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Reminiscences about a few old favorites

November 23, 2018

Maggie Smith and Samantha Bond in Downton Abbey (2010).

Movies & More reviewer John Gillispie shares his thoughts on watching a favorite program again on TV or DVD.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and friends!

Do you ever find comfort in watching a movie or TV show with which you are already familiar? Do you go out of your way to tune into a particular episode of “Seinfeld” or “Everybody Loves Raymond” to see a certain scene?

I find it interesting that a joke can still be funny on a TV rerun of “Mama’s Family” or “The Golden Girls” even if you have seen that particular episode dozens of times. Recently, I have enjoyed watching “Masterpiece” on Sunday evenings to see repeated episodes of “Downton Abbey,” whose six seasons are also available on DVD.

This past Sunday I tuned in toward the middle of a “Downton Abbey” episode airing on WPBY and picked right up with the happenings in the lives of the relatives and servants of Robert Crawley, the British Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville). Watching “Downton Abbey” again reminds me of how much my family and friends looked forward to seeing new episodes when the programs were airing for the first time.

“Downton Abbey,” which is full of memorable characters and dramatic moments, was also on my mind during a recent trip to the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, where the beautiful home and furnishings reminded me of way the Crawley family lived. Of course, the well-to-do characters on “Downton Abbey” had plenty of servants to prepare and serve them delicious food.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving today and take time to be grateful for all of our blessings, let’s remember to show appreciation to those who prepare our holiday meals.

John Gillispie is the public relations director for the Huntington Museum of Art.

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