How I Got Hooked:
Having heard rumors that this was "the new Downton," I was highly skeptical. Then, while visiting my dad (who has a penchant for PBS, as most dads do), I caught the tail end of one episode and never looked back.
While Call The Midwife has a great handle on humor, its fearlessness in going dark is the real standout quality. I was stunned by the Season Two premiere. It was so gutsy and gritty, and really exposed the dark corners of human nature. (No TV moment has stayed with me so intensely since that time Mulder and Scully almost kissed.)
Why You'll Love It:
The premise is deceptively simple, so every twist and turn becomes riveting. You expect a BBC drama about 1950s midwives living in a convent to be sort of...the worst. It's a hard sell if you're just going on the summary alone: "They go to peoples houses and deliver babies, and then they come home and hang out with the nuns. It's AMAZING!" At this point, my friends give me that look like they're trying to remember why they like me. The thing is, there's a lot of drama in midwifery, and in the post-war, poverty-stricken east end of London — the drama is multiplied.