PODCAST! – Looking Back at “Downton Abbey” (The CPU! Goodbye to Downton, Part Two, MAJOR SPOILERS) + The Best Written TV (#43) + The Hollywood Reporter’s 100 Favorites (#44)


Who:  “Downton Abbey,” aired in the United States on public TV, specifically on PBS, from 2010-2016.

What: “Downton Abbey,” the story of the life and times of a fictional lord, his family, his servants, and his estate in Yorkshire, England, in the early twentieth century (for a more detailed Synopsis, read here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/downtonabbey/synopsis.html).

When: The show aired in its entirety on PBS or public broadcasting from 2010 to 2016.

Where: The show is set Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, and spans the years 1912-1926.

Why: Downton Abbey is so popular among the CPU! panelists who have covered it, we couldn’t say goodbye with just one podcast episode.  In addition, Downton Abbey has been influential enough in its time to make two best-of lists being covered by CPU!  So, we felt we really needed one more deep-dive discussion and one more tip of the hat to say a proper goodbye to this wonderful drama.

How – as in How Much Do We Love this Show?!

Couch Potatoes Unite!’s Complete Downton Abbey Coverage

Season Four’s Written Recap

Season Five’s Podcast

Season Six’s Podcast

Our Downton Abbey panel of fans and enthusiasts of varying degrees – Kristen (L), Krista, Stacey, Spencer and Kristin T. – could not leave Downton behind forever without spending quality time saying a long and (mostly) loving goodbye to this show, which has been in our lives for six years. After our season/series 6 discussion, we decided to reconvene to discuss the show as a whole, including all of its ups and the occasional downs, for part two of our two-part CPU! series in which Couch Potatoes Unite! says goodbye to this fantastic program. In this second part, our panelists delve deep, reminiscing about what we loved and we did not like as much from Downton’s six seasons and about whether we think this series will hold up over time or whether it was a bit of lightning in a bottle, appropriate for the first half of the 2010s, even as the show hearkened back 90 years.

This second part of our two-part Downton goodbye was recorded on May 7, 2016, and there are, without doubt, major spoilers.  Give it a listen, and tell us what you think!

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Remember, new episodes and blog posts are published weekly!  Next Wednesday, we will be publishing another “Looking Back” episode, this time reminiscing about sudsy formerly Sunday soap opera Desperate Housewives, featuring some familiar voices and a brand new moderator (while CPU! Chief CP Kylie sits in as a panelist, for an unusual twist). Stay tuned!


Our Downton Abbey panel recommends the show to lovers of period dramas; one panelist called the show “the right way to do a period drama.”  The panel also recommends Downton to Anglophiles, whether you live in England or not, as well as to those who simply appreciate quality television and quality drama, as Downton is replete with beautiful cinematography, settings, and costumes; high quality performances; and attention to detail with respect to history. Those who do not enjoy slower-moving, deliberative dramas like Downton will probably not enjoy it.  Most of the panel also felt that the show is best lived through once, unless the second viewing is with someone watching it for the first time, though one panelist thought she might revisit it in years to come.  In any event, all of the panelists enjoyed the six-season and fourteen-year journey of these characters, and if you have any proclivity toward shows of similar ilk, you likely will too.  The entire series is available to stream on Amazon Prime (season six has not yet been released to the service, though).

Did you watch Downton?  Let us know in the comments, and tell us what you thought of any or all of its six seasons!  And stay tuned!  Though our Downton coverage is primarily done, don’t be surprised if it makes an appearance or two in coming discussions, from time to time.  CPU! has some great plans to expand our panel formats in new and exciting ways. Details coming soon (as we work them out)! 🙂



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  1. kyliekeelee · May 19, 2016

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