If you’re not already on the bandwagon — although I suspect many of you are since I’m apparently late to this tea party — the most entertaining historical show on TV right now is Downton Abbey, a drama set in WWI era England which follows the lives of a British aristocratic family and their trove of servants.
I only heard about it a couple of weeks ago, but thanks to our British friends who made the series, there are already two complete seasons — with a third kicking off in September. For those of you playing catch up, you can:
- Power through Season 1 with some weekend dedication via Netflix (do the streaming option), and then set your DVR to your local PBS station to haul in the first four episodes of Season 2 (“new” episodes are on Sunday evenings).
- Buy the DVDs for both seasons
You’ll quickly settle on your favorite character as you imagine yourself running around this place in one way or another 100 years ago:
My favorite is the cook Mrs. Patmore, and I’ve reached the point now where I can decipher every fifth or sixth word she says under her thick accent. Just makes her all the more lovable.
Let me know your favorites — as long as it’s not Thomas…