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(Some Guy)   In terms of its appeal, Downton Abbey is more gender specific than a box of tampons. Female viewers like the show because they "secretly yearn for a time when women couldn't vote and poverty was punishable by torture"   (explodingunicorn.blogspot.com ) divider line
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2012-09-26 05:50:13 PM  

KatjaMouse: Pfft... what am I saying. There wouldn't have been a butler buttling for our class bracket. Still, there would have been hired help.


My grandmother actually grew up with servants and went to school with aristocracy. She would be like Cora or her mother was like Cora. Then she married someone from the middle class like Lady Sybil. Therefore, I grew up with no servants and went to public school. My grandfather was worth it though.

So I guess shows like Downton Abbey give me an idea of how my ancestors actually lived. Every once in a while when my kids are screaming I will yell, "Where is my governess? She should be fired!"
 
2012-09-26 05:51:09 PM  
"Nice guys don't just finish last; they go extinct."
true
 
2012-09-26 05:58:07 PM  

Huggermugger: I watch because I've had a girl-crush on Maggie Smith since 1969, when I watched "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" six times. And the beautiful clothes.


I just re-watched "Murder by Death" recently, and I had forgotten how funny she is in that. She takes mundane lines of dialogue and makes them spectacular. "You know, I like her ... I really like her." You wouldn't think a line like that could ROFLize a person, but she does it.
 
2012-09-26 06:00:34 PM  

sure haven't: Lot of butthurt in here.

I thought the article was amusing.


Seconded. I chuckled a couple times. But damn, that guy is married??


CynicalLA: It's a great show and the chicken lady is the shiat.


4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-09-26 06:26:04 PM  
I'm a guy, and love the show. I wish I lived in an era where men could kick the women out after dinner and smoke cigars. Also, I seriously envy Carson's voice.

/American, so I have to wait until January. FFFFuuuuuuuuu-
 
2012-09-26 06:39:19 PM  
Bates is Guilty!
 
2012-09-26 07:25:40 PM  
Every time I see the words "Downton Abbey" I'm tempted to correct a spelling mistake that simply doesn't exist.
 
2012-09-26 07:32:28 PM  
Wow. You stupid coonts all know you'll never fark any of these guys, right?
 
2012-09-26 07:59:48 PM  
Maggie Smith rules that set.

"My lady, I think we won't see each other again"

"Do you promise?"
 
2012-09-26 08:02:34 PM  
"I hope I die heeeeaaaaahhhhhh,,,,,,,,"

Downton Sixby
 
2012-09-26 08:09:59 PM  

sotua: Maggie Smith rules that set.

"My lady, I think we won't see each other again"

"Do you promise?"


That Chicken Lady totally burned!
 
2012-09-26 08:13:37 PM  
kumanoki 2012-09-26 03:32:57 PM

farkeruk: It's costume porn, wat. People in nice dresses with nice accents in nice houses having nice dinner parties.

In Great Britain, Our Royal Majesty's Kingdom, we make tonnes of this shiatdrivel. I'd much rawther that people watched Tyrannosaur or Attack the Block. Wat wat

FTFY, like a sir


This here booger-eatin' skinjob-killin' Colonial slob says you made it frakkin' worse.
 
2012-09-26 08:37:51 PM  

Walt_Jizzney: "I hope I die heeeeaaaaahhhhhh,,,,,,,,"

Downton Sixby


I submitter that when it was first available. Alas, no greenlight for me.
 
2012-09-26 08:40:29 PM  
The best thing about ladies in corsets is when their internal organs rupture! Oh, the pies you can make from ruptured internal organs of genteel ladies, it's better than foie gras.
 
2012-09-26 09:44:43 PM  
Snapper Carr:
Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Snapper Carr: So...

What is the appeal?

An interesting look at how class defines and shapes us, set against the backdrop of great social upheaval and turmoil.

What differentiates it from Upstairs, Downstairs which covered roughly the same territory 40 years ago?


