Downton Abbey has finally come to an end, with a relatively happy resolution for all the characters that weren’t brutally killed off in earlier seasons. Some of us were done with the show years ago, after that initial spate of deaths; others couldn’t stop tuning in. But now that it’s finally, fully gone, how are we going to scratch that slightly elitist, soapy, costumed, British itch?
Fortunately, quality literature and television can fill the gap left by the Dowager Countess. For your consideration, we offer some of the best literary adaptations and original television shows that will fulfill specific Downton-related needs for desperate viewers, and maybe even offer more depth and nuance than Julian Fellowes’ soapy drama did.