Tuesday, January 17, 2012

In Which I Gush About Downton Abbey

I finally joined the ranks of obsessed Downton Abbey fans this weekend.

I had the Downton Abbey season 1 DVD set sitting around collecting dust.  I heard so much wonderful praise about the show, but I never got around to watching it. Yesterday, I decided to watch an episode and I ended up watching the whole season.  It is so addicting! 

My favorite characters are Anna and Mr. Bates.  I can't stand Mary. She doesn't deserve to be with Matthew Crawley. The back and forth between Violet and Isobel Crawley is wonderful! 

There are so many familiar faces in the series including Maggie Smith (Prof. McGonagall, of course), Hugh Bonneville (from Lost in Austen, Miss Austen Regrets, and Daniel Deronda), Penelope Wilton (Harriet Jones from Doctor Who and Mrs. Hamley from Wives and Daughters) and Brendan Coyle (Nicholas Higgins from North & South).

You can explore Downton further in the companion book, The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes.  I haven't read it yet, but I'll try to track it down in my public library system.

Watch some of the episodes online. If you're a fan of Upstairs, Downstairs, then you'll love Downton!

My husband watched the entire first series with me too. Our Downton binge reminds me of this hilarious Portlandia Battlestar Galactica sketch. One more episode!


  1. I heard through the Oscars that that's a good series and may add it to my q on Netflix.

    1. I think you'll like it. Sherri, I'll bring my copy to the next BC meeting if you want to borrow it. :)

  2. I feel as if I should be watching this show as well! OK, time to grab the DVD and record the new season on the DVR!
    - Jessica @ Book Sake

    1. That's great! I'm a sucker for a good period drama. I definitely recommend Downton Abbey if you're into juicy Upstairs, Downstairs-esque drama.