Downton Abbey, How I Adore Thee

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I love Downton Abbey. I love the history, the drama, the fashion, and the world of ladies and gentlemen. Two years ago my husband introduced me to this wonderful show as a Christmas gift. Within minutes of the intro music I was hooked. I couldn’t get enough of those big hats! By the way, I really think hats need to make a comeback in a big way.

So back to Downton. If you’ve never seen it, and if not WHY??! let me give you a brief rundown: A British aristocratic family and their servants live out their lives, drama, love, and dreams on a large country estate called Downton Abbey. It’s got three sisters at each other’s throats, evil manservants, a crazy redheaded cook, and an oh so handsome long distance cousin who is set to inherit the estate upon the earl’s death. In those days there was no such thing as an inheriting daughter, a problem that sets off plenty of fireworks.

Season One starts off with the sinking of the Titanic, Season Two rolls into the Great War (this is where my inspiration for my female ambulance driver book came from), and Season Three left us on the brink of the Roaring 20’s. Of course Season Three left us with many things, mainly heartbreak and outrage. I won’t give it away, but let’s just say that the world at large is still recovering.

One of things I love most about this show besides the clothes is how beautifully intricate and downton-abbey-girlscomplicated the characters are. Just when you start thinking, man, I really don’t like this person, they turn and have a vulnerable moment that chips your heart open to them. Lady Mary is the perfect example. Total snob, but I love her.

I couldn’t complete this post without mentioning the Dowager Countess played to perfection by Dame Maggie Smith. This woman delivers the best one liners you’ve ever heard and all without cracking a smile.

Season Four is set to air in the UK next month, but stateside will have to wait five agonizing months before we can see it on PBS. Good thing I’ve got the previous seasons of dvds to keep me occupied until then.


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18 Comments

  1. Dora Hiers

    OK, here’s where I confess I’ve never seen the show. Yeah, I know. I’m like the only one in the world, right? Mainly because I don’t watch much TV. I always joke around with hubby that if I add a show to my faves, another one has to go. Those DVD’s will come in handy during those middle-of-the-night feedings. 🙂

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    1. J'nell (Post author)

      Dora, here is your opportunity to do a little house cleaning from one of those old shows and add this one!

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  2. Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

    I love this show! The hats! Yes, please I’d love those to come back.
    There is something about this show that hits every emotional note for me. I can’t believe it’s five more months of waiting.
    Blessings,
    Diana

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    1. J'nell (Post author)

      I’m with you Diana. After season 3 and I heard when 4 was coming out I had to sit down and hold back the tears. A whole year! Did you hear that they’re going to market Downton inspired goods? Makeup, wine, and even paint.

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  3. Susan F. Craft

    I’ve watched the show since the beginning and was hooked right away. I enjoy the costumes and looking behind the action at the furniture in the rooms. I agree, the Dowager is wonderful.
    “What is a weekend?” she asked. Ha!

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    1. J'nell (Post author)

      It’s addictive, isn’t it? I watched the entire first season on dvd in 3 sittings and finished off an entire box of fudge.

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  4. Barbara Lynn Culler

    I’ve heard about Downtown Abbey but have never seen it. Why? Because I don’t have cable TV!

    It does sound addicting. That’s why no cable- I don’t need another reason to watch TV!

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    1. J'nell (Post author)

      I’ll send you a box of the dvds for Christmas 🙂 I just can’t let no cable stop you from the best show around.

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  5. Nancy K. Sullivan

    I’ve missed out on the series also, but plan to order the first 3 seasons. (The waiting time for Season 4 will give me opportunity to catch up 🙂 Your post has moved the DVD’s up much higher on my wish list. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. J'nell (Post author)

      Hoorah for a new convert! You won’t be disappointed.

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  6. Tom Threadgill

    Haven’t seen it and won’t watch it. If they can’t spell “downtown” correctly, what else did they get wrong? Seriously, I have a hard time watching British TV shows. It’s difficult for me to understand what they’re saying (really). Yeah, I know. Subtitles and all that. But they’d probably misspell a lot of those too.

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    1. J'nell (Post author)

      While I disagree with your principles on not watching it, I do have to agree that sometimes it sounds like they’ve got marbles in their mouths. Guess you’re not a fan of the fancy hats either … sigh. Can’t win ’em all.

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  7. Patty Wysong

    I’ve never seen Downtown Abbey!! We don’t have TV reception and don’t pay for any, so we’re limited to DVDs (which is nice sometimes. NO commercials. LoL). This is one of the shows I’ve really wanted to see though. sigh. And now I want to see it more. LoL =]

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    1. J'nell (Post author)

      I loathe commercials! You should catch up on the seasons so you’ll be ready to go for season 4!

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  8. Karla Akins

    I love all British period films! I’m hooked on Catherine Cookson’s movies. Have you ever watched hers? http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0177541/

    I can sit an entire day and watch these and I don’t really have the patience for movies. I usually either fall asleep during them or get distracted. What is it about British period with me???? LOVE them!

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    1. J'nell (Post author)

      You and me both! I can’t get enough of period films. Something about the burning romance that simmers just below the surface, and of course the fashion. I’ve never seen Catherine Cookson’s stuff so I’ll have to add it to my list. Next up is The Buccaneers, Cranford, and North and South (not the Patrick Swayze one).

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  9. Karen Wingate

    I most definitely agree. Hats need to make a come back. Just think of the time it would save us from the dreaded curling iron.

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    1. J'nell (Post author)

      Hats can cover a multitude of sins, like when you’re running a day late to wash it. Plus, they’re just so elegant and feminine. Why did we ever stop wearing them?

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