In recent years, British television has made huge waves in mainstream American pop culture. First, there was Doctor Who, the addictive sci-fi series about an alien named “The Doctor” who travels around in blue police box that doubles as a time machine called the TARDIS. Then came Downton Abbey, an equally addictive period drama/soap opera that’s more scandalous and engaging than any show The CW could ever hope to put out. Check out any Tumblr and there’s a one-in-three chance that the blog you’ll stumble upon is run by someone who’s obsessed with a show from across the pond. And don't be surprised if it's Sherlock.

Though the series runs are short and the episode counts low, there’s some seriously great television coming from the United Kingdom. In honor of its excellent programming, here's a foolproof list of  British TV Shows You Should Be Watching

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Written by Tanya Ghahremani (@tanyaghahremani

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