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Amazing Internet Things: Downton Abbey Meets The Walking Dead

Since we’ve seen virtually other sort of parody imaginable about megahit Downton Abbey, something like this was probably inevitable. In today’s really quite amazing internet thing: Downton Zombey mashes up the costume drama with AMC’s horror hit The Walking Dead.

After all, what could possibly go better together than Downton and zombies? (Honestly, hasn’t the body count begun to feel like the equal of a zombie thriller lately?) Surprisingly, this actually works, other than the unfortunate absence of English accents, mostly because it’s very funny.

Plus, who knew the Crawleys had brain tongs in the kitchen?

(If you still haven’t seen Series 3 of Downton yet for whatever reason, there be spoilers below.)

Amazing Internet Things: Classic Sherlock Holmes Saturday Night Live Skit

Fans of Sherlock Holmes, whether your particular poison is of the Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeremy Brett, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Downey Jr or Basil Rathbone variety, you’ll still probably really enjoy this particularly amazing internet thing.

Apparently way back in 1991, Saturday Night Live did a Sherlock Holmes skit. Yes, really. Yes, that same SNL that nowadays considers the Harlem Shake to be about as much deep thought as they can expect their audience to engage in. Surprise! Anyway, yes, SNL did a Holmes parody, called Sherlock Holmes’ Surprise Party and the best part is that it stars the fabulous Jeremy Irons as the great detective, which is of course absolutely perfect. Phil Hartman plays Watson and Mike Meyers is Lestrade and it’s worth a watch.

Amazing Internet Things: Downton Abbey Does One Direction

So, this new trend of making spoken word mash-up versions of hit songs using popular figures from pop culure is a bit strange and silly (and I totally blame President Obama and Carly Rae Jepsen for making it a thing in the first place), but it’s hard to resist something that’s as cute as this particular version turns out to be.

Most Downton Abbey fans are in need of a bit of a pick me up after the emotional devastation of the Series 3 finale, and this bit of ridiculous fluff is pretty much exactly what the Dowager Countess ordered. Comedian Richard Sandling has put together a pretty epic video mash-up of the Crawley clan and all their servants performing One Direction's (ridiculously catchy) hit song “What Makes You Beautiful”.

Cobbling together bits of footage from all three seasons and both Christmas specials, Sandling actually gets the Downton crew through every single line of the song, save one, which gets a slight Edwardian update. All in all, it’s pretty fun.

And, as usual, Mr. Carson absolutely steals the show.

Amazing Internet Things: Jimmy Fallon Takes Us Back to “Downton Sixbey”

Now that we’re well into Downton Abbey Series 3, late night host Jimmy Fallon has brought back his hilarious parody of everyone’s favorite costume drama, Downton Sixbey. In fact, Fallon’s been so on top of his game the past couple of weeks that there are two new episodes of the skit, which both offer send-ups of various Downton plot points from this season, including the Crawley’s money troubles and a family wedding.

While some of the humor in these skits is a bit…well, I imagine Carson would refer to