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March 29, 2012 5:25 AM   Subscribe

Downton Arby's. (SLYahooVideo)
posted by robocop is bleeding (38 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
Is it me, or did they really miss a trick by not just calling it Downtown Arby's?
posted by sklero at 5:31 AM on March 29, 2012


Is it me, or did you not watch it to the end?
posted by Plutor at 5:40 AM on March 29, 2012 [4 favorites]


I really hope Pizza Hut & Prejudice exists, or will soon exist, because I need to see that.
posted by banjo_and_the_pork at 5:46 AM on March 29, 2012 [8 favorites]


Richard Kind makes everything better.
posted by Optamystic at 5:47 AM on March 29, 2012 [5 favorites]


I love how even in SpoofLand, nothing goes right for poor Edith.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 5:53 AM on March 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


Is it me, or am I going to have to watch a SLYT in its entirety before I understand the meaning of this Mystery Meat Post?
posted by sidereal at 6:05 AM on March 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


Gahaha I love the casting, especially Edith!
posted by Mooseli at 6:11 AM on March 29, 2012 [4 favorites]


Is it me, or am I going to have to watch a SLYT in its entirety before I understand the meaning of this Mystery Meat Post?

I've never even seen the show in question, and I got it in five seconds.
posted by empath at 6:12 AM on March 29, 2012 [6 favorites]


What show?
posted by sidereal at 6:16 AM on March 29, 2012


Yahoo's $5.9 billion purchase of Mark Cuban's broadcast.com is finally paying off.
posted by pashdown at 6:17 AM on March 29, 2012 [3 favorites]


Awesome. Mrs. freecell and I just finished the real second season ... this was hilarious. Nice casting job too.
posted by freecellwizard at 6:22 AM on March 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


I didn't!
posted by sklero at 6:33 AM on March 29, 2012


What show?

The New Adventures of Old Christine
posted by mullacc at 6:33 AM on March 29, 2012 [14 favorites]


Downton Abbey.
posted by Optamystic at 6:36 AM on March 29, 2012


Having been through Downton Abbey's first two seasons and now relegated to sitting in the corner in a twitching heap until Shirley Maclaine joins the cast for Season 3, I am pleasantly surprised -- and envious -- to find there are still people yet to discover it.

It's nothing complicated -- it's just massive-budget soap opera, but in a television landscape whose mainstay seems to be no more imaginative than yet another [beep]ing variation on "Survivor" or "Is any of this garbage in my attic actually worth anything?" or "What celebrity has-been can we find this week to yell at someone willing to pathetically parade their middle-of-the-road talent onscreen in exchange for a shot at a prize?" dreck, and Downton's simple elements of plot and a strong ensemble cast are, as Monty Python put it, "like a stream of bat's piss". ("It shines out like a shaft of gold when all around is in darkness.")

Throw in FAHbulous wardrobes, a beautiful British estate home as the Abbey, a scene-chewing Maggie Smith, mix well with the mildly exotic by making it British and frame it around a few world-shattering events like the Titanic sinking and WWI and dammit! Them's good teevee!
posted by Mike D at 6:49 AM on March 29, 2012 [5 favorites]


In all seriousness I'd watch this.
posted by odinsdream at 7:11 AM on March 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


sidereal: “What show?”

It isn't fair to call this "mystery meat" – I mean, honestly, everything is "mystery meat" if you live in a cave and don't know anything about pop culture. Anyway, no, you don't have to watch it all the way through to get it. Just go google the word "Downton" and you'll see what everybody else is talking about. It's an extremely popular television show right now.
posted by koeselitz at 7:14 AM on March 29, 2012 [3 favorites]


I waited eagerly for the Horsey Sauce reference and wasn't disappointed.
posted by fairmettle at 7:16 AM on March 29, 2012


Optamystic: "Richard Kind makes everything better."

I can't be the only one who saw him, and exclaimed "Oh! It's....that guy!"
posted by schmod at 7:18 AM on March 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


koeselitz: "It isn't fair to call this "mystery meat" "

word word word word word word word I SEE NO EXPLANATION HERE.
posted by Plutor at 7:20 AM on March 29, 2012


Hilarious! Poor Edith! And potential topic of fierce debate: Is Richard Kind supposed to be Carson? Lord Grantham? An amalgam?
posted by mochapickle at 7:31 AM on March 29, 2012


a television landscape whose mainstay seems to be no more imaginative than yet another [beep]ing variation on "Survivor" or "Is any of this garbage in my attic actually worth anything?" or "What celebrity has-been can we find this week to yell at someone willing to pathetically parade their middle-of-the-road talent onscreen in exchange for a shot at a prize?" dreck

Have you called your cable provider to ask why they're blocking non-reality shows from your TV?
posted by kmz at 8:01 AM on March 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


a television landscape whose mainstay seems to be no more imaginative than yet another [beep]ing variation on "Survivor" or "Is any of this garbage in my attic actually worth anything?" or "What celebrity has-been can we find this week to yell at someone willing to pathetically parade their middle-of-the-road talent onscreen in exchange for a shot at a prize?" dreck

Even worse. I actually sat down in the living room craving some Ancient Aliens a couple of weeks ago, and there weren't any: all the basic channels were on a swamp people/garbage pickers/hillbillies kick. I want my Nostradamus, dammit!
posted by gimonca at 8:05 AM on March 29, 2012


They really ought to have had Lady Mary killing off one of the customers by giving him a blowjob beside the dumpster out back.

