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What to Watch on PBS Passport When You're Home for the Holidays

Planning a cozy, lazy holiday at home? Here's what you should binge-watch on PBS Passport.

December 11, 2018

'Tis the season for warm beverages, throw blankets and binge-watching holiday-themed shows on TV. Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la! Now, it’s time to choose what you want to watch with all of that glorious, lazy time you have during the holidays.

There are several TV series available on PBS Passport, PBS’s streaming service, for your binge-watching pleasure. The service is only $5 a month and you may already have it — any PBS member who has donated $60 or more already does!

So, what’s available to watch on Passport this holiday season? There’s something for everyone: period dramas, documentaries, hot titles like Poldark, history series, cooking shows, Ken Burns and more. Get comfortable, grab your eggnog and gingerbread men and we’ll do the rest. Here are top picks to snuggle up with this season.  


This PBS show first hit Passport before it aired on KCTS 9! Jamestown follows the ‘maids to make brides' who arrived after the men to help settle the titular colony. Seasons 1 and 2 are currently available on the streaming site. And, Season 2 will be airing on KCTS 9, beginning Sunday, January 13, at 11:00 p.m. 


Victoria Season 3 is coming soon – premiering Sunday, January 13, at 9:00 p.m. – which means that you have some catching up to do, or at least some refreshing. Better start watching Seasons 1 and 2 on Passport now, before the big premiere. 

Downton Abbey

Watch Downton Abbey again for the second, third or seventh time. If you haven’t watched Downton yet, what are you waiting for? Those Christmas specials are perfect for this time of year. And, we’ll all need to brush up before the big movie comes out in September 2019! 

Frankie Drake Mysteries

Frankie Drake is a series that is exclusively available on PBS Passport. Set in 1920s Toronto, the show follows the adventures of Frankie Drake and her partner Trudy Clarke at Drake Private Detectives, the city’s only all-female detective agency, as they find themselves fighting crime in the age of flyboys, gangsters, rum-runners and speakeasies. Sounds like a lot of fun!

A Chef’s Life

Once you’ve done all of your holiday eating, start binging — and feast your eyes on all five seasons of A Chef’s Life. The show may be over but you can watch all of your favorite moments from the series on PBS Passport.

A Tudor Trio

If you’re a history buff and Anglophile, mix and match or watch all three series over the holidays. Period drama Wolf Hall tells the story of Thomas Cromwell in King Henry VIII's court; travel back in time with historian Lucy Worsley to Tudor England to witness some of its most dramatic moments in the Secrets of the Six Wives; and, enjoy even more commentary from Lucy Worsley with her Tales from the Royal Bedchamber.


Caroline Gerdes

Caroline Gerdes is the social media specialist at Cascade Public Media and a New Orleanian living in Seattle. She was also a National Geographic Young Explorer — which is totally a real job title. She recently published her first book, An Oral History of the New Orleans Ninth Ward

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