Dear Downton Abbey, we love you.

 

If hindsight is 20/20, then I need some new glasses and a swift kick in the pants.

Way back in August, the amazing and awesome Amber West blogged about a new show on PBS ~ Downton Abbey. I read her post, did a half-hearted search on my DVR and, not finding anything listed, promptly forgot about her recommendation.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago and there she was again, that Amber, recommending the show on her blog. Ugh! Give it a rest will you, Amber!?!? I couldn’t find the damn thing, stop torturing me. But thanks for the pic of Nathan Fillion on your blog, that was a nice consolation prize.

I left a comment saying pretty much the same thing and do you know what that lovely lady told me? If you search for Downton Abbey, you don’t find anything listed because this is a Masterpiece Theater show. Do a keyword search for ‘Masterpiece Theater Downton’ and you should find it. Also, you can get the first season on Netflix streaming. What? Shut the front door! I don’t have to remember to put it in my queue, I can just stream it? And if I missed one, I can watch it on PBS online?

So you know what I did? Yep, completely forgot about it again. Stupid lame memory.

Enter into the picture the gorgeous and talented Jennifer Tanner. Over on her blog she wrote about this amazing new show everyone is watching and why am I such a do-do for not watching it ~ Downton Abbey.

Paper cuts with lemon juice. Ouch. Or, was this a sign from the gods that I need to be listening to these women and watch the darn show already!

Last week I had to get a root canal, which really isn’t as fun as the brochure made it out to be. There I was, looped up on pain meds and unable to write or read with any sort of coherency (I’d like to take a moment here to apologize to anyone whose blog I left a rambling comment on, or a comment filled with typos. I blame the drugs. Really.)

What’s a girl to do when she can’t really do anything? Grab your husband (he needed to man the remote. Seriously, I was that out of it), and watch this fab new series everyone is talking about.

O.M.G.

We’re in love. Both of us! We started with the first season and after the first episode we were hooked. We wanted to know more about the snarky servants and pampered people they took care of. The only thing that perplexed us after that first episode was who do we like?

We have to like a few characters to keep us interested and all of the characters seemed bitchy and snobby in that first hour. So we gave it another episode and the lines were clearly drawn: O’Brien and Thomas are evil. Anna is good and we adore Bates, please don’t sack him! (I won’t give away the spoiler, but let’s just say there is a Bates-Anna storyline coming up. Should we call them Banana? Annabate? Baann?) We have characters to cheer on and some we wish horrible things upon. Like, really really bad things need to happen to O’Brien and Thomas. Jus sayin. And perhaps Mary. Ugh!

We’re up to episode five of the first season and have the second season set up to record on the DVR. To say we’re in love might be a bit of an understatement. Two days in a row I’ve woken up my husband to ask him something about the plot. Poor dear, he isn’t even awake and I’m saying, ‘Wasn’t that hilarious when the cook said that about Thomas?’. I call that a bit of obsession.

Downton Abbey is decadent fun. The dynamics between upstairs and downstairs is fascinating and all of the characters, even the servants, are well-drawn out, which is what gives the show its charm. This isn’t a typical show that stereotypes the haves and have nots. While clearly some of the servants are happy in their job and take the term serviceΒ with pride, there are others who hate their lot in life and infect their venom on others. There is a subtle parallel between the upper class family and the servants who wait on them. I’ve kept myself from reading anything about the future shows because I want to relish in the story as it unfolds, not with any sort of expectation, but with breathless anticipation.

If you haven’t seen this show yet, as Amber says, WATCH IT NOW!

Are you watching Downton Abbey? What do you think of it? What’s on your ‘must watch’ list? Share with us, you know we’re dying to find some new obsession!

48 thoughts on “Dear Downton Abbey, we love you.”

  1. Amber WestAmber West

    YAY! While I am not happy you had to have a root canal, I AM glad that it forced you to watch Downton. I am going to refrain from going into full on gush mode.

    The show has infiltrated my dreams.

    And if you want extra entertainment (once you are caught up) @PattonOswalt live tweets during the episodes on Sunday night. πŸ™‚

    January 30, 2012
  2. Diana LaurenceDiana Laurence

    I am totally obsessed as you well know from Facebook. And I had to chuckle that you finally watched it while recuperating from root canal (ugh) and I finally watched it while recuperating from shingles. I heard about it from like three people too and then put it in my Netflix queue, but like you, just didn’t get to it right away. One episode and BAM–I caught up to the current show in Season 2 in a week.

    January 30, 2012
  3. Natalie HartfordNatalie Hartford

    Ouch on the root canal honey – sorry – tough week but it sounds like it paid off big! I read Amber’s post but hadn’t put much thought into searching it out but I will. Sounds like I’m gonna have to finally break and see if Netflix Canada is decent and start to try and find these fab finds on our own stations. Thanks for the review….eekeee…I’ll keep you posted if I can track it down!
    Here’s to a better tooth week! πŸ™‚

    January 30, 2012
    • AnonymousAnonymous

      Keep looking, Natalie, it’s there. Probably on your PBS station as it is here.

      January 30, 2012
  4. Nancy J NicholsonNancy J Nicholson

    Tameri, I wish! If the full seasons come out on DVD, then I’m all over it. We love watching series on the boat, but can’t get Netflix due to low band with on the internet. So frustrating.

