10 Reasons You Should Be Watching Masterpiece Theater

Masterpiece Theater

On Sunday evenings while most of the country is watching football or the latest reality mega hit, I quietly prepare dinner and anticipate the 8 o’clock hour. While others are concerned with touchdowns and faux-drama I curl up on the couch and sink into some of Britain ‘s best television thanks to Masterpiece Theater and my local PBS station. I. A.M. IN. LOVE.

  1. The latest craze to sweep PBS – Call the Midwife (http://www.pbs.org/programs/call-the-midwife/) a period drama set in London ‘s East End. Babies. Love stories. Nuns. Crazy happenings at Nonnatus House. If you even remotely enjoy Downton Abbey, then you’ll love this show.
  2. Public television means that you don’t have to pay for cable to get all these great shows – all you need is some rabbit ears and a HD converter box (http://www.fcc.gov/guides/antennas-and-digital-television).
  3. The randy (and particularly yummy) chauffeurs: Branson on Downton Abbey and Spargo on Upstairs, Downstairs. Seriously, either one of them could drive me around anytime.
  4. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman (whole sentence link:http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/sherlock/index.html) . ‘Nuff said.
  5. Downton Abbey (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/downtonabbey/index.html): Lady Mary and Matthew – will they or won’t they? And lest we forget – Free Bates!
  6. Upstairs, Downstairs (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/programs/upstairs-downstairs/) is an update of a show by the same name. I wasn’t alive the first time around, but this, along with Call the Midwife, has me glued to my television every Sunday night. All I can say is: Lady Persie and Sir Hallam Holland – what is up with that kiss? (tsk, tsk)
  7. Downton Abbey: Maggie Smith as Dowager Countess Grantham (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/downtonabbey/season2_characters_violet.html) vs Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson, widowed American heiress and mother of Lady Cora (aka Lady Grantham). Season three = epic awesomeness.
  8. Inspector Lewis. (http://www.thummprints.net/2012/09/a-list-of-ten-inspector-lewis.html)
  9. The mini series (Gillian Anderson as Miss Havisham in Great Expectations) – holla!
  10. The accents. Who out there doesn’t like listening to a British accent?
All in all, PBS is putting out some great television for all of us Anglophiles – and I couldn’t be happier about it. If you want to start watching Masterpiece Theater, but want to catch up on back episodes I urge you to check out: your local library, Netflix, iTunes and / or PBS.org’s Masterpiece Theater page to watch back episodes online.
Trust me, if you jump on the PBS bandwagon, you won’t be disappointed.
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