10 best shows like Downton Abbey (2010)

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Downton Abbey 2010
A chronicle of the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era—with great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy.

List of the best shows and series like Downton Abbey (2010): Bridgerton, Parade's End, The Crimson Petal and the White, Cranford, Death Comes to Pemberley, Dracula, The Spanish Princess, The Tudors, Howards End, Belgravia.

Bridgerton (2020)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA

Wealth, lust, and betrayal set in the backdrop of Regency era England, seen through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family.

Parade's End (2012)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, military
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration00:59

The story of a love triangle between a conservative English aristocrat, his mean socialite wife and a young suffragette in the midst of World War I and a Europe on the brink of profound change.

The Crimson Petal and the White (2011)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration00:59

Follow Sugar into the underbelly of Victorian London seething with vitality, sexuality, ambition and emotion.

Cranford (2007)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genredrama
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:00

A rich and comic drama about the people of Cranford, a small Cheshire town on the cusp of change in the 1840s. Adapted from the novels by Elizabeth Gaskell.

Death Comes to Pemberley (2013)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genremelodrama, drama, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration03:00

Adaptation of PD James's bestselling homage to Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth and Darcy, now six years married, are preparing for their annual ball when festivities are brought to an abrupt halt.

Dracula (2013)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrehorror, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration00:43

It's the late 19th century, and the mysterious Dracula has arrived in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. He's especially interested in the new technology of electricity, which promises to brighten the night - useful for someone who avoids the sun. But he has another reason for his travels: he hopes to take revenge on those who cursed him with immortality centuries earlier. Everything seems to be going according to plan... until he becomes infatuated with a woman who appears to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.

The Spanish Princess (2019)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:55

The beautiful Spanish princess, Catherine of Aragon, navigates the royal lineage of England with an eye on the throne.

The Tudors (2007)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CountryRepublic of Ireland, Canada, USA, United Kingdom
Duration00:53

The Tudors is a history-based drama series following the young, vibrant King Henry VIII, a competitive and lustful monarch who navigates the intrigues of the English court and the human heart with equal vigor and justifiable suspicion.

Howards End (2017)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:30

The social and class divisions in early 20th century England through the intersection of three families - the wealthy Wilcoxes, the gentle and idealistic Schlegels and the lower-middle class Basts.

Belgravia (2020)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA

A tale of secrets and scandals set in 1840s London. When the Trenchards accept an invitation to the now legendary ball hosted by the Duchess of Richmond on the fateful evening of the Battle of Waterloo, it sets in motion a series of events that will have consequences for decades to come as secrets unravel behind the porticoed doors of London’s grandest postcode.

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Bleak House (2005)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genredrama
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration08:30

Bleak House is a fifteen-part BBC television drama serial adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel Bleak House, which was originally published in 1852–53. Produced with an all-star cast, the serial was shown on BBC One from October to December 2005, and drew much critical and popular praise. It has been reported that the total cost of the production was in the region of £8 million.

Upstairs Downstairs (2010)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration00:43

Set in 1936, the show takes viewers, old and new, back to the lavish world of Belgravia, London. A new set of occupants reside at 165 Eaton Place and viewers see how external and internal influences of the tumultuous pre-war period shape and mould the lives of this wealthy family and their servants.‬

Any Human Heart (2010)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration04:40

Jim Broadbent, Matthew Macfadyen and Sam Claflin take on the lead role of Logan Mountstuart in William Boyd's adaptation of his best-selling novel. From one man's emotional, tumultuous and unpredictable journey through the 20th century comes a funny, moving and ambitious four-part drama. Told through Logan's intimate journals, beginning with the idealism and arrogance of his youth, through the triumphs and tragedies of middle-age, to the unexpected dramas of his twilight years - his story reveals that all our lives are ultimately random, and defined by luck and seemingly inconsequential choices. Hayley Atwell, Natasha Little, Emerald Fennell, Ed Stoppard, Samuel West and Kim Cattrall star alongside Gillian Anderson and Tom Hollander as the lovers, wives, friends and infamous figures he encounters throughout his ordinary and yet utterly extraordinary life.

Emma (2009)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration04:00

Nothing delights Emma more than meddling in the love lives of others. But when she takes protege Harriet Smith under her wing, her plans can only end in disaster...

Poldark (2015)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genremelodrama, drama, history
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:44

Britain is in the grip of a chilling recession... falling wages, rising prices, civil unrest - only the bankers are smiling. It's 1783 and Ross Poldark returns from the American War of Independence to his beloved Cornwall to find his world in ruins: his father dead, the family mine long since closed, his house wrecked and his sweetheart pledged to marry his cousin. But Ross finds that hope and love can be found when you are least expecting it in the wild but beautiful Cornish landscape.

Empress Ki (2013)
Markimdb: 8.5
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountrySouth Korea

The story of the woman that would become Empress Ki, and her struggles as she worked her way through war, political conspiracies, and the imperial palace to become Empress of China. This Korean Drama re-imagines the historical figure as a fierce, independent woman who goes to extreme lengths to protect those she loves.

World Without End (2012)
Markimdb: 7
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, military, history
CountryGermany, Canada, United Kingdom, Hungary

Two hundred years after the construction of the great cathedral, the medieval town of Kingsbridge is taken under siege by Queen Isabella. Caris, a visionary young woman, inspires her people to stand up for their rights and revolt against to the most powerful forces of her time, the Church and the Crown.

Switched at Birth (2011)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genremelodrama, drama, family
CountryUSA
Duration00:43

The story of two teenage girls who discover they were accidentally switched as newborns in the hospital. Bay Kennish grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and a brother, while Daphne Vasquez, who lost her hearing at an early age due to a case of meningitis, grew up with a single mother in a working-class neighborhood. Things come to a dramatic head when both families meet and struggle to learn how to live together for the sake of the girls.

Elizabeth I (2005)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration03:43

Elizabeth I is a two-part 2005 British historical drama television miniseries directed by Tom Hooper, written by Nigel Williams, and starring Helen Mirren as Elizabeth I of England. The miniseries covers approximately the last 24 years of her nearly 45-year reign. Part 1 focuses on the final years of her relationship with the Earl of Leicester, played by Jeremy Irons. Part 2 focuses on her subsequent relationship with the Earl of Essex, played by Hugh Dancy. The series originally was broadcast in the United Kingdom in two two-hour segments on Channel 4. It later aired on HBO in the United States, CBC and TMN in Canada, ATV in Hong Kong, ABC in Australia, and TVNZ Television One in New Zealand. The series went on to win Emmy, Peabody, and Golden Globe Awards. The same year, Helen Mirren starred as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, with which she dominated the award season.

When Calls the Heart (2014)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryCanada, Romania, USA

Elizabeth Thatcher, a young school teacher from a wealthy Eastern family, migrates from the big city to teach school in a small coal mining town in the west.

Married (2014)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA

Married is a half hour comedy about being miserably in love. Russ and Lina Bowman can barely remember what life was like before kids, debt, and suburbia rained on their romance -- but every once in a while, in between the arguments about their declining sex life and who's driving carpool, they are reminded what drew them together in the first place -- they're best friends. The show also features Russ and Lina's friend AJ, who is recently divorced and pretending he's over his wife, and their other friend Jess, who is married to a much older man who can't keep up with her.

The Hollow Crown (2012)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genredrama, history
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration08:48

The Hollow Crown is a series of British television films featuring William Shakespeare's History Plays. The first Season is an adaptation of Shakespeare's second historical tetralogy, the Henriad: Richard II, Henry IV, Part I and Henry IV, Part II (treated as one film in two parts in the series) and Henry V. The Second Season is subtitled "The Wars of the Roses" as a reference to its scope. It is based on Shakespeare's first tetralogy: Henry VI: Part I, Henry VI: Part II, Henry VI: Part III (treated as two films in the series) and Richard III.

Man in an Orange Shirt (2017)
Markimdb: 8
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration00:30

A love story in two films charts the very different challenges to happiness for Michael and Thomas in the aftermath of World War 2, and to Adam and Steve in the present day.

House of Anubis (2011)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrehorror, thriller, fantasy, melodrama, drama, adventure, family, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration00:22

House of Anubis is a jointly Nickelodeon British, American, and Belgian mystery television series based on the Dutch-Belgian television series Het Huis Anubis aired in the Netherlands and Belgium. The series was created by Hans Bourlon and Gert Verhulst and premiered on Nickelodeon on New Year's Day 2011 in the United States and on 25 February 2011 in the United Kingdom. The series is the first Nickelodeon series to be filmed overseas, the first soap opera created by Nickelodeon and the channel's first soap opera aimed at children and teenagers. As of 25 February, the program will be broadcast on TeenNick. The show has since concluded its third season and as of 28 September 2013 Nickelodeon has not announced a fourth season.

Trust (2018)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:20

The trials and triumphs of one of America’s wealthiest and unhappiest families, the Gettys. Told over multiple seasons and spanning the twentieth century, the series begins in 1973 with the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, an heir to the Getty oil fortune, by the Italian mafia in Rome.

Tales of the City (2019)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genremelodrama, drama, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:04

Mary Ann returns to present-day San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter and ex-husband, twenty years after leaving them behind to pursue her career. Fleeing the midlife crisis that her picture-perfect Connecticut life created, Mary Ann is quickly drawn back into the orbit of Anna Madrigal, her chosen family and a new generation of queer young residents living at 28 Barbary Lane.

Dates (2013)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration00:25

Dates is a British television romantic drama series created by Bryan Elsley, who also created Skins, which first aired on Channel 4 on 10 June 2013, at 22:00, as part of its "Mating Season" programming, illustrating a series of first dates between online dating service users. The show's target audience is "ABC1".

Revenge (2011)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:43

When Emily Thorne moves to the Hamptons, everyone wonders about the new girl, but she knows everything about them, including what they did to her family. Years ago, they took everything from her. Now, one by one, she's going to make them pay.

Dancing on the Edge (2013)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration07:30

An explosive 1930s drama following a jazz band in London at a time of huge change.

Little Dorrit (2008)
Markimdb: 8.2
Genremelodrama, drama, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration00:30

Amy Dorrit spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father who is a long term inmate of Marshalsea debtors' prison in London. Amy and her family's world is transformed when her employer's son, Arthur Clennam, returns from overseas to solve his family's mysterious legacy and discovers that their lives are interlinked.




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