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Downton Abbey Maggie Smith

I had a busy night planned for last night. I was going to write a post, answer emails, respond to comments and pitch a few story ideas.

Instead, I powered through the entire fourth season of Downton Abbey.

All nine episodes.

And I now feel as full and satisfied and content as if I’d just finished reading one of my favorite books.

Last season, despite Herculean efforts to avoid spoilers, I found out about Sybil while I was Googling SOMETHING ELSE, and it made me furious.

I just don’t understand why Masterpiece Theatre doesn’t show Downton Abbey at the same time in the UK and the U.S. It’s a spoiler waiting to happen.

On Sunday night, when one of my friends posted a link to a site where he had just finished streaming all of season four, I immediately headed over there but couldn’t get it to work. There were ads that looked practically pornographic, a pop-up requiring my credit card information, and a general sketchiness.

So I watched the season opener on TV along with the rest of the country but was determined to get that link to work. Living in California, this is even more necessary because, otherwise, I have to remember to avoid the internet altogether when a show I care about is being watched three hours earlier on the East Coast.

Trust me, watching American Idol or The Voice is totally anti-climactic when you already know who won.

I Googled “watching season four of Downton Abbey” and spent more time researching than I did when we were looking for new health insurance. I finally discovered a different link to the same site my friend had suggested.

When that opening music came on and sweet Isis started walking across the screen, it was like the angels were singing.

I won’t spoil anything for you but let me just tell you to watch episode three (that’s the next one; the premiere here was a double episode) before anyone tells you anything. And then send me a message so we can discuss!

Binge watching a TV series has become the equivalent of staying up all night to finish a good book. It makes the experience so much richer and more meaningful, and the amazing thing is that the last scene of the season is EXACTLY what I had hoped it would be.

So, although I can’t wait for season five, I’m happy and relaxed and can’t wait to hear what you think.

Here’s the link.

You’re welcome.

See you in about 12 hours.


  1. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    Oh my goodness. You have always been my hero, and now even more so. Binge watching a show before the rest of the country sees it is awesome. But DON’T tell me anything!

  2. Lois Alter Mark says:

    Helene, go watch right now! We have so much to discuss!!

  3. All 9?!!! I think you set a record. We catch upj by two and threes. Nine!

  4. I read English news online, so I had the season spoiled for me already. 🙁

  5. Supposedly season 5 will be at the same time as UK. Not sure I want to do this as it gives me pleasure on Sundays. I can handle spoilers, no biggy for me.

  6. What? All 9??? Where’d you find all of them? I’m a binge watcher, too! Although, I have to say I have heard about episode 3 and sad to say, I’m going to have to avoid it. It’s not so much a spoiler alert as it is a trigger warning for me (and possibly others).


  7. I love you. PBS might not, after this, but I do.
    I’d write a longer comment but I have to go watch Episode 3.

  8. I have to disagree here – I don’t want to binge watch this season! I want to enjoy it each week. Which is totally unlike me, who has the patience of a 15 month old.

  9. We binge watch ALOT at our house but Mr. HAT is busy so I only watched the premiere. Love it as always!

  10. I’m totally doing this. Thanks for all the research! 😉

  11. I wish seasons were more than 9 episodes. Just when you get into it, it’s over.

  12. I’m embarrassed to admit that I hadn’t seen any of Downton Abbey till recently. Over the holidays, my daughter and I binged on the entire series and were completely bummed as credits rolled through the last episode. But, alas, we’re back and up for more!

  13. What this link has the entire 4th season?! That’s amazing! Thank you for sharing this awesome find!

  14. I have a friend that always watches every episode of a series she finds. I don’t know if I would ever be up for all of the episodes in one night. You are a very brave woman.


    • Lois Alter Mark says:

      I just hate spoilers, and was so afraid I would find out something that would ruin the rest of the season for me!

  15. I want to watch The Golden Globes, so I’m headed over right now!

  16. I was late to the party on this one but I got to watch each episode in the space of a week and a half. Binge much?!? LOL!! I found this show was a little slow at first but I got hooked fairly quickly. I wish there were more episodes to watch!!

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