Downton Abbey

‘Downton Abbey’ Season 4 Episodes 1 and 2 Recap

Sometimes it’s difficult, while watching Downton Abbey, to feel sympathy for any of the show’s characters, be it the various members of the Grantham clan or the servants who run the household. For me, the obvious plot that comes to mind is Bates’ prison stint for the murder he didn’t commit. All we should want is for the goodhearted Bates to live free with his beloved Anna, but he is always such a martyr that we stop feeling bad for him anymore. Downton Abbey‘s biggest problem is that it makes the characters so saccharin and so proper that it’s hard to genuinely like or relate to them. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to 2014 Midseason TV

Community returned last night after a long hiatus, and with a new helping of original creator Dan Harmon. It was the inaugural punch of a really strong midseason slate of new and returning shows. At this point we’re starting to prefer the January-March run of new stuff to the fall, actually. Here’s all the most interesting shows that will either premiere or start new seasons in the next three months. … Read More

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2013 in TV: The Year Art Gave Us an Appetite for Trash

On the face of it, 2013 was just as strong a year as any in recent memory for the kind of prestige programming that has critics declaring a contemporary golden age of television. It was the year when one of TV’s most ambitious dramas, Breaking Bad, performed its swan song for over ten million viewers, a number that would make any network executive jealous. It was the year when Netflix not only resurrected the too-smart-for-primetime sitcom Arrested Development but also launched two equally intelligent (and arguably stronger) shows, Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards. It was even the year when books on the subject — namely, Brett Martin’s Difficult Men and Alan Sepinwall’s The Revolution Was Televised — started appearing to solidify this creeping consensus for posterity. … Read More

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Why Historical Fiction Works Better on Television Than in Literature

James McBride is having a great year, especially since taking home the National Book Award for his novel The Good Lord Bird last month. Up against heavyweights like Thomas Pynchon and critical darlings such as Rachel Kushner and George Saunders, the book, whose plot follows a 12-year-old slave after John Brown kills his master, was hailed as a surprise winner (although we weren’t that shocked). But many of the award’s past recipients (E.L. Doctrow’s 1986 novel World’s Fair, Charles Frazier’s 1997 winner Cold Mountain, Lily Tuck’s 2004 winner The News From Paraguay) are novels rooted in history, some of which fictionalize real-life characters and events.  … Read More

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12 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘Masterpiece’

A certain kind of person gets really excited about a book like Rebecca Eaton’s memoir Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on PBSand I am one of those people. Eaton has been in charge of the series, which premiered on PBS in January of 1971, for almost 30 years now, a period that has seen Masterpiece winning awards, acclaim, and admiration from generations of fans who love a good costume drama. … Read More

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You Can Now Drink ‘Downton Abbey’ Wine

Here’s your latest pop culture-themed alcohol tie-in, so you can get your thematic drink on. Wines That Rock have released… Read More

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Virginia Woolf on Next Season of ‘Downtown Abbey’

It seems that Bloomsbury will meet Lord Grantham in the 4th season of Downton Abbey, as it has been revealed that… Read More

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