But it was quite well done. The casting was so good — a number of the actors had a very fair resemblance to the actual corresponding cast members and, even better, they nailed the character's demeanour and delivery. Lady Edith was the best of them all in these respects.
posted by orange swan at 8:35 AM on March 29, 2012 [3 favorites]


"Is any of this garbage in my attic actually worth anything?"

Hey now, I love Downton Abbey, but let's not go disparaging Storage Wars. It might not be fantastic television, but if my DVR is any indication, there is a literally infinite number of episodes.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 9:19 AM on March 29, 2012


Richard Kind can fit his entire fist into his mouth. I don't know why I know that, but I do.
posted by steef at 9:39 AM on March 29, 2012


It's nothing complicated -- it's just massive-budget soap opera


<RANT>

But it started with so much more potential! The issue with the prince took what could have been just another upstairs/downstairs drama in a thoroughly unpredictable direction. A woman's first sexual experience catastrophically interrupted by death followed by people with insufficient upper body strength trying to sneak a corpse around a manor at night is interesting even if you find period drama tiresome.

And now what do we have? One of the original heirs shows up claiming he has been out of touch due to AMNESIA? The character who was told he would never walk again miraculously regains control of his legs? (at least someone ... grandma we expect ... should have straight out asked him if his penis was working. That would have made the whole thing worth it.). All we have left is an evil twin and we'll have scored an early afternoon broadcast TV trifecta.

The production qualities continue to be incredibly high, but I wouldnt mind them dropping it a bit if they could bring back the interesting writing. They don't have to meet the original promise of the series, but raising the level above the "Oh god we have to churn out 20 hours a month of screen time" soap opera standard would really be a good thing.

</RANT>
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 9:47 AM on March 29, 2012 [3 favorites]


a television landscape whose mainstay seems to be no more imaginative than yet another [beep]ing variation on "Survivor" or "Is any of this garbage in my attic actually worth anything?" or "What celebrity has-been can we find this week to yell at someone willing to pathetically parade their middle-of-the-road talent onscreen in exchange for a shot at a prize?" dreck

This sits right next to "MTV doesn't play videos anymore" on the shelf of outdated, knee-jerk rants about TV. If you're a little more selective your television landscape can be Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Community, Louie, Parks and Recreation, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Homeland, and yes, Downton Abbey. Not to mention shows from recent memory like The Sopranos, The Wire, and Deadwood.

Sure, there's tons of garbage on TV and there always will be, but the good stuff is really good and even more amazingly, there's a lot of it being produced. Hell, I'd argue we're in a new golden age of TV.
posted by turaho at 10:56 AM on March 29, 2012 [4 favorites]


I was ok with the guy claiming amnesia (it was, after all, a ploy), but I gotta admit, the legs coming back thing was one trope too many and dampened my love for the show, though even dampened it is still very high.
posted by Bovine Love at 11:17 AM on March 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


Mayhaps someone could help the loaded potato cakes show up and reclaim their rightful place on the Downton Arby's menu.
posted by Dr. Zira at 11:20 AM on March 29, 2012


Ok I enjoyed that way more than I thought I would, I actually snorted at the portrayal of Edith. Poor Edith.
posted by like_neon at 12:16 PM on March 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


So perfect, considering that Arby's is the fast food equivalent of Yahoo (or Yahoo is the internet equivalent of Arby's)

But seriously, the followup should be Subway Sherlock.
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:04 PM on March 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Optamystic: "Richard Kind makes everything better."
schmod: "I can't be the only one who saw him, and exclaimed "Oh! It's....that guy!""

Well, at least neither of you looked at him and instantly thought "It's Lucius!". I'm really watching too much Stargate Atlantis at the moment.
posted by zoo at 1:08 PM on March 29, 2012


But seriously, the followup should be Subway Sherlock.

Better yet, Sir Digby Chicken Caesar! Tarantarantarantara!
posted by briank at 2:21 PM on March 29, 2012 [3 favorites]


Is this an entertainment one might require a telephone to understand?
posted by obiwanwasabi at 1:14 AM on March 30, 2012


Sir Digby's Tarantarantarantara is my ringtone.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 4:34 AM on March 30, 2012


Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Community, Louie, Parks and Recreation, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Homeland, [...], Downton Abbey. [...] The Sopranos, The Wire, and Deadwood.

AMC, AMC, HBO, NBC, FX, NBC, HBO, Showtime, PBS, HBO, HBO, HBO.

It would cost me $85 a month to get those shows. A thousand dollars per year. Only two of them come in over my digital broadcast antenna.
posted by Plutor at 11:09 AM on March 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm paying a thousand dollars a year for cable, and *don't* get all those shows. Well, I was paying, I cancelled a few days ago, but our cable company (Rogers) requires 30 days notice, so I'm still paying for a bit more. At least if I payed that thousand, I'd get all those shows.
posted by Bovine Love at 12:20 PM on March 30, 2012


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