Miss Scarlet and the Duke

Where to stream: PBS Masterpiece

For those looking for a delicious mystery, "Miss Scarlet and the Duke" will undoubtedly check all your boxes in a regal fashion. Starring Kate Phillips and Stuart Martin, the series follows the adventures of history-making female detective Eliza Scarlet (Phillips) and her encounters with her lifelong pal turned colleague, William Wellington (Martin), aka the Duke. Together, they try to solve a significant crime while going against societal expectations and attempting to fan the flames of their attraction to each other. 

Though there are many reasons for "Miss Scarlet and the Duke" to make this, the show's main attractions are the fantastic romance at the center and one key cast member. First and foremost, the chemistry between Phillips and Martin is electric and gives off major Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) and Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) energy. They're a joy to watch, and much like Matthew and Mary, getting to see their relationship play out is a thrill. As for the cast member, "Downton's" own Kevin Doyle (aka Mr. Molesley) takes on the role of Eliza's dad, Henry Scarlet, making the show a treat for "Downton" fans. 

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

Where to stream: Acorn TV

Much like "Downton Abbey," "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries" has become a beloved classic. The show follows Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis), a wealthy, confident social butterfly who also happens to be a private detective in Melbourne, Australia, circa the 1920s. Throughout the show, witness Phryne solving various crimes while attempting to get to the bottom of a larger, more personal mystery at the center of her story. There are also many amazing costumes, musical sequences, romances, and, of course, the fabulous antics of Miss Fisher. 

With its worldwide fanbase, it's obvious why "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries" is included on this list. Yet, what makes this a perfect show for "Downton" fans is its strong characters. First, Phryne comes across as a great blend of Lady Mary, Lady Rose (Lily James), and Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown Finley), making her a fantastic leading lady right from the start. There are also supporting players, like the progressive Prudence Elizabeth Stanley (Tammy MacIntosh), the loyal Mr. Butler (Richard Bligh), and the fascinating Dorothy "Dot" Williams (Ashleigh Cummings). They all add a bit of magic to the show — just like "Downton's" lovable bunch. Overall, it's easy to fall under the spell of Miss Fisher's world and her intriguing adventures. 

All Creatures Great and Small (2020)

Where to stream: PBS Masterpiece

Do you love animals and cozy cottages? Then the recent adaptation of James Alfred Wight's "All Creatures Great and Small," might be right up your alley. Audiences follow the adventures of veterinarian James Herriot (Nicholas Ralph), a young graduate who finds himself taking on a position in the Yorkshire Dales. The job? Working as the assistant to the local animal specialist, Siegfried Farnon (Samuel West), a grumpy employer whose gone through many applicants before James. Along the way, James meets Siegfried's brother, the resentful Tristan (Callum Woodhouse), and a possible love interest in Helen (Rachel Shenton). 

Despite its significant differences from the original books and 1978 TV series, this take on "All Creatures Great and Small" has a lot of magical qualities, many of which "Downton Abbey" fans will instantly fall in love with. For instance, a few episodes are helmed by longtime "Downton" director Brian Percival, who does a great job establishing the series's vibe. In addition, there are silly dilemmas, intriguing love triangles, and of course, one of the last performances by the iconic Diana Rigg, who plays a wealthy lady with just as much sass as the Dowager (Maggie Smith) herself. This show has all of the ingredients to be a new favorite for "Downton" fans — plus more cute animals! 

Upstairs, Downstairs (2010)

Where to stream: Hulu

Serving as a continuation of the 1971 series, the 2010 revival of "Upstairs, Downstairs" follows the original's parlormaid, Rose Buck (Jean Marsh), as she returns to work at 165 Eaton Place in the 1930s. Upon re-entering the townhouse, Rose encounters the home's new residents, including Sir Hallam (Ed Stoppard), Lady Agnes Holland (Keeley Hawes), and many of their incredibly fascinating family members. As with most "Upstairs, Downstairs" stories, drama is always around the corner, especially when characters like the spicy Lady Persephone Towyn (played by "The Crown's"  Claire Foy) are strutting the streets of London.

While it would seem logical to include the original "Upstairs, Downstairs" on this list, the sequel is a great starting place for "Downton" fans because, for some modern viewers, watching a series from the early '70s might be too much of a leap. Plus, when considering that this "Upstairs, Downstairs" came out around the time of "Downton Abbey's" first season, it would only make sense for fans to give this show a try since they share a lot of visual (and narrative) similarities. So if you're looking for a show with fabulous dinner parties, costumes, and socialite and household staff relations, "Upstairs, Downstairs" is the show for you.