It's NEW, duh. Nobody wants to watch something OLD.

/liked "Upstairs, Downstairs" against all my own expectations.

Dwight_Yeast:
I like it because it's well-made and well-acted, but I was describing it to someone today and it's amazing how much tension every character in the show builds up over the slightest thing (OMG, he came to dinner in a dinner jacket instead of white tie!). It shows just how foolish the upper class were at the beginning of the modern era. When they should have been girding their loins and getting ready for a very different future (or at least, not causing the First World War) but instead they were playing croquet and abusing the staff.

It looks daft to us, because we see the modern world seeping in around their ears, while they cling to the last vestiges of the feudal system while truly contributing very little to society. And things like the dinner etiquette were shibboleths, specifically designed to prevent class mobility, because they prevented a moneyed commoner from simply sliding into aristo circles. Their failures of manners would give them away and they could be properly shunned. This is why they were considered so terribly important.
 
2012-09-26 10:12:17 PM  

sure haven't: Lot of butthurt in here.

I thought the article was amusing.


This. That blog was spot-on.
 
2012-09-26 11:25:40 PM  
I like Downton Abbey well enough, but the costumes and the sex are hotter on The Tudors.
 
2012-09-26 11:37:16 PM  
i tried it watch it. couldn't make it through the first episode. I just...couldn't.
 
2012-09-26 11:41:59 PM  

Theaetetus: The most successful pickup line in America is "I'm a rich, polite man with an English accent." I know this because my wife told me if she ever meets such a person she'll marry him. You don't need to be a suave foreigner to get Lola to leave me - a wino with a speech impediment would be an upgrade from her current husband

[www.bbc.co.uk image 396x222]
"You heard him, Ginger. Fetch me my wooing flask."


Have you seen Mitchell's take on "Downton Abbey?" Link
 
2012-09-27 12:14:35 AM  

Mad Scientist: I'm a guy, and love the show. I wish I lived in an era where men could kick the women out after dinner and smoke cigars. Also, I seriously envy Carson's voice.

/American, so I have to wait until January. FFFFuuuuuuuuu-


DVDs, I hope, not PBS and the version produced by their cut-happy editors

But, at least PBS puts the DVDs out at the same time the first run of the season ends.

/American TV just can't re-air British TV correctly.
 
2012-09-27 12:26:55 AM  
pshaw, we all know that the reason for watching Downton Abby is:

Link
 
2012-09-27 12:57:26 AM  

bring_a_towel: pshaw, we all know that the reason for watching Downton Abby is:

Link


Wow I didn't even realize that was the same girl.
 
2012-09-27 01:42:22 AM  
Downton Abbey seems to be about how straight men would be way better off if the gay guys and most of the women would go away and leave them the fark alone.

The teetotaler's Downton Abbey drinking game:
Drink when a straight guy does something awful to someone else for personal gain or the sheer joy of being an asshole.

You could put a whole season up on a bunch of TVs, watch them simultaneously while playing by the above rule and not even get a buzz. Switch it around and you'd be dead from alcohol poisoning inside three minutes.

/ Not that I mind; just sayin'.
 
2012-09-27 03:01:12 AM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: Well, that blog sucked.


This.

I don't watch Downton Abbey but Gosford Park, the movie that inspired, struck me as mocking the class distinctions and the idea that the wealthy were all so prim and good. I always thought people enjoying things with that sort of setting for the everyday politics that resulted from all the rules.

Maybe his wife is just dumb.
 
2012-09-27 03:16:48 AM  

someonelse: Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: What if the women in question are attractive, emotionally in control, beautifully dressed, and being wooed by romantic sophisticates?

Sometimes women who in real life have a lot of professional success (and the accompanying heavy load of responsibilities and important decisions weighing on us) fantasize about being completely subservient (with a safeword) to someone who is powerfully dominant (in a sexy way.) Or, um, so I've been told.


