A weekend is when Downton Abbey comes on. Specifically, Sunday night, 8 PM Central Time.
I fell hard last year for Downton Abbey when the first series came on Masterpiece Theater. What was there not to love? Here’s a list:
1. The clothes: gorgeous! My favorite years for clothing are the late ‘teens, but in Downton I really prefer the 1st season, pre-war, clothes. My favorite Downton outfit: Sybil’s harem pants.
2. The history: So, yes, not everything is probably historically accurate. But I love that the story spans the whole decade, unlike many other movies that take place in this decade. It seems that the movie industry thinks the 1910s is either war (which Downton does use as a plot device, but it remains rooted in the homefront) or Titanic. Anne can attest to my coldness for Titanic.
3. The meanies: They’ve become some of my favorite characters. I think it’s because they’re so real, and, in O’Brien’s case, trying to redeem themselves in series 2.
4. Last, but not least, the Dowager Countess’ quotes: Maggie Smith is the greatest person ever. I thought this before Downton and I will think this long after Downton ends.
Now, to wait for Sunday and the Christmas special!