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    Watch: 'Downton Arby's' Skewers PBS' Period Drama

    PBS's period hit "Downton Abbey" is almost too easy to mock. Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame's high end upstairs-downstairs soap opera is immensely enjoyable , but it's so very serious and consistent in its tropes -- noble Bates, the eternal victim of injustice, Lady Sybil and...

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    Previewing The Irresistible Downton Abbey Finale: There Will Be Answers

    Heading into this Sunday’s Christmas-themed finale of Downton Abbey, you might worry that the season would end with another excruciating cliff-hanger. Mary and Matthew are undoubtedly in love, but will the question of their on-and-off and currently still-off engagement be resolved? (Reall...

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    Best Downton Abbey Mashups and Parodies

    One of the surest signs that Downton Abbey has become a full-blown hit and pop-cult phenomenon is the mini- and strained flap that has erupted about whether it is snobbish or middle-brow or an old-fashioned soap opera. I don’t see why it can’t be all three. The series satisfies our indul...

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    Why 'Project Nim' Tops This Week's 5 Best DVD/Blu-ray Releases

    On DVD and Blu-ray this week: James Marsh's acclaimed follow-up to his Academy Award-winning documentary "Man on Wire;" season two of Britain's favorite import; "The Sunset Limited," directed by Tommy Lee Jones; the latest button-pusher from "Run, Lola, Run" hel...

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    Shirley MacLaine Heads To 'Downton Abbey'

    When Julian Fellowes isn’t busy trying to destroy the British film industry, you can find him writing one of the most successful British shows of the past decade, "Downton Abbey." The costume drama, set on a North Yorkshire abbey estate has proved supremely popular on both sides of t...

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    Downton Abbey: Does Mary Get Matthew, And Will Patton Oswalt Tweet?

    It took a costume drama about nose-in-the-air aristocrats to give PBS pop-culture traction. But just before New Year’s, there was Patton Oswalt catching up with season 1 and  practically swooning as he Tweeted with arch wit but no irony, “Oh DOWNTON ABBEY, how have I only just ...

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