to watch / if you like downton abbey…

I cut the cable television cord in mid-2012. Then, I got a Roku and it changed my life. I already had Amazon Prime and have been supplementing with Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Aereo. There is some slight overlap with these and I watch Amazon Prime the least. I used to watch a lot of reality television and I can’t say I miss it. On the other hand, it’s so easy to binge on any single show and I’ve been catching up on some TV shows including some British period dramas and other bad ones that are not worth mentioning. If you like Downtown Abbey, check these out:

Upstairs, Downstairs (2011, 2012)

I never watched the original and this is supposed to be a continuation of the original. You don’t need it for background. It is a bit glitzy and is set around the World Wars. Watch both seasons for free with Amazon Prime.

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to watch / downton abbey season 2

Season 2 of Downton Abbey has come to an end. I can’t wait for Season 3! The closing to Season 2 was the two hour Christmas special and they didn’t actually air it until Christmas. I will resist from posting any spoilers…

In case you haven’t found Season 2 online yet (it was released in the UK during the fall), PBS will start broadcasting Season 2 on January 8, 2012. Catch up on Season 1 here.

Image source: ITV.

I’m not sure how long it will stay on Youtube, but watch the Christmas special here:

to watch / downton abbey

Lately my attention has been shifting from reality TV to period dramas. Downton Abbey to be exact. I had a strict upbringing in that the Simpsons and 90210 weren’t approved entertainment. There were plenty of movies you would find on TCM’s 100 and PBS.

Downton Abbey is set in the early twentieth century and balances between the “upstairs” family of the Earl and “downstairs” servants. The first episode kicked off with the sinking of the Titanic and closed with England entering WWI. I read about Downton Abbey on Apartment Therapy, an interior decor blog, of all places, but for good reason. The series is chock full of amazing sets – the interiors, immaculate English gardens, architecture, and fashion! The quality of acting doesn’t hurt either.

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can stream Season One for free. Season Two is in progress in the UK and won’t hit stateside until February 2012. If you’re impatient like I am, I’ve been streaming Season Two episodes at They’re timely with updating after every Sunday evening broadcast.

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