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Today I continue examining who has the upper hand comparing the lush “Downton Abbey” with the classic “Upstairs, Downstairs.”  Who is the stronger household—the Crawleys or the Bellamys?  Let’s find out!

NB— I tried to line up the roles as best I could.  Maggie Smith is beyond amazing, but I left her out of the mix because she simply has no “UD” equivalent.  Also, I tried to have the characters based on how long they held the role.  For example, Elizabeth Bellamy was indeed the only daughter in “UD,” but Georgina was in the show much, much longer.  Also, while Edward was valet, footman and chauffeur, I used him in the role of footman because that is the position be retained for the bulk of the series.

So it’s a draw!  If you factor in “DA” has a primary matriarch (Maggie Smith), a housekeeper and a consistent valet, they would win more default.

To be honest, I don’t feel bad I stacked the deck in “UD”’s favor.  While it seems downright stodgy compared to the lush “DA” sets and costumes and superior acting, I think the characters in “UD” are a little less soap-opera-esque and are more true to actual people you would have found alive when the series was set (1903-30).  Even if it seems very 1970s in its production values, many people who were alive during the Edwardian era would have been inspiration for the show, perhaps.  I don’t know.  “UD” is my sentimental favorite, and I’m not apologizing for that!  🙂

I can’t get into either of these shows which is probably just as well as I already watch about tow hours of TV a day 🙂

LOL I only watch about two hours of TV a week. My family & family watch a lot more than I do, so I head to wikipedia to catch up on plot summaries. It takes me just a few seconds to get the recap and I at least know what they’re talking about. “Upstairs Downstairs” takes a real commitment to watch but at least “Downton” is a little lighter. Thanks for your comment! 😀

Today I continue examining who has the upper hand comparing the lush “Downton Abbey” with the classic “Upstairs, Downstairs.”  Who is the stronger household—the Crawleys or the Bellamys?  Let’s find out!

NB— I tried to line up the roles as best I could.  Maggie Smith is beyond amazing, but I left her out of the mix because she simply has no “UD” equivalent.  Also, I tried to have the characters based on how long they held the role.  For example, Elizabeth Bellamy was indeed the only daughter in “UD,” but Georgina was in the show much, much longer.  Also, while Edward was valet, footman and chauffeur, I used him in the role of footman because that is the position be retained for the bulk of the series.

So it’s a draw!  If you factor in “DA” has a primary matriarch (Maggie Smith), a housekeeper and a consistent valet, they would win more default.

To be honest, I don’t feel bad I stacked the deck in “UD”’s favor.  While it seems downright stodgy compared to the lush “DA” sets and costumes and superior acting, I think the characters in “UD” are a little less soap-opera-esque and are more true to actual people you would have found alive when the series was set (1903-30).  Even if it seems very 1970s in its production values, many people who were alive during the Edwardian era would have been inspiration for the show, perhaps.  I don’t know.  “UD” is my sentimental favorite, and I’m not apologizing for that!  🙂

I can’t get into either of these shows which is probably just as well as I already watch about tow hours of TV a day 🙂

LOL I only watch about two hours of TV a week. My family & family watch a lot more than I do, so I head to wikipedia to catch up on plot summaries. It takes me just a few seconds to get the recap and I at least know what they’re talking about. “Upstairs Downstairs” takes a real commitment to watch but at least “Downton” is a little lighter. Thanks for your comment! 😀

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