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    Default If I loved Downton, what else might I enjoy watching?

    I just finished getting caught up on all four seasons of Downton Abbey. What was great about it was that my husband didn't care to watch the whole thing, although he enjoyed the ones he saw, so I could pop in an ep in my office/the spare bedroom and do my daily exercise and stretching.

    So what other series could I watch with the same level of interest? I love Mad Med but have watched the whole thing a couple of times.

    I hated Breaking Bad.

    What else could I watch?
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    What kind of shows do you like? There's a bunch of Downton-esque shows on Netflix that you can watch.
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    while it is not contemporary, nothing holds a candle to the original Upstairs Downstairs


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    North and South is on Netflix! Oh, it stars Richard Armitage! (swoon) It's worth signing up just for that aha. And I think the BBC Pride and Prejudice is on there too.

    I'm a sucker for costume dramas!


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    Quote Originally Posted by LexInVA View Post
    What kind of shows do you like? There's a bunch of Downton-esque shows on Netflix that you can watch.
    I don't use Netflix. We still have a great rental place here, so I'm holding out as long as they do. Really, Mad Men is the only series TV I have gotten into.

    I know there must be some shows I missed out on. What's the one with Glenn Close?


    Quote Originally Posted by hoopoe View Post
    while it is not contemporary, nothing holds a candle to the original Upstairs Downstairs
    Hmmmm...that's an idea!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pipkin View Post
    North and South is on Netflix! Oh, it stars Richard Armitage! (swoon) It's worth signing up just for that aha. And I think the BBC Pride and Prejudice is on there too.

    I'm a sucker for costume dramas!
    Me too! I watched the 1980's P and P over and over and over. I still have the VHS tapes.

    We just re-watched Brideshead Revisited with Jeremy Irons a few years ago, otherwise that would be a no-brainer.
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    Me too!!! Last time I had flu I watched the whole thing in one sitting haha. It makes me feel so warm and fuzzy inside Most of the Austin adaptations are very good, guessing you've seen most of them?



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    On PBS: Call the Midwife-- based in the late 50s London, based on real stories of a midwife's experiences in post-war east end. Lots of "Masterpiece Theater" reruns available, too.
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    I love all things Jane Austin. I recently watched Monarch of the Glen, Doc Martin, and Wuthering Heights (the newest one) and loved them all. I am currently on US shows so Sons of Anarchy, Dexter, and Orange is the New Black.



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    Quote Originally Posted by hoopoe View Post
    while it is not contemporary, nothing holds a candle to the original Upstairs Downstairs
    I agree. Downton Abbey is just a glamorous version with a much bigger budget. Upstairs Downstairs was more realistic and believable.

    Although it's only a movie, Gosford Park has the master/servant elements with a mystery thrown in.



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    hulu.com - you can watch Coronation Street over a 100 episodes for free!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Calvincrowe View Post
    On PBS: Call the Midwife-- based in the late 50s London, based on real stories of a midwife's experiences in post-war east end. Lots of "Masterpiece Theater" reruns available, too.
    I watch those on DVD from my library. I was *so* sad that there were so few episodes. I've just gotten another of the books it was based on from interlibrary loan and am looking forward to reading it.

    I just watched The Aristocrats -- the costumes are gorgeous, and they were able to film in the actual house in Ireland where some of the main characters lived. Be sure to watch 'the making of' bit where they show how they dealt with the modern things that had been added to the house, like covering up light switches, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ellebeaux View Post
    hulu.com - you can watch Coronation Street over a 100 episodes for free!!!
    It has to be something I can watch on TV. I can't watch the computer screen from the floor. Our living room TV is "smart" but there's no room to do my routine.

    Maybe I need some tech advice as well?

    I have never seen the Colin Firth version, Pipkin. Okay, that's going on my list!
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    How about the Poldarks? Set in 18th century Cornwall.
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    I loved the old PBS series The Pallisers.. so rich and complex, on both the personal and political level.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075557/

    It is available via Netflix ... don't know if your library has it.

    (and via Amazon

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Pallisers-.../dp/B0002S648C )



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    This list seems like the mother lode:

    http://www.imdb.com/list/o5fxovfCWiw?ref_=tt_rls_4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bristol Bay View Post
    It has to be something I can watch on TV. I can't watch the computer screen from the floor. Our living room TV is "smart" but there's no room to do my routine.

    Maybe I need some tech advice as well?

    I have never seen the Colin Firth version, Pipkin. Okay, that's going on my list!
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    If you loved Downton and U/D, you might like Manor House from PBS, available free on Amazon Prime.

    http://www.pbs.org/manorhouse/
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    Mr. Selfridge is good.


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    I also really enjoyed this little British series, Cranford, on Amazon Prime.

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/cranford/
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