What to Watch — and Read — Now That ‘Downton Abbey’ Is Over

buccaneers
If you want to learn about wealthy Americans whose money props up aging British estates:

Edith Wharton’s unfinished The Buccaneers is the ultimate novel about the kind of convenient marriage that fueled the world of Downton Abbey: an American heiress and an impoverished British aristocrat. In The Buccaneers, which was made into one of the best miniseries of all time, four young, nouveau-riche American girls travel to the UK to capture marriageable lords and (this being Wharton) a lot more drama, pathos and pure misery than even Julian Fellowes can conjure. And it all comes from her characters’ flaws rather than freak accidents and diseases.