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?