It was just the show viewers needed to keep them company during a particularly gloomy and isolating winter, and PBS’ charming veterinary drama about James Herriot’s exploits provided them with just that. There are new actors and a better picture quality, but the heartwarming story is kept intact. The British drama first aired late last year in Europe before coming to America in January.
A reviewer for Decider praised All Creatures Great and Small when it first aired in the U.S., writing that it was the “most escapist bit of television you can find in January 2021.” She added, “All Creatures Great and Small takes modern viewers back to the idyllic farmlands of pre-World War II England, where nothing good is ever taken for granted and nothing bad can’t be solved with a word of kindness.”
Season 1 of All Creatures Great and Small just ended, but we’re already looking forward to Season 2, which will begin filming this year. While a release date for Season 2 of All Creatures Great and Small isn’t set in stone just yet, we do have plenty of recommendations for what to watch in the meantime. Shows like All Creatures Great and Small can be found here.
1. All Creatures Great and Small (1978)
The first season of All Creatures Great and Small aired in 1978, before the current series. The original All Creatures Great and Small, starring Christopher Timothy as veterinarian James Herriot, brought the stories of Herriot’s books to life. Looking for your next binge? Look no further than Season 2 of this endearing series if you haven’t seen the first version and can’t wait.
2. Call the Midwife
All Creatures Great and Small has a lot of cute animals, but Call the Midwife is still a popular British show that will keep you occupied while you wait for new episodes. The show is set in 1950s London and centers on a midwife and the nuns and nurses who work with her at Nonnatus House during that time period. Season 11 of Call the Midwife is currently in the works after the show debuted in 2012.
3. The Crown
You should definitely watch Netflix’s The Crown if you haven’t already. Season 1 of the critically acclaimed show begins in the 1940s and follows the lives of the British royal family through to the present day. Season 4 revisited Diana’s accession to the throne and delved into some of the monarchy’s most egregious scandals. We have a long time before Season 5 premieres to make up for lost time.
4. The Durrells in Corfu
Adapted from Gerald Durrell’s memoirs, The Durrells in Corfu is a period piece about a family in the 1930s living in Corfu, Greece. After Louisa (Keeley Hawes) loses her husband, the series follows her four children as they flee to sunny Corfu from the dreary England they’ve known. If there was ever a time to daydream about taking a trip to a tropical island, it’s now.
5. Young James Herriot
Can’t get enough of James Herriot from All Creatures Great and Small? We know exactly what you’re looking for when it comes to television shows. “Young James Herriot” is exactly what it sounds like: it depicts the life of famed vet Dr. James Herriot (Iain De Caestecker) from his time as an undergraduate student at Glasgow Veterinary School in the 1930s. Whirly Tyson (Amy Manson) and Rob McAloon (Ben Lloyd-Hughes) help Herriot get through vet school with his fellow students.
6. The Yorkshire Vet
Two veterinary doctors, Peter Wright and Julian Norton, share a practice in North Yorkshire, England, where they treat animals. The Yorkshire Vet introduces viewers to their worlds. Skeldale Veterinary Centre, where Wright works, even has ties to the animated film All Creatures Great and Small. As seen in The Yorkshire Vet, author Alf Wight, also known as James Herriot, had his own veterinary practice in Yorkshire.
7. Land Girls
Over the course of three seasons, the British drama Land Girls explores the lives of a group of women who served in the Women’s Land Army during World War II. Summer Strallen, Christine Bottomley, Jo Woodcock, and Becci Gemmell play four women who leave their lives behind to support their country during World War II on the Hoxley Estate.