    January 30, 2012
    • Amber WestAmber West

      Nancy, check out Amazon.com. They have the series on DVD. If you are anything like me, it will be worth the purchase, as you’ll find yourself rewatching it. πŸ™‚

      January 30, 2012
  5. AnonymousAnonymous

    Welcome to the club, Tameri! Amber does know her television. I got hooked last year and, as you have discovered, that’s the end of the discussion. It becomes part of what you MUST do each week! My sympathies too about the root canal but, hey, look what you got in return! Enjoy!

    January 30, 2012
  6. Kate MacNicolKate MacNicol

    OMG. I LOVE Downton Abbey. I’ve written a post for next week and I had no idea that Jennifer and Amber wrote about it too. I’ll certainly link to all three of you. It’s been a long time since a T.V. show has captured my heart and sadly I’ve had no one to talk to about it. No one in my family watches nor do any of my friends. They simply don’t know what they’re missing. You just made my day Tameri! I’m so happy to find other “gushy” (quoting Amber) fans! I’m off to check out Jennifer and Amber’s posts.

    January 30, 2012
  7. Carrie SpencerCarrie Spencer

    I’ve just started, and yup, I’m hooked. I’m on season 1 episode 2. And that Thomas. Maaaannn…he and I need to have some words! =)

    January 30, 2012
  8. Lissa ClouserLissa Clouser

    I keep hearing so many good things about this show!! I really want to watch it and I keep forgetting. =(

    January 30, 2012
  9. MarciaMarcia

    I’m late to the party again. Have not heard about this at all! But it sounds too good to miss. Thanks for review, Tameri. I’ll be queuing it up this afternoon!

    January 30, 2012
  10. jennifer tannerjennifer tanner

    Hi Tameri!

    I was on the phone with my husband last night. He’s back east right now. He told me he had to get off the phone and get his snacks ready for his hour of Downton. He keeps calling it DowntoWn Abbey. πŸ™‚ I was shocked that he actually listened to me and watched the entire first season in one sitting. He’s hooked now.

    The series has also given me some insight into stories involving multiple characters. All of my manuscripts have multiple characters. At times, I’ve been told that there are too many. But the way Julian Fellowes creates a story for each Downton character that either makes you want to cheer them on or hope they get what’s coming to them, has given me a little hope that I’m on the right track.

    So glad you and your husband are enjoying the series! Thanks for the mention…and check out #downton on Twitter. See you there!

    January 30, 2012
  11. August McLaughlinAugust McLaughlin

    Okay, I’m officially sold! I, too, failed to watch Downtown Abbey after Amber’s enthusiasm suggested I do. I even have it here on DVD! I think you had a better excuse. πŸ˜‰ I WILL watch it. I WILL. Thanks Tameri and Amber! I’ll be sure to let you know what hubby and I think.

    January 30, 2012
  12. Ingrid SchaffenburgIngrid Schaffenburg

    Thanks for the rec! I’ve been dying to find a new show to get hooked on. Can’t wait to check it out!

    January 30, 2012
  13. Coleen PatrickColeen Patrick

    So this show seems like it’s my type of show, but after I watched the first episode when the show first started I didn’t bond with it. Now though I’m wondering if I should give it a second shot??

    January 30, 2012
  14. Marion SpicherMarion Spicher

    Downton Abby is every bit as good as you stated. I watched the first series last season, and must get to recording the next series. Thanks for the reminder!

    January 30, 2012
  15. Debra KristiDebra Kristi

    Oh man! I’m so sorry about the root canal. πŸ™ They are absolutely NO fun.

    Well fiddle sticks. So you’re telling me this is sooo good I must add this to my queue? I don’t need another show here ladies. What are you doing to me? LOL Looks like something the Hubs would enjoy watching with me though. πŸ™‚

    January 31, 2012
  16. susielindaususielindau

    I will check it out! Thanks!

    January 31, 2012
  17. Angela Orlowski-PeartAngela Orlowski-Peart

    Yikes on the root canal! Those are not fun ( I know from experience).
    I haven’t watched Downtown Abbey but I’m on it – judging from what you are saying about this show, it will be my favorite!

    January 31, 2012
  18. Tiffany A WhiteTiffany A White

    Would you believe this is a TV series that I have NOT watched one single episode of? I know, I know. Amber has been singing it’s praises for almost a year now. I must get with the program.

    January 31, 2012
  19. Michelle McLeanMichelle McLean

    I did the same thing!! Finally decided to give it 5 minutes while eating lunch last week and spent the rest of the week catching up on the first season. Then spent a couple days catching up on season two online and now have it set to record every week πŸ˜€ Sooooo good πŸ˜€

    January 31, 2012
  20. Rebekah LoperRebekah Loper

    shhhh, I’m trying to get rid of distractions, not find more! It’s hard enough to keep up with NCIS, Once Upon a Time, How I Met Your Mother, and Grey’s Anatomy as it is!

    (but is the whole season available on PBS online? Because I just might cave.)

    January 31, 2012
  21. Bridgette BoothBridgette Booth

    Tameri – I stayed away from this blog post just in case there were in spoilers. (Should have trusted that you wouldn’t!!!) Anyway, we are as hooked on Downton Abbey as you and your husband. We are now into season 2 and are just hooked. What a great series. We ordered season 1 off Netflix and dvr’d season 2. I did read that they are filming season 3 so I’m happy, happy.

    We are still in the early part of Season 2 but are planning a marathon this coming weekend. My hubbie is out of town so the rest of us can’t watch it until he gets home. Ah!!! πŸ™‚

    Just love it!

    February 13, 2012
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