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Old 01-16-2013, 07:56 AM   #1
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Downton Abbey - Should I Start Watching It?

OK....so, should I really start watching it?

Is it really as good as all the publicity, hype and awards?

I'm generally not a fan of period shows or of British television in general, so what is different about this show that would make me like it?

In general, I have loved Big Love, Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Nurse Jackie, Shameless, Nip/Tuck, Sex and the City, Homeland, Grey's Anatomy, Law & Order (s), Modern Family, Rescue Me, etc.

If I like those...am I likely to enjoy Downton Abbey or......? thanks!
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:23 AM   #2
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I thought the same, but jumped-in this season. I think the show is pretty good, though it can move slowly at times, but that may be part of the appeal. More immersion than action.

I had a little coaching from my wife during the first episode of this season to catch me up on all the characters and back stories, so that helped a lot.

Find a way to add a Ninja here and there, it'd be perfect!
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:28 AM   #3
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Thanks!

I have the first two seasons on DVD, that I received as a gift, so given that we're moving into the dead of winter.....starting up with Season 1 will be a good place to start and I'll take it from there.

I do love a good "soap opera", which is what I understand DA to be, right? (well, pretty much).

I'll give it several episodes and go from there. From everyone has said, I'd be hooked sooner than that!
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:44 AM   #4
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OK....so, should I really start watching it?

Is it really as good as all the publicity, hype and awards?

I'm generally not a fan of period shows or of British television in general, so what is different about this show that would make me like it?

In general, I have loved Big Love, Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Nurse Jackie, Shameless, Nip/Tuck, Sex and the City, Homeland, Grey's Anatomy, Law & Order (s), Modern Family, Rescue Me, etc.

If I like those...am I likely to enjoy Downton Abbey or......? thanks!
We have (or had) every one of those shows on Season Pass, and we LOVE Downton Abbey. Definitely give it a try. I predict you'll be hooked after the first episode.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:27 AM   #5
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You have the DVD's put one in watch 1 episode. There is your answer
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:29 AM   #6
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The show is like Mad Men, a character study. Lots of character development, lots of dialogue, I know that can put some people to sleep but I enjoy them.

I didn't care for all the plot arcs the show set up for the characters, but overall the show is enjoyable.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:34 AM   #7
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Thanks! Guess I have my answer(s)!

Will definitely watch, maybe this weekend........
then I'll know what everyone is raving about!
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:58 AM   #8
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I'm generally not a fan of period shows or of British television in general, so what is different about this show that would make me like it?
Keep an eye out for all the scheming and intrigue downstairs. You'll like that part. And upstairs, pay attention to the Dowager Countess, because she gets all the best lines.

I had to laugh at your opening post, though. It's like someone saying that they hate chocolate, so what was different about this box of chocolate that would make them like it.

The answer "it's really good chocolate" doesn't really suffice.

I don't watch most of the shows you listed, but if you like Modern Family, you may like Downton Abbey for the wit; if you like Sex and the City, ditto, plus the fashion. The wardrobe people have gone all-out and the clothes are gorgeous.

The only overlap we have is Grey's Anatomy. There is a bit of "who is involved with whom" in Downton, but the pace at which everything happens in Downton is not at the same as it is in Shondaland.

There is a lot going on in the set design, costuming, etc. so if things are going too slowly, you can always
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Old 01-04-2014, 03:13 PM   #9
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We finally got on the bandwagon. Lots of our friends watch, and we had a snowstorm S01 marathon yesterday off Amazon Prime streaming. It's the kind of stuff I love, a period piece with beautiful English countryside. The only slightly weird thing for me is the girl who plays Anna is the absolute double of a girl I once dated. Funny to hear her talk with a British accent.

I will record S04 and we'll watch them when we're caught up, ie no later than next weekend knowing us.
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Old 01-04-2014, 03:43 PM   #10
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Great stories and great acting. Maggie Smith has some of the best one-liners you'll ever hear on TV or in the movies. By far one of the best shows to come along in quite a while. I believe it is currently the most watched TV show on the planet.

By all means, start with the first episode. You won't need any further coercing to keep watching.
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Old 01-04-2014, 07:16 PM   #11
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.... Maggie Smith has some of the best one-liners you'll ever hear on TV or in the movies.....
Truer words were never spoken. The show is worth watching just for her.
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Old 01-05-2014, 09:38 AM   #12
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Truer words were never spoken. The show is worth watching just for her.
Forum runner shows the last post on preview so this is all I saw.

And I was 100% certain who you were referring to!
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I blew through S4 in two days. I'm ready for 5.
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Wait, what? The S4 premiere is tonight.
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Old 01-05-2014, 12:46 PM   #15
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Wait, what? The S4 premiere is tonight.
She possibly has the seasons mixed up, but it's possible she watched it. Season 4 has already aired in the UK. I've already watched it via alternative methods.

That said, I'm planning on watching the US airings as well and am excited for the season premiere tonight.
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Old 01-05-2014, 12:49 PM   #16
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Many of us have already watched. :-)
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Old 01-05-2014, 12:50 PM   #17
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Many of us have already watched. :-)
....and now we finally get to talk about it! Lol.
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I meant S4...I have alternative means.
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I blew through S4 in two days. I'm ready for 5.
So did my wife...thank God!
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Old 01-06-2014, 06:34 AM   #20
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It's all a matter of taste and preferences. I can't tell you that you should watch it (any more than I can tell you you will like lobster or stir-fry). I can only tell you that, so far, I have very much enjoyed it and am looking forward to watching tonight's episode. Last year's season was too short for me!
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Old 01-06-2014, 11:17 PM   #21
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I thought I had the new season recorded, but DirecTV had it called as Masterpiece Classic instead of Downton Abbey. I caught it and got the first ep to record tomorrow night. Be careful, folks.
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I thought I had the new season recorded, but DirecTV had it called as Masterpiece Classic instead of Downton Abbey. I caught it and got the first ep to record tomorrow night. Be careful, folks.
Actually, it has been this way every year. "Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey".
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Actually, it has been this way every year. "Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey".
On my guide it's always been just "Masterpiece Classic" every year, and Sherlock is always just "Masterpiece Mystery!"... which makes sense, they air a lot of other programs on Masterpiece Classic and Masterpiece Mystery! than just Downton Abbey and Sherlock.
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My girlfriend talked me into watching it and I'm glad she did!
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Actually, it has been this way every year. "Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey".
I wanted to accumulate as many episodes as possible since my wife is getting interested in watching the show and was also thrown off by this. I ended up setting up a wishlist with keywords "Masterpiece" and "Downton" and that seemed to work.

How is everyone else handling TiVo recordings of the show?
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How is everyone else handling TiVo recordings of the show?
I have a season pass for "Masterpiece Classic", set to "New Only".
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On my guide it's always been just "Masterpiece Classic" every year, and Sherlock is always just "Masterpiece Mystery!"... which makes sense, they air a lot of other programs on Masterpiece Classic and Masterpiece Mystery! than just Downton Abbey and Sherlock.
Your comment made me curious, so I reviewed the situation on my TiVo. My wishlish recording is for the keywords "masterpiece" and "Downton". The guide listing is as you say, "Masterpiece Classic", with the episode being "Downton Abbey Season 4". And the individual recordings, once made, are entitled what I said, "Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey".

So I think that clears it all up.
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I have a season pass for "Masterpiece Classic", set to "New Only".
Thanks. Do you just manually delete the non-Downton Abbey episodes that also get recorded?
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Thanks. Do you just manually delete the non-Downton Abbey episodes that also get recorded?
Nope, I delete the season pass when Downton Abbey is done.
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