I am currently watching the 3rd season. I had not watched it since it went off the air and I have grown to hate all of the characters, even Dr. Melfi. The writing and direction make it compelling, however, at the end of each episode I feel disgusted and a little depressed. Call the Midwife has the opposite effect on me. I really love these characters, flaws and all. Even when an episode has a tragic story line, I feel uplifted by how the nuns and midwives care for and support each other, their patients and the community of Poplar.