Welcome to America, Season Three.

The long-awaited time has come.  Downton Abbey Season Three starts in America on Sunday.  Or, if you’re like me and have been pretending to be British, Season Three just ended.

But no worries -  I will offer no spoilers.  I won’t even update my graphic until you’re caught up – because I’m nice like that.

However, I did happen to take notice of something this season: there are a good number of parallels with another oft-watched show in our household.

In fact, I suspect that Downton might be a complete knock-off.

I present to you my evidence:

Sir Topham Hatt and Lord Grantham

Mrs Hatt and Lady Crawley


Sodor and England

 

That Thomas.  He's a Cheeky One.

That Thomas.  He’s the cheeky one.

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  1. 1
    Laura W. says:

    Funny! I still need to watch season 2! Ahhh!

  2. 2
    Jenny L. says:

    I haven’t ever watched Downtown Abby, but have watched a ton of Thomas episodes. I love your comparisons!

  3. 3
    Melanie Miller says:

    I am so very excited for season three of DA! I’ve been rewatching season two and am ready to see where the stories are headed. Will there be a wedding with Matthew and Mary? Will Anna and Bates get their shot at happiness? Will Edith find her soul mate? Will Sybil and “the politician” make an appearance? Will Daisy gain confidence? Will Thomas and O’Brian try the Patch?

    So many questions…and you know the answers! How can you not talk about it? How can you not talk with a British accent after watching? I find myself thinking British, it’s really quite ridiculous. Oh, I just remembered, Shirley MacLaine! What delights will she add to the mix?!? Oh my. So. Excited.

  4. 4
    Nina says:

    Funny! I think I’m the only person who hasn’t watched Downtown Abbey yet! Something tells me Thomas the Tank Engine wouldn’t be a good substitute.

  5. 5
    Brook says:

    Wow, uncanny similarity! Love it!

  6. 6
    Julianne says:

    You just made my whole day.

  7. 7
    Sarah says:

    Haha! Now I have the Thomas theme song going through my head…

  8. 8
    Karen says:

    Eli wandered over as I opened this post on my screen and was immediately interested… in the left side at least. I love the last comparison especially!

  9. 9
    Jennifer M says:

    … And the dowager countess is vain, but lots of fun!
    Hilarious post, thank you! :)

  10. 10
    Meredith says:

    We did these comparisons a few weeks ago! We have two Thomas-obsessed little boys (and two DA obsessed parents), so it was natural. We thought Thomas the Footman was more like Diesel 10: evil and awkward. The first time we heard Gordon mutter, “Oh the indignity,” we were like, “Carson!” Emily, with her stuck-up but sweet disposition, is totally Lady Mary, and James matches Matthew Crawley pretty perfectly: kind, but vain and given to misunderstanding. Mavis, of course, is Mrs. Hughes, old and kindly but firm, and Belle and Mrs Crawley have a lot in common: loud, abrasive, well-intentioned, but in the way a lot.

    We have not yet figured out a John Bates, Lady Edith, or Mrs. Patmore, but I hold out the hope that they are there. And, I’m sure, before both of my boys outgrow this phase, we will watch enough Thomas to find them. :-P

    • 10.1
      Rachel says:

      That’s awesome!! I thought about going farther with the analogies, and I thought of some of the exact same ones – especially Gordon/Carson!!

  11. 11
    Diana says:

    Ha! Very funny! I am late to the party on this series, but as soon as I catch up I will tune into Season 3 on my DVR. If I get through Season 2 like I want to, by watching my Netflix DVDs during every waking available hour, then I should be able to finish Season 2 by Saturday. I hope so, because I don’t want to be in a media blackout too long. I blogged about my new obsession with The Crawleys too!

  12. 12
    Summer says:

    And it doesn’t disappoint. You are so clever. We just watched Gosford Park last night for the first time.. it was odd seeing similarities there as well. Maybe it’s just the natural order of early 20th century British social circles.

    • 12.1
      Rachel says:

      It IS odd, isn’t it? I feel like there were a lot of characters he plopped right out of that movie and into Downton. But Downton is SO much more crafted and developed.

  13. 13
    Jenni says:

    Oh gosh – I love this so much! That Thomas…

  14. 14
    Zulma says:

    I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was
    good. I don’t know who you are

    but definitely you are going to a famous blogger if you are not already ;) Cheers!

  15. 15
    Becky says:

    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-downton-abbey-nintendo-video-game-20130128,0,1699777.story

    Have you seen this yet? So hilarious! Thought of you when my husband showed it to me.

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