Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Might as well face it, I'm addicted to...

For months and months I've seen Facebook posts about it. I had no interest in the least in even seeing what it was all about. Then I got Netflix and there it was in the "Recently Added" section. Still I had no interest. Why watch it when I could catch up on old episodes of Bones and see the golden days of Saturday Night Live with Gilda Radner and Jane Curtin (who is now playing the medical examiner on Unforgettable).

Then a couple weekends ago when the weather was dreadful and I was still in a cast and confined to my recliner, I thought, "Why not take a peek and see what all the hullabaloo is about."

And that's when it happened. I became addicted to...

The show is set in the fictional home of the Earl and Countess of Grantham. It depicts the lives of the Crawley family and their servants -- an upstairs/downstaris view of life. Season one opened with the news of the sinking of the Titanic, an event which affected the inheritance of Downton, and ended with learning Great Britain was at war with Germany. Season two took viewers through the war years and ended in early 1920. Each season has only 7-8 episodes, so there's not a lot to watch really. It's not like the 5 seasons of Bones I watched in a two-and-a-half week period last summer so I'd be caught up when the new season started. Talk about a marathon! But I digress.

The cast is brilliant, and the MOST brilliant is Dame Maggie Smith as Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham. The plots involve an entail, world events, aristocratic life, valets, ladies maids and footmen, a dead Turk, a cowardly soldier, cover-ups, scandals, crime, forbidden love and more, more, more.

While I'm not normally a fan of British period pieces, this one captivated me, especially the above-named Dowager Countess. PBS has even compiled a video of great Maggie moments.

Watch Downton Abbey: The Best Maggie Moments on PBS. See more from Masterpiece.

Sadly, season 3 will not air in the U.S. until next winter. But they've given us something to look forward to: Shirley McLaine as the mother of the American-born Lady Grantham. Woohoo! I can already guess there will be fireworks between her character and the Dowager Countess.

Are you a Downton Abbey addict fan? Who's your favorite character? Your least?

P.S. We're participating in Barbara Vey's 5th Anniversary Party over at Beyond Her Book. There's lots of fun, hunky cabana boys and some great prizes. Pop over and say hi!


Jean Hovey said...

Hands down, my favorite is the Dowager Countess. That does not make me unique. As for least favorite, I don't have one in that I think there is a character whose absence would enhance the show. But of the villains, it would have to be O'Brian. Thomas is despicable--as are others--but O'Brian has been shown every kindness for a long time and is still a snake in the grass.

If you haven't found this site yet, you must look. So funny.

Playground Monitor said...

OMG! That site is a hoot, Jean! And I agree about O'Brian. Throw her out with the dishwater.

Katherine Bone said...

Oh, I love Anna Smith and Mr. Bates. What fate lies in store for their love below stairs? And who killed Mrs. Bates, that spiteful woman?

The wonderful thing is all the characters are fantastic... from Ladies Mary, Edith and Sybil to Matthew, O'Brien (Grrrr!) and Thomas (Double Grrrr!). When a story is told in such a way that you're sucked into every character's life and desires, it doesn't get better than this!

I blogged about this a few weeks ago and there are paper dolls on the Internet, videos, and so much more to entertain you whilst Season 3 films and we await the return of our beloved addiction. ;)

PM's Mother said...

I really like the Brit dramas, specially those that star Maggie Smith, Joan Plowright, Judi Dench or Hellen Mirren. I like the Agatha Christie mysteries (Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot) I like the Brit comedies also. These make my Saturday night complete. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Yes watch the show whoo