12 Shows Like ‘Call the Midwife’ and Where to Stream Them

Call the Midwife Season 11 has come to an end. Fortunately for fans of the heartwarming period drama, the show has already been renewed for season 12 and 13. But new episodes likely won’t air on PBS until sometime in 2023. Until then, stream one of these 12 shows like Call the Midwife, which will fill the gap until we return to Nonnatus House

‘All Creatures Great and Small’ 

Tristan and James leaning on a fence in 'All Creatures Great and Small' Season 2
‘All Creatures Great and Small’ | Courtesy of Playground Television (UK) Ltd.

A young vet named James Herriot (Nicholas Ralph) takes a job at a small Yorkshire practice in this 1930s-set series that premiered in 2021 on PBS. All Creatures Great and Small delivers the kind of heartwarming moments that Call the Midwife fans have come to love, though in this cast the patients are dogs, cows, and sheep rather than people.  

Two seasons streaming on PBS Passport and the PBS Masterpiece channel on Prime Video.

‘Doc Martin’

A successful but prickly doctor (Martin Clunes) abandons his life in London after he develops a fear of blood. He sets up a practice in a small coastal village in Cornwall and has to adjust to life in his surroundings in this long-running series, which is due to come to an end with its 10th season, airing in the U.K. later in 2022. 

Streaming on Hulu, Acorn TV, Tubi, and Pluto TV. 

‘Bramwell’ 

This 1990s period drama tells the story of Victorian-era physician Eleanor Bramwell (Jemma Redgrave) who opens a clinic in a London slum after she’s fired from her job at a hospital. Like Call the Midwife, it’s set in the impoverished East End and explores social issues such as racism, abortion, and domestic violence through a medical lens.  

Streaming on Tubi, Pluto TV, and BritBox.  

‘Virgin River’ 

In Netflix’s Virgin River, a nurse and midwife moves from Los Angeles to a small town in Northern California following a personal tragedy. Unlike Call the Midwife, this series is set in the present day. But with storylines that focus on medical drama, romance, and the power of community, there are plenty of parallels between the two shows. 

Three seasons streaming on Netflix. 

‘Harlots’ 

On the surface, Harlots, a lavish 18th-century-set drama that focuses on a group of prostitutes working in London, doesn’t seem to have much in common with Call the Midwife. But viewers in the mood for more strong female characters will appreciate this warts-and-all look at the lives of sex workers and its depiction of powerful, supportive friendships between women.  

Three seasons streaming on Hulu. 

‘London Hospital’ 

Another period medical drama set in the East End, London Hospital (aka Casualty 1900s) follows doctors and nurses as they deal with various challenging cases, many inspired by real-life (via The Guardian). With just 10 episodes in total, this show is also a quick binge. 

Two seasons streaming on BritBox. 

‘The Knick’ 

Clive Owen stars in this stylishly gory medical drama from Steven Soderbergh that’s set in early 1900s New York City. Owen plays Dr. John Thackerary, the chief surgeon at the Knickerbocker Hospital, who is also a drug addict. André Holland plays Dr. Algernon Edwards, a skilled doctor who must deal with persistent racism as he does his job. 

Two seasons streaming on HBO Max. 

‘Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman’ 

Jane Seymour standing in front of a church in 'Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,' one of several shows like 'Call the Midwife'
‘Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman’ | Tony Esparza/CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

A few years after the end of the Civil War, a female doctor (Jane Seymour) from Boston sets up shop in a small frontier town, where she has to win over the skeptical locals. This popular series ran for six seasons from 1993 to 1998 and still airs in reruns on Hallmark Drama and StartTV. 

Six seasons streaming on FreeVee and Pluto TV. 

‘Mercy Street’ 

Like Call the Midwife, PBS’s Mercy Street is based on real life. The show takes its inspiration from the memoirs of Mary Phinney von Olnhausen, a Civil War nurse who worked at a hospital in Union-occupied Alexandria, Virginia. Mary, who is from New England, is firmly on the side of abolition. Emma Green (Hannah James), another volunteer nurse, is loyal to the Confederate cause. 

Two seasons streaming on PBS Passport and the PBS Masterpiece channel on Prime Video.

‘The Crimson Field’ 

More wartime medical drama unfolds in The Crimson Field. This single-season drama from creator Sarah Phelps (A Very British Scandal, Dublin Murders) focuses on a trio of British volunteer nurses working at a field hospital during World War I.  

Streaming on the PBS Masterpiece Channel on Prime Video. 

‘Good Girls Revolt’ 

Call the Midwife is firmly in the midst of the swinging ‘60s in its most recent seasons, a decade of massive political and social change in both the U.S. and the U.K., especially for women. For a look at how things were unfolding in the United States, stream Good Girls Revolt. This canceled-too-soon Prime Video series is about a group of female researchers at a weekly newsmagazine who stand up and demand equal treatment from their employers. It’s based on the real fight for pay equity among the female employees at Newsweek.

One season streaming on Prime Video. 

‘Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries’ 

Another 1960s-set series, Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries is a spinoff of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. It follows Peregrine Fisher (Geraldine Hakwill) the niece of Phyrne Fisher, who takes up mystery-solving in mid-century Melbourne following her aunt’s mysterious disappearance. 

Two seasons streaming on Acorn TV. 

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