Friday, February 8, 2013

Downton Abbey v. Dallas

We're equally hooked on "Downton Abbey" and "Dallas," quite a strange combo.  But is it really?   Once Daddy Mac and I started thinking about it, we realized there sure are a heck of a lot of similarities between the two.  Here goes:

  • Large, intricate families often at war within itself, the Crawleys and the Ewings

  • An aristocratic bunch with a big fortune, Earl of Grantham and Ewing Enterprises

  • One big MacDaddy estate with a massive lawn, Downton Abbey and Southfork Ranch

  • really into their male heirs, Patrick/Matthew Crawley and John Ross/Christopher Ewing

  • Lots of weddings  - Christopher/ Pamela Barnes (or whoever the heck she really is) and Mary/Matthew Crawley, Sybil/Tom Branson

  • Lots of broken engagements, some at the last minute, some by death - Edith and her "drudge,"   , Mary/that snobby newspaper mogul, Mary and Patrick (who died on the Titanic), Matthew and Lavinia  (who died of Spanish flu), Christopher/Alaina (wedding thwarted by mysterious email)

  • Controlling father figures, although JR does blow Lord Grantham off the map in this department 

  • Both have a "dowager" of sorts - Violet Crawley (widow) and Sue Ellen Ewing (divorcee), although no one can compete -- or would dare to - with Maggie Smith.

  •  Child of the family has a romance with a staff member (or a child thereof) - Christopher/Alaina (daughter of cook), John Ross/Alaina, and Sybil/Tom Branson (chauffeur)

  • Characters unfairly accused of murder - John Ross/Bobby Ewing and Mr. Bates

  • Ruthless people - Thomas and Miss O'Brien.  Then again on "Dallas," pretty much everyone is ruthless, except for Bobby and Christopher.

Phew!  And that's just off the top of my head!  Thoughts, anyone?


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