HGTV bores me to death.
The History Channel is rarely ever about history.
And I’ve never learned anything useful from TLC.
(Please note, these views are not shared by Sarabeth.)
While I’ve been privy to The Office for the last several years, that show is on its last leg and will no longer be aired after this season. (I hope fervently for Dwight’s show to be a success, though I have my doubts.) I’m also a big fan of Parenthood, but sometimes the show hits too close to home and can make us a little uncomfortable with certain issues they tackle.
But there’s another show out there much more to the likes of Avonlee fans and – well, anyone with good taste, really.
You’ve likely heard of Downton Abbey at some point in the last three years since America began airing this British-based drama. In fact, if you’re like me, you’ve probably seen it advertised somewhere on an Internet banner and have pronounced it “Downtown Abbey.”
Let me assure you, for someone who’s not into British entertainment (or, more accurately, never gave it a chance), it was the very first time I was hooked into a show less than ten minutes into the pilot episode. Sarabeth and I have been watching it since last summer and we cannot be more pleased with our choice of Sunday night entertainment.
She likes it for all the drama and suspense. I like it for it’s unique character-study and brilliant screenwriting. Authors – you would benefit from watching this show for those two reasons alone.
The fact that nothing overly climatic happens very often makes the show that much more realistic. The characters aren’t as cut and dry as in a typical show. Once you decide you like someone, they go and do something questionable, causing you to not be so quick to put your trust in anyone. Characters you hate from the start will sometimes surprise you and redeem themselves.
And the history of the class-separation lifestyle in England in the early twentieth century is absolutely intriguing. Not to mention the way the screenwriters faithfully weave the story in and out of the threads of major historical events.
As a writer, Downton Abbey has challenged me, and is pushing me to write better, more believable characters. It is fairly safe for the entire family, as most underhanded comments will go over kids’ heads.
The third season just premiered last week. You can catch seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix or Hulu.
If you’re like me and find most television dull and lacking, or you just need a good, quality show to get wrapped up in, treat yourself to entertainment at its best. And be prepared to be hooked. I have yet to hear one negative review of this astounding show that has swept both Europe and America by storm.