Late to the Party at Downton Abbey

4 years ago

In case you've been under a rock, like I have been,  you may have missed watching the highly acclaimed BBC series Downton Abbey.  I may have been watching my favorite reality show The Amazing Race on Sundays while the rest of America and the UK watched the first two seasons of Downton Abbey, but better late than never, I have finally caught on.  After hearing about this series from several people, and reading about it on a couple of blogs, including this one, I decided to tune in and see what I have been missing. The problem was, I had to find out where I could watch the series. And by "watch" I mean, where I could watch the show, and how I could watch the show.

Where I could watch the show presented its own problem since Juan and I have been pushed out of watching TV in the family room. The television has been taken over by the  Nico and Diego and the X-Box. When the boys aren't playing their games on it, Olivia is either doing homework on the computer in the family room, or she has set the DVR to record multiple episodes of Criminal Minds, SNL, or Tattoo Nightmares.  I have decided it's easier to watch TV shows on my computer rather than have to vie for TV time in the family room.

Actually, watching television on my computer is pretty efficient for me. I blew through the entire series of Game of Thrones in about 10 days, watching till the wee hours of morning. Now, I'm anxiously wating for Season 3 in March. But, that's a whole other post.

Once I realized that I would have to watch Downton Abbey on my computer, I had to figure out how to watch it since Season One was no longer airing on TV.  I found out that Season One was being streamed on Netflix. Perfect!  I just set up the show to stream on my computer. After streaming and watching the first episode of Downtown Abbey on Netflix, I was totally hooked.  I stayed up until 1:30 on a weeknight just so I could see what was going to happen with Hot Sister, Way Hot Sister, and The Other Sister. There are only seven one-hour episodes in Season One, so I watched the entire season in just two nights and a lunch hour.

Season Two presented a problem for me.  It was not available to stream on Netflix. Amazon had it for sale but I didn't want to spend the money on the DVDs. I decided to upgrade my Netflix membership so that I could rent DVDs.  Christmas was extended for me when I opened the mailbox on January 2nd and saw that little red envelope containing three full hours of escape TV. As soon as I was able, (which basically meant after Diego went to bed) I put on my pajamas, borrowed Diego's personal DVD player and a set of headphones, and went to my bedroom to begin watching Season Two. I was not disappointed, except when it was 2:00 a.m. and I finished watching the last episode on the DVD and realized I'd have to wait to receive the next three episodes in the mail.  I finally went to sleep, happy to be reunited with The Crawleys and all the drama going on downstairs with the house stafft, but I was upset that I cheaped out and didn't buy the upgraded Netflix membership which would have allowed me to request more than one DVD at a time. Wah!

So, now I'm in a dilemma. Season Three starts tonight. TONIGHT! I still haven't finished watching Episodes Four  through Seven of Season Two. My next DVD containing Episodes Four through Six should arrive on Monday. By my calculations I should be able to finish watching Season Two by Saturday. This means I can override the DVR's scheduled recordings of Criminal Minds and Tattoo Nightmares, and set the DVR to record Episode One of Season Three, then watch it before Episode Two airs next Sunday. Are you still with me?

I don't want any Downton Abbey spoilers, so I am putting myself in a media blackout. I realize this is completely a First World Problem, but, at least I'm not fixated on watching that other popular Showtime cable series.

Come to think of it, I am a whole season behind in Homeland. I guess I'll have to catch up on that series when Netflix starts streaming it.

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