Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Downton vs Downtown

Julie and have been watching Downton Abbey. Then, when she goes to sleep, I watch The Wire. These two shows might seem like an odd back to back combo, but they are in fact surprisingly similar.

Downton Abbey follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants on the fictional estate of Downton Abbey in North Yorkshire.

The Wire follows the lives of the Baltimore Police department and the criminal element that live within the city of Baltimore.

Both have ensemble casts. Both paint vivid pictures of the struggles between "classes" that live within the same society. Neither glorify nor vilify the lives of its characters.

And, I'm not certain that Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham isn't played by the same actor who plays Stringer Bell.

After all, they both have British accents in real life!

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