Feb 22, 2012

All things 'Downton'

I don't know how many of you have been watching Downton Abbey on PBS, and some of you may be sick of hearing about it.

But let me just tell you: Grayson and I don't agree on many shows (the ones we watch[ed] together include Lost and So You Think You Can Dance), but we're watching Downton together. It's a period drama (which I usually refuse to watch), but it's kind of soapy, too. Plus, they all speak British. Win-win. It's a great mix of so many things, and I highly recommend it.

I don't know that it really "burst onto the scene" here in the States, but just before season 2 started airing (the season finale of which was Sunday night), it really seemed to catch fire. I thought it was everywhere THEN, but believe me when I tell you that it really IS everywhere NOW. I'm finding Downton stuff in the funniest places ...

First there were the Valentines:

And then the paper dolls (the Dowager Countess is priceless):

And the book based on Highclere Castle, where Downton is filmed:

And the book based on the TV series itself (a gift from my parents -- squee!):

Which led to me finding Below Stairs, which was written about a woman who worked "downstairs" in the kitchen and inspired the shows Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey.

And then to top it all off, my friend Rachel went and wrote a post about Downton yesterday, and she included a character chart that is SO. DEAD. ON. it's unbelievable. I immediately predicted that it would go viral, simply because it's brilliant (click to enlarge):

Now. Go watch some Downton!


stollison said...

The Dowager Countess had so many great scenes in the finale. Maggie Smith rules.
Do the boys know you love a show with Professor McGonagall in it?

molly said...

That chart is so wonderful. I need to print it out and frame it and hang it next to my TV. I'm already going through Downton withdrawal but Upstairs Downstairs is next in my Netflix queue. I hope it's as good as I hear!

Natasha said...

I did my part to help this go viral; I submitted it to reddit :P This is fan-freaking-tastic!

Rachel said...

Thanks for the shout-out! I love the Valentines - I hadn't seen those! I pinned them right away.

Sewconsult said...

I have seen one episode and wish to see it from the start. I feel lost, but with the chart, I agree with all, perfect for going viral!

Natasha said...

OH also, I should totally send this your way:


It's a fantastic parody of Downton Abbey done by the BBC. It's hilarious!

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