Thursday, January 10, 2013

Smuggy McSmuggerson Has Returned

That would be Lady Grantham from Downton Abbey, of course.  Maggie Smith plays a crotchety, amazing sharp tongued matriarch and this season (check out some of these best lines from seasons past), I swear they have ramped up her outrageous lines to the max. 

I haven't really ever been a PBS watcher.  My memories of PBS are in my grandparents living room.  They watched PBS a lot but their tv was kind of small.  The quality of programming in the 80s was not great so it was always hard to hear and kind of gray and dark.  My grandfather loved the British comedies like Fawlty Towers and Are You Being Served, but I could have done without.  Ok, I did enjoy Fawlty Towers, even back then.

Masterpiece Theater, wait it was probably spelled Theatre back then, was on at 9pm and definitely not something I would have chosen to watch.  The shows were always very dramatic and not my thing, really.  I remember the name "Upstairs, Downstairs" listed in the tv guide and I could not imagine what the heck went on in that show.  Today, I'm told that it was the original Downton Abbey.

I can't tell you what first drew me to watching Downton Abbey 3 years ago.  It might have been simply that the lighting was slightly better than the old PBS shows and it sounded like it might have intrigue.  And, I don't like to watch shows that took place before electricity (I'm such a snob) and this was right on the cusp of it, so it was ok, in my mind.

I was hooked right away and watched every Sunday night.   K-ster watched with me, even as that first season was painfully slow.  Season 2, I watched online and it was much better paced.

Here we are at season 3 and I've just watched the first episode.  They added Shirly McLane as Lady Grantham's American nemesis and I think it is the wittiest thing I've seen in ages.

Now, without spoiling the episode for those who haven't had a chance to see it yet(the first one is almost 2 hours this year!) can you share your favorite Lady Grantham line in this episode?  It's hard because there were so very many.

And here are some wonderfully made paper dolls for your lunchtime entertainment.  Cut them out and play with them with your friends at lunch.  You'll be the coolest kid at school!

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  1. So many people talk about this show! I need to watch it!!!

  2. Thank you for joining us for Let's Get Social Sunday :) Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am a new follower. I love the link to the paper dolls! I need to catch up on this show! :) Have a great week!


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