This.

And sometimes women are just sick of having to make sure everything is working right in every area of their life and their family who just wander like lost puppies otherwise and just want someone else to take over already and make all the decisions, even if (especially if) it's forceful and just in bed.
Because when they try to let people take over in other areas, either it just doesn't happen, or everything goes to hell. And when people take over in bed, at worst, the other person at least takes care of themselves, and sometimes they get an orgasm! And they never would've been willing to put up with all that shiat in the first place if they didn't already rate a little high on the masochism scale.

/and maybe they just like having bruises to jog their memory throughout the day
//to interrupt the daily stress and pressure
///...or so I've also been told.
 
2012-09-27 05:40:39 AM  

blueviking: Or maybe that's just the sanitized/fairy tale version of sex they're looking for, nothing hurts, no awkward moments or blunders, etc. it's all perfectly orchestrated and there's very little left of the dirty, animalistic business that makes up a lot of encounters. So, maybe not a fear of sex itself, but an escape from all the nasty emotional entanglements, let-downs, or weirdness that may come with the real thing.


Yeah, I don't ever picture Lady Mary getting jizz in her eye...
 
2012-09-27 06:16:51 AM  

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: bring_a_towel: pshaw, we all know that the reason for watching Downton Abby is:

Link

Wow I didn't even realize that was the same girl.


Me neither. Being a scullery maid sure can ugly up a hot gal.
 
2012-09-27 07:05:26 AM  
I also "yearn for a time when women couldn't vote" but I am a guy.
 
2012-09-27 09:22:14 AM  
Im 42... a man.. and i LOVE the show.. i was flipping channels and saw about 5 minutes and i was hooked... it is just a great show
 
2012-09-27 09:22:53 AM  
P.S. and since i can't edit my post.. i just wanted to add.. it has ZERO black people.. not one EVER.. its a slice of heaven..
 
2012-09-27 09:32:01 AM  

RatMaster999: blueviking: Or maybe that's just the sanitized/fairy tale version of sex they're looking for, nothing hurts, no awkward moments or blunders, etc. it's all perfectly orchestrated and there's very little left of the dirty, animalistic business that makes up a lot of encounters. So, maybe not a fear of sex itself, but an escape from all the nasty emotional entanglements, let-downs, or weirdness that may come with the real thing.

Yeah, I don't ever picture Lady Mary getting jizz in her eye...


You don't?

/slinks away
 
2012-09-27 09:34:36 AM  

moothemagiccow: The worst thing about the show is the unbelievable empathy of His Lordship. I'm crippled but I want to butle! His Lordship'll hire your lame ass. I'm going blind, but I'm poor! This'll ruin me! Nope, His Lordship's got it. I'm eloping with the driver! His Lordship don't give a fark. But I'm your daughter, it'll ruin everything! Not really; here's some money.

Other than that, it's your standard soap opera with a Jane Austen romance tossed in.


I disagree - he's the best part. He's what an English lord should be - concerned about helping his people as much as possible, upright, upstanding, and honest.
 
2012-09-27 10:32:54 AM  

No Such Agency:
And things like the dinner etiquette were shibboleths, specifically designed to prevent class mobility, because they prevented a moneyed commoner from simply sliding into aristo circles.


s7.postimage.org
Sees what you did there....
 
2012-09-27 12:11:11 PM  

doloresonthedottedline: I don't watch Downton Abbey but Gosford Park, the movie that inspired, struck me as mocking the class distinctions and the idea that the wealthy were all so prim and good. I always thought people enjoying things with that sort of setting for the everyday politics that resulted from all the rules.


Yeah, that's Robert Altman for you. It was also a satire of the British drawing room murder mystery style, a send up of the Agatha Christie genre where the lowly detective slowly pieces all the clues together and then triumphantly reveals that the least suspected person is actually the villain. In GP, Stephen Fry doesn't do anything worth mentioning and nobody is arrested.
 
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