A Dead Horse Worth Beating

Everywhere I turn on the internet this week, people are talking about the series Downton Abbey.  It has not prevented me from adding my two cents, of course.

If you are at all a fan of Jane Austen, the Brontes, British people, pretty clothes, interesting architecture, history, or just plain old good television, you should watch this series.  I happened across it on Netflix a month ago, and watched the first season in time to catch up with season two, which started last Sunday.

The series explores the ups and downs of Lord Grantham and his family, as well as the trials and tribulations of their servants.  Dame Maggie Smith (above) does not disappoint as the sharp-tongued, witty matriarch of the family, Violet.  One of my friends recently confessed that she has a personal goal of “doing old like Maggie Smith.”  An excellent goal, in my opinion!

You can catch season one streaming on Netflix* –and on PBS online until 1/17! —  and season two is at the PBS Masterpiece website.  Locally, it airs on PBS on Sunday nights at 9.

*It will suck you in. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

4 thoughts on “A Dead Horse Worth Beating

  1. We loved season one and watched all of them in about 2 days while we were staying with friends last year. We watched the first episode on Sunday and didn't think it was quite as rich or well-done as last season…what did you think?? Not giving up though- we're already committed. 🙂


  2. Yes, I'm in for the long haul, too! I've heard others say the same thing, and I'm wondering if it's a case of "familiarity breeds contempt"? I thought the war scenes were remarkable for a TV series…it felt like a movie. If I had one criticism, it maybe felt a little "soapier" than season one. Every time you turned around, someone else was declaring their love, instead of last season when it was a slower burn 🙂


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