Month: February 2013

Downton Abbey Gets Meta

I only just started watching Downton Abbey over the winter break and subsequently became OBSESSED. I watched the first and second season just in time to start the third season when it debuted here in the US. I know I’m a tad late to the game (even more so considering when it started in the UK), but with Season 3 in the thick of things [Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen the current season!] there is a bit of Downton Abbey fever going on. And no, I am not talking about the Spanish Flu or whatever the hell Sybil got. But because of this fervor, there have been some great DA parodies and tributes. Firstly, Sesame Street just posted yesterday a lesson in learning about ups and downs, starring the uncanny muppet incarnations of Mr. Carson and the Dowager Countess of Grantham in “Upside Downton Abbey”:

Then there is the hilariously accurate modern-adaptation of transferring all the drama from Downton to Facebook. Yep, Facebook threads as episode recaps. The little nuances are so spot on, you will bust a gut laughing if you even remotely like the series [Season 3 Spoilers!]:

“If Downton Abbey took place entirely on Facebook: Season 3, Episode 4”

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Then there’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon‘s take on DA with “Downton Sixbey” which is pretty funny. I mostly love Fred Armisen’s cameo (perfect casting!) and the later use of Whoopi Goldberg in a following sketch.

And just when it couldn’t get better, Stephen Colbert and his team concocted a spectacular mash-up of Downton Abbey and Breaking Bad. That’s right, I give you “Breaking Abbey.”