Downton Abbey

30 Best Pop Culture Spinsters

The word “spinster” refers to an unmarried woman, and is most often synonymous with the stereotype of the past-her-prime old maid, a woman who hasn’t made a good match and who’s doomed to live an unfulfilling life. Well, that’s just stereotypes talking, because… hey, what’s wrong with that, exactly? The answer is absolutely nothing. Pop culture has given us some pretty great spinsters (although on average they do fall within a specific, homogenous, moneyed, and white demographic). So here are our 30 favorite writers, artists, and fictional characters who show the freedom that comes from living an unmarried life — female characters who are defined by their wants and desires, and not characterized through the simple scrim of their relationships. … Read More

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‘Downton Abbey’ Has Finally Become the Soap Opera Its Critics Always Said It Was

Like a town crier, I spent much of the year before Downton Abbey first aired stateside telling my friends and family, “You will watch this and you will love it.” And throughout its first two seasons, I remained a diehard follower. Should this not already be clear, I have quite the soft spot for British period drama, particularly when it takes place in a glorious Great House, is rife with class overtones, and oozes sentimentality and snobbery. … Read More

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2014, The Year We Were Angry: Links You Need to See

Social media is good for a few things. It’s good for seeing pictures of high school friends. It’s good for learning that those friends have babies now, and that those babies all look alike. It’s also good for hearing about those friends’ vacations, and how great they were. It’s even better for ranting about things you hate (like seeing pictures of your friends’ vacations), regardless of whether or not they really warrant feelings strong enough to be considered “hate.”  … Read More

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10 Famous TV Locations You Can Visit In Real Life

In honor of Friends‘ 20th anniversary, Central Perk — complete with its massive couch — is about to become a reality this fall in SoHo. While the coffee shop will only be temporary, however, there are plenty of TV landmarks that remain long after the camera crews leave. Here’s a collection of famous locations from rural Washington to the south of England that aren’t a Hollywood backlot. … Read More

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Watch the Trailer for ‘Downton Abbey’ Season Five

Ominous statements (“Our grandchild is about to be stolen from us forever.”), passionate embraces, knowing glances, and fire dominate… Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: Sarah Jessica Parker Returns to TV, Natasha Lyonne Joins ‘Girls’

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week, Sarah Jessica Parker returns to TV, Downton Abbey gets a Season 5 promo, and Natasha Lyonne joins Girls. … Read More

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‘Downton Abbey’ Season 4 Finale Recap

I hate to say it, but they saved the best for last with the Downton Abbey Season 4 finale, which aired as a Christmas special in the UK. They took us away from the estate, and gave us a reason to remember what made the show so appealing early on, by featuring interesting subplots and plenty of great costumes. … Read More

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‘Downton Abbey’ Season 4 Episode 7 Recap

There is a chance that this fourth season of Downton Abbey will end up pulling one out during the home stretch, and we’ll be able to look back on all of it (save for the Anna rape scene) fondly. It’s something I didn’t think possible during the season’s early episodes, but as we inch closer to the finale, Downton doesn’t seem ready to let itself become one of those shows that’s great for a few seasons, then starts to rot away by the third or fourth. … Read More

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