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January 09, 2011

Tonight on PBS: Downton Abbey


If you like British TV and/or costume dramas, you really don't want to miss Downton Abbey, premiering tonight on PBS's Masterpiece Classic.

Watch the full episode. See more Masterpiece.

I haven't seen a screener or anything, but so many critics whose opinions I respect have raved about it that I feel completely comfortable telling you to watch it. It's a family drama set in pre-World War I England, on a big estate, so there's drama with the servants as well as the main family. Like so many great British dramas, it centers on "a crisis of inheritance," this time amid the vanishing Victorian way of life. But really, since June Thomas has seen it and I haven't, you should read her review here. And then watch. I will be.

P.S. There's a vicious rumor going around that they cut a bunch out of the series for the American version. This is not true! It got started because the play time is shorter because they took out the commercials. So worry not.

Posted by Kat at January 9, 2011 10:20 AM

I watched it, and it was wonderful! I am completely hooked.

Posted by: Ruth at January 9, 2011 11:01 PM


Posted by: Carrie#K at January 10, 2011 04:49 PM

It was GREAT! Thanks for reminding us about it. Dad and I are hooked and will try to watch all the episodes. How many are there? We may need you to remind us again-you know how we are about regular TV shows.

Posted by: Mom at January 10, 2011 10:24 PM
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