10 Brit TV Shows to Binge If You Still Miss Downton Abbey

With the arrival of Netflix's royal costume drama series The Crown, it's hard to forget about the show that kick-started our Anglophilia. Here's our picks to help dry your Downton tears

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If you still can’t seem to fill the void caused by last November’s departure of Downton Abbey, look no further. Our list will def fill your Brit fix and get you pumped for the debut of The Crown, Netflix’s highly-anticipated series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, dropping today.

Happy Valley
Set in present-day Calder Valley, Northern England, this dark drama follows a headstrong police sergeant who has to face the trauma of her daughter’s suicide not to mention living with an addict sister and raising her young grandson….all while catching criminals. *Spoiler* Matthew Lewis plays a suspect wanted for murder in Season 2—Potterheads rejoice!

Like a British Criminal Minds, this series depicts a recently separated detective sergeant as she’s recruited by her old team to help catch a serial killer who’s returned to the murder game after an 11-year hiatus. With a second season on its way in the New Year, now is the perfect time to binge this BBC gem.

A small English town is left reeling after the discovery of a young boy’s body on the beach. With all the town’s residents now possible suspects, will sexy David Tennant (Doctor Who, Jessica Jones, Harry Potter) a.k.a. Detective Inspector Alec Hardy, and his partner be able to solve the crime? Watch and see.

Love Sick
Formerly known as, ahem, Scrotal Recall, Netflix picked up this hilarious sitcom, told in flashbacks, last April and is set to debut its second season on November 17! After discovering he has chlamydia, Dylan (Johnny Flynn) is faced with the unfortunate task of contacting every person he’s had sex with and have THAT talk. Needless to say, it’s one awkward—and hilarious—conversation after another.

Call The Midwife
Like Abbey, Call The Midwife is also a fantastic period drama. Set in London’s East End during the ’50s and ’60s, the series depicts the lives of midwives working at a nursing convent in the impoverished district of Poplar. Based on the memoirs of real-life British nurse Jennifer Worth, the series has won numerous awards since its 2012 debut and the sixth installment of the series is set to be released in early 2017.

If you love the U.S. version of the dysfunctional-yet-loveable Gallagher fam as much as we do, then it’s time to start the U.K. original. Consisting of almost all the same characters you already adore (or hate) minus a few name changes, the original version will def keep you going long enough to forget all about that Abbey void.

The Paradise
Set in 1875, this period drama looks at a small town girl’s decision to work at England’s first department store, The Paradise. Between adjusting to her new life, her dislikable coworkers, and the glances of the brooding store owner, she becomes the store’s rising star. With the costuming and gorgeous sets up there with the best of British series, it’ll be v easy to obsess over.

The IT Crowd
This hilarious Brit-com won’t be giving you any #outfitgoals, but it does promise serious #LOLs. With baby-faced Bridesmaids cutie Chris O’Dowd, Katherine Parkinson, and director Richard Ayoade poking fun at all the classic I.T. support answers (“Did you try turning it off and on?” “Did you reboot?”), this workplace comedy, that ran from 2006 to 2013, is the perfect show to turn on when you want to have a low-key laugh.

North & South
Based on the 1855 novel by Elizabeth Gaskell, this period drama follows a young woman and her family who have been forced to move from the countryside of Southern England to the industrialized Northern England. With a swoon-worthy romance taking centre stage, you’ll forget all about the goings-on in the manor and be asking yourself, Crawley who?

Mr. Selfridge
This Brit-American period drama stars Jeremy Piven (Entourage) as Harry Gordon Selfridge, the iconic owner of London’s high end department store, Selfridge & Co. If you’re not watching for the costumes alone (giving serious Violet Crawley vibes), then the all-star cast including Frances O’Connor, Amanda Abbington and Happy Valley‘s Katherine Kelly, will totally win you over.

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