While visiting my grandparents a few months ago, my grandmother and I were sitting on the couch reading and knitting when she exclaimed, "Oh, its time for Downton Abbey!" I asked her what the heck she was talking about, to which she exclaimed she was surprised I haven't been watching the new Masterpiece series.
So, I sat and watched an episode with her and was instantly hooked. Unfortunately, it was the very last episode of the season. Luck for me, Netflix has the entire first season on instant watch, so I hunkered down to watch the entire season as soon as I returned to Chicago.
In terms of the time period concerned: the story opens-up with the sinking of the Titanic and closes with the start of WWI. While the 1910s are not "my" era, I definitely have a soft spot for them in my wee historian heart. The costuming is done very well and the stories are really engaging. My favorite character is the grandmother by far.
I found a clip of the scene depicted in the photo above, of Grandmother Crawley in the cousin's law office. Perhaps my sense of humor is conditioned to old-timey sensibilities, but this scene made me laugh my ass off. I know I'm suppose to hate the grandmother, but she has the best lines and Maggie Smith is magical at delivering them.
I also enjoy the relationship between Lady Sybil (the youngest sister) and Gwen (the housemaid). Not to mention that Lady Sybil tends to have the best outfits and I'm quite envious of this Gwen's red red hair. Lady Mary (the oldest sister), I am sorry to say, I completely despise. I know you are suppose to hate/feel sorry for Lady Edith (the middle sister) because she is an evil plotter, but at least she knows she is doing something wrong. Mary, on the other hand, is just a downright bitch and is completely unaware of it. (Oh dear, excuse my French!) Am I the only one who feels this way? I hope not.
There is no way I can close a post about Downton Abbey without mentioning the sexy vintage cars involved - my my. Anyway, for those of you who have missed the series or want to watch it again, get thee to the PBS store or to Netflix.