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'Downton Abbey' just one of many TV shows available at Beaufort County libraries

If you've ever discovered a TV series in its later seasons and wanted to watch it from the first episode, then you should visit Beaufort County's libraries. Here you will find many shows that are currently popular.

The library system serves Beaufort County with five branches: Beaufort, Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, Lobeco and the brand new St. Helena Island facility. Beaufort County Library is part of SCLENDS, a consortium of 16 South Carolina county public libraries. This sharing network enables library cardholders to borrow materials owned by these other county libraries, maximizing access to desired DVD products.

Don't run out to Redbox or wait for Netflix to send the TV series and season you seek before checking with your library. Simply visit your local branch, and library staff will help you find the series. Better yet, go to the library website (, and search the catalog to find and reserve TV series and feature films.

If you don't see a television program or series in the online catalog, please contact your local reference librarian. The library encourages customer suggestions for specific titles to ensure that collections reflect our customers' interests.

Here is a small sample of the TV series available at the library:

Mystery lovers will find an impressive collection of detective series by notable mystery writers such as Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple murder mystery series), Dick Francis, Ellery Queen, Alexander McCall Smith ("The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency"), and Henning Mankell ("Kurt Wallander, Swedish Police Detective"). Popular PBS mystery series include: "Foyle's War," "Inspector Lewis," "Inspector Lynley," "Midsomer Murders," "Prime Suspect," "Sherlock Holmes," "Zen" and many others.

Popular TV series also are covered in the collection: "Modern Family," "The Good Wife," "Army Wives," "Big Bang Theory," "How I Met Your Mother," "Parks and Recreation," "30 Rock," "Revenge," "Castle," "New Girl," "Hot in Cleveland," etc.

For those who want to revisit old favorites, the library has "The Andy Griffith Show," "I Love Lucy," "Star Trek" (the various versions), "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "Murder She Wrote," "Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman," "Little House on the Prairie," "The Three Stooges," "Bonanza," "Hawaii 5-0," "MacGyver" and more.

Cable channel offerings at the library on DVD are: "Dexter," "Walking Dead," "Game of Thrones," "Homeland," "Mad Men," "Treme," "True Blood," "Sons of Anarchy" and "Breaking Bad" -- to name a few.

Reality TV shows include: "Cake Boss," "Storage Wars," "Ice Truckers," "Duck Dynasty," "Brew Masters," "Pawn Stars," "Swamp People."

If you prefer television miniseries, here are some popular titles: "Titanic," "Pillars of the Earth," "American Horror Story," "Hatfields & McCoys," "I Claudius," "Band of Brothers," "Spartacus," "Rome," "The Borgias" and "The Tudors."

And last, but certainly not least, is "Downton Abbey." The third season began in January and is available on DVD. Beaufort County Library also has the previous seasons for those wanting a refresher.

And don't forget about the many feature films, classic and first-run movies, which also can be checked out for free at your library.

Francesca Denton is the reference manager at the Beaufort library.