It’s a beautiful day in Memphis with clear blue skies and I’m sitting at my computer. Everything I speak against. (well, at least I have my doors open and great music playing) I’m in this state because I stayed up until 5 am watching Downton Abbey and now am pausing the play button long enough to blog about the fantastic series.
It’s as good as you’ve heard. I’m so thrilled that money was spent to create such a beautiful show full of amazing homes. The large house (above) and smaller brick cottages (my favorite). The furniture is a true joy to focus on during the scenes.
I’ll explain how good it is. I’m watching the show all at once thanks to my Amazon Prime membership, but the only non Apple computer I have in the house is a small mini laptop. VERY SMALL. So I stayed up all night in bed with that little screen up to my eyes taking in this addictive story of war time England. Bridget, my cat, was sprawled across my neck. I still didn’t budge until the wee hours of the morning when my eyes were burning so I couldn’t see any longer. Of course the show comes on every Sunday night on PBS, free for cable-less folks like me, but I had to watch all at once which required turning to the web. You can watch the season 2 shows you’ve missed at the PBS site.
It tells a story that combines two families of sorts. The family upstairs and the “family” of servants downstairs. Yes, it has a soap opera quality about it, but the moody well crafted scenes and superb acting take it beyond that description.
I’m as hesitant as anyone to jump on board the latest fad that promises to take us out of our lives and put us in front of a screen watching others live, but on this one, I’m giving myself approval.