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Old 02-05-2013, 10:05 PM   #1
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Were you hooked from season 1?
After all the recent hype I decided to play catch up on Netflix, but I'm not yet hooked. I'm on episode 4.

Trying to decide if I should stick with it...parts have been good, but maybe it's cause I really have to pat close attnetion to it & I'm used to doing something else while watching tv.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:14 PM   #2
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I was hooked after the first episode. I was really fascinated by the difference in culture (love that her Ladyship is American and Lady Mary says to her "you're American, you wouldn't understand."), time/history, and class system.

When watching I don't fold laundry or anything, I just watch. I tried doing other stuff at the same time early on (doing dishes), but I found that I missed a lot of the nuances, snarky remarks (obrien), and detailed cinematography.

I'd suggest you finish out season 1 and if you don't want to see what happens to the characters after that last episode, then you may never really get into the series.

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Old 02-05-2013, 10:23 PM   #3
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I only started with this season. I haven't had the time to look up the others on Netflix.

I enjoy Downton Abbey and read the internet to fill in the gaps on characters and situations that are referenced from prior seasons.

I don't know if I will ever go back to watch from the beginning.

I enjoy the show for the historical aspects--period clothing, mannerisms, the whole manor and relationships with servants aspects. And I am a fan of Dame Maggie Smith.

I also watch tv while I am on the computer and find that I sometimes have to rewind Downton Abbey to catch what I missed the first time. It is a show that one must pay attention to to understand at times-especially since I speak American English and not British English.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:07 PM   #4
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You can't do anything else while watching Downton!

For me it is almost more than anything a visual feast. The scenes are like paintings it is so beautifully filmed, in such a grand historical place, with those gorgeous clothes! And the scenes really are perfectly framed. I just stare.

Other than that I eagerly await Maggie Smith's next scene.

The drama that goes on is just a bonus.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:31 PM   #5
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I might need to start again @ episode 1.
Idk my ADD must kick in while I'm watching.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:31 AM   #6
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I was absolutely hooked instantly. But I'm a sucker for British period drama. I pretty much knew I'd love Downton based on previews alone. I wasn't as much in love with Season 2 but I still enjoyed it. However, Season 1 and Season 3 (so far) are spectacular!
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:03 AM   #7
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You can't do anything else while watching Downton!
I agree! This is one of the few shows I just sit and watch.
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:16 AM   #8
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I agree! This is one of the few shows I just sit and watch.
I hear the music from the other room, and I find myself on the couch, fixated, even if I saw the episode more than once! I DVR it, but can't seem to get myself to bed when I know I can watch it. I discovered it towards the end of season 2, so watched 1 and 2 in about 3 weeks.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:55 AM   #9
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You can't do anything else while watching Downton!
YES! And now that I'm watching it as it airs, I recognize the problem with PBS....no commercials. Take all potty breaks and prep all snacks before 9pm on Sunday! haha. I mean, I DVR it, but am really into watching it non-recorded for some reason.

OP, I am almost always like you with TV. There is very little I care about but this...I just love this.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:57 AM   #10
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It's funny you ask. I've been home this week with the awful flu/cold and decided to start watching the first season on Netflix on Monday. I watched 3 hours just last night but that could have been the fever I had!!
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:27 PM   #11
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You can't do anything else while watching Downton!

For me it is almost more than anything a visual feast. The scenes are like paintings it is so beautifully filmed, in such a grand historical place, with those gorgeous clothes! And the scenes really are perfectly framed. I just stare.

Other than that I eagerly await Maggie Smith's next scene.

The drama that goes on is just a bonus.
I feel the same way. I love the show and can't wait for Sun. night. I put CC on, so that I don't miss a word.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:29 PM   #12
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I love this show but I'm a huge fan of this kind of show. I drive my husband nuts with Jane Austin movies and period shows. I watched season 1 on netflix and it looks like season 3 is on the PBS website. Where can I watch season 2 without having to buy it?
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:36 PM   #13
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I just started watching with season 3 and quickly determined that I wanted to watch seasons 1 & 2 as I keep wondering about some of the characters' back stories. I discovered yesterday that seasons 1 & 2 are on Comcast on demand for FREE! Yay! Now I don't have to buy them.
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