Mr. Selfridge

Where to stream: Freevee and PBS Masterpiece

Based on the life of the famous department store magnate, "Mr. Selfridge" follows the highs and lows of Harry Gordon Selfridge (Jeremy Piven) as he manages his first store in London in 1908. From steamy lover affairs to in-store hijinks, audiences step into the show's glamorous world that perfectly balances comforting situations with intriguing drama. At the heart of the show are Harry Selfridge's relationships with his various workers, a factor that "Downton" fans will immediately notice. 

Like "Downton's" Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville), Harry Selfridge isn't the most levelheaded person. Sure, he has a heart the size of his store, but Harry often lets the "self" in his last name take charge of his life choices. Yet, there is, thankfully, a multitude of characters that keep Harry's ego in check, much like the staff in Robert's home do in "Downton." From the mature Mr. Grove (Tom Goodman-Hill) to the fascinating Henri Leclair (Grégory Fitoussi), every character has a part to play in Harry's journey. Overall, these various dynamics along with the beautiful aesthetics of the show should make "Mr. Selfridge" a treat for "Downton" fans. 

The Forsyte Saga (2002)

Where to stream: PBS Masterpiece

If your favorite part of "Downton Abbey" was watching the family drama unfold, then the 2002 adaptation of John Galsworthy's trilogy "The Forsyte Saga" will likely be your cup of tea. Beginning in the 1870s and concluding in the 1920s, audiences witness the delicious secrets and dramatic tension of three generations of the Forsyte family's history. Viewers also see incredible costumes, steamy romances, and, of course, stunning party scenes, all of which add up to one immensely entertaining piece of costume drama TV.

Yet, what makes "The Forsyte Saga" a must-watch for "Downton Abbey" fans is the cast. Featuring talented folks like a young Damian Lewis as the cold-but-handsome Soames Forsyte to Ioan Gruffudd as the romantic architect, Philip Bosinney, there are many fascinating figures to latch onto. "Downton" fans will also love spotting familiar faces like actor Julian Ovenden (aka Charles Blake, one of Lady Mary's romantic interests), who makes an appearance later on as one of the children. All in all, between the cast and the drama, "The Forsyte Saga" has all the trimmings and trappings to hook "Downton" fans.

Call the Midwife

Where to stream: Pluto TV

If there ever was a show with a character as comforting and adorable as "Downton Abbey's" Beryl Patmore (Lesley Nicol), then "Call The Midwife" definitely fits the bill. Beginning in the 1950s, the series follows a group of nurses who help deliver babies in London's East End. The premise might sound simple, but there's something genuinely magical about watching the show's various bright-eyed nurses and nuns take on everyday challenges with pep in their step. That is likely why so many viewers have come to love the series since its 2012 debut.

What makes this an excellent show for "Downton Abbey" fans is seeing the series' broad array of characters deal with significant social shifts. From abortion to working-class struggles, "Call The Midwife" doesn't shy away from showing how its characters adapt to their ever-evolving society. While some audiences might not want to see these real-world topics in their more comforting programming, "Call The Midwife" handles these subjects with care and grace. Plus, it's nearly impossible to resist a show with the likes of Miranda Hart and Helen George in its ever-changing cast.

The Gilded Age

Where to stream: HBO Max

Helmed by "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes, "The Gilded Age" focuses on various high society families living in New York City in 1888. At the center of the series is Bertha Russell (Carrie Coon), a "new money" socialite who desperately wants her family to be accepted by her uptown community. There's also Agnes van Rhijn (Christine Baranski), one of the highest ranking examples of the "old money" left in Manhattan, who is willing to do just about anything to avoid the Russells. As the series progresses, audiences witness the juicy ways these two try to outwit one another while navigating the changing world around them — a challenge that especially becomes interesting when various members of their "tribes" ignore their differences and befriend one another.

While the series isn't as comforting as "Downton Abbey," " The Gilded Age" features many of the same themes fans love in Julian Fellowes' work. Some stories discuss class structure, forbidden romances, and the ever-changing social decorum of the era. Of course, the show hasn't quite figured out how to balance the tales of its household staff with those of the upper-crust family members. Despite that noticeable flaw, "The Gilded Age" clearly has a lot of potential, just like "Downton" did when it first began.