Suffering from ‘Downton’ withdrawal? These shows can tide you over until Season 4

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American audiences will finally get to see the final Season 3 episode of "Downton Abbey" this weekend. Feb. 17 marks the American premiere of the 2012 Christmas episode of "Downton," which originally aired in December across the pond.

It's always a bittersweet time for "Downton" fans: They get to see the exciting finale, but then have to wait for months and months for a new episode. If you just can't get enough "Downton," why not try marathoning the following TV shows to help get you through the worst of your "Downton" withdrawal symptoms? These shows might not seem similar to "Downton" on the surface, but they actually share many common themes.

"Game of Thrones"

On the surface, "Game of Thrones" is pretty much the polar opposite of "Downton Abbey." While "Downton" is all tea sandwiches and elegant dinners, "Thrones" is all horse beheadings and incest.

But "Game of Thrones" and "Downton Abbey" are both dramas that explore issues of social class and succession. While "Thrones" focuses on who will rule from the Iron Throne, "Downton" is all about who will succeed the current Earl of Grantham. "Game of Thrones" may be far more violent and sexy than "Downton," but both shows are critically acclaimed and cover much of the same thematic ground. And of course, both shows feature tons of attractive British actors as eye candy.


The long-running "Poirot" series is available to watch on Netflix and stars David Suchet as Agatha Christie's beloved detective, Hercule Poirot. If you enjoyed Anna's "I must become a detective to get Bates out of prison" arc on "Downton," then the crime aspect of Poirot is sure to appeal.

In particular, the episode "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" is eerily reminiscent of "Downton." This episode features a sharp-tongued old lady who's just like the Dowager Countess Violet, and it takes place during World War I. The episode is filled with mysterious deaths, rejected marriage proposals, nurses, and plenty of downstairs characters.

"Boardwalk Empire"

Both "Boardwalk" and "Downton" take place in the 1920s and deal with how men had to recover from their haunting experiences during World War I. But the two shows have far more in common. For example, "Downton" star Charlie Cox (who played Mary's love interest, the Duke of Crowborough, in the show's very first episode) also appears on "Boardwalk Empire" as Owen Slater.
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