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Thread: Downton Abbey / Upstairs Downstairs

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    Downton Abbey / Upstairs Downstairs

    My husband and I have been watching Downton Abbey. So far we've watched all of Season 1 & 2. Now we only have two episodes left (starting Season 3) to watch before we're caught up.

    We are really enjoying this series, and I was wondering, is the series Upstairs Downstairs somewhat like Downton Abbey? Have any of you watched Upstairs Downstairs? Did you enjoy it?

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    Upstairs Downstairs has many similarities to Downton. It originally ran from 1971-1975 and was a blockbuster for its time. The story ran from 1903-1930. There was a new series by that name in 2010 where someone went back to the old house. I've seen them all but am just fascinated by Downton Abbey. I watch each episode 2 or 3 times in reruns and just cackle at some of the clever lines. I think I could memorize many scenes, and I have a lousy memory these days. Maggie Smith's character is my favorite, but I love following them all. I think the Upstairs serieses (both of them) are enjoyable in a different way, but worth watching too. Julian Fellows, who writes Downton also wrote Gosford Park which is my hubby's favorite movie. Similar idea, really. It's what I prefer to the "reality" shows that are often so vulgar and vacuous. Ok, stupid. The layers of class, the clothes, the house, the people. Ok, enough from me!
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    I just happened upon Upstairs, Downstairs last night. only the last 15 minutes of it though!

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    i never caught the U/D series when it first ran. A few months ago, I watched the entire series on Netflix and could not stop watching. The only thing I didn't like was the son... just not my kind of guy. however, it does not even compare with Downton Abbey in my humble opinion. The characters are all wonderful. I wasn't entirely thrilled with Shirley McClain's part... I really expected more from her. I feel so badly for Edyth
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    I just got hooked on Downton Abbey and so did the hubby...hehe. I agree with you Nancy...poor Edyth. I wonder if she'll go to America w/her gram...

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    Oh, I think they will find Edith a really good job to do. Shirley's character was definitely not up to the Crawley standards, but she was fun. Happily her visit didn't last very long.
    "The business of life is making memories. In the end, it is all we have." Butler Charlie Carson, Downton Abbey, season 4, episode 3, PBS.

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    I predict that she will go to America too - poor thing - I am hooked on this series - and I love that each episode is about 1 1/2 hr each.

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    The original Upstairs downstairs is the gold standard for Masterpiece theater. I watched it back in the day and then got the VHS tapes when they came out. I have sat with them for hours. Downton Abbey is wonderful but will never eclipse U/D.

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    In this last eopisode did you see those hand-cranked sewing machines being used by the "reformed" women??? So cool...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geri B View Post
    In this last eopisode did you see those hand-cranked sewing machines being used by the "reformed" women??? So cool...
    I love Downton Abbey and yes really enjoyed those sewing machines!!

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    I just started watching Downton Abbey- wanted to see what all the buzz was about! So I am stating with season 1. My first thought was - this is kinda boring. But said I was going to watch at least a few to give it a chance. Now I am kinda into it so I think I am going to keep watching. I love the expressions on the Dowager's face- she cracks me up!
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    Downtown Abbey is so well done. Sunday evening is filled with history and beautiful clothes. Would it not be fun to visit for a day and take in all the splendor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dpo View Post
    Downtown Abbey is so well done. Sunday evening is filled with history and beautiful clothes. Would it not be fun to visit for a day and take in all the splendor?
    Yes as long as they had modern plumbing!!

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    I'm hooked on Downton Abby---- Upstairs Downstairs was great too. I get 4 public television stations so I get to see each episode more than once!
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    I love Downton Abbey. I think the clothes were better in the earlier episodes. The newer 20's clothing isn't as fun. Anyway, because of Downton, I decided to watch the entire Upstairs Downstairs series on Netflix. That was really good too. My favorites on Downton are Maggie Smith's character, Mary and John Bates. Did anyone see him rough up his cell mate? Hmmmm - made you think!

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    I love Downton Abbey, I also watched U/D back in the days, I loved it but it doesn't compare with DA. I did not like the recent U/D at all, so I stopped watching it. I have become very fond of the characters from DA, every one of them and most of all I like Maggie Smith while I find Matthew's mom sort of annoying. But I still like her.

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    We watch the series, enjoy it.
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    I've never watched Upstairs Downstairs, but I absolutely love Downton Abbey. It's the best show on television these days.

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    I would watch DA even if it wasn't a great as it is just to watch Maggie Smith. She absolutely steals every scene she's in without even seeming to try. My fav? The one where she's hiding behind her fan from the electric lights in DA 1

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    I was seriously ticked when the BBC ended Larkrise to Candleford when it was still going strong, in favor of Downton Abbey....but have become a big time fan of the Crawley Clan, (and everyone downstairs)...since! Such a sophisticated and stylish soap! LOL

    I was disappointed in Shirley MacLaine's portrayal of Martha Levinson, but can't decide if it was how she acted the part or how it was written.

    Poor Lady Edith, I was shocked at the turn of events that left her alone at the altar......never saw THAT coming. I was so hoping she would get her Happy Ending. (

    I am so glad to see that there are others who are enjoying DA, too.
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    I love that show...also I watch the call of the Mid wife...they are free on the PBS website.
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/...haracters.html
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    I love Downton Abbey. And I was going to ask if anyone is watching Call The Midwilfe. I love that one too.

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    Well, ladies, this is my second raving over Downton Abbey coming from my computer; it is also all over my FB entries. I never watch TV, but it looks like I am going to have to change my way of thinking. How do you go about getting the whole series you have mentioned on Netflix. I think we have Netflix, and I have probaby watched one movie on it. I can't figure out how to make it go from the listings to the TV screen, and my husband never has the time or inclination to come in and help me through it.....
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    Yes, I saw them at the h.c. sewing mach.'s too. Neat. Love that show.
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    I too love this show and was wondering where did you watch seasons 1 and 2 as I missed them as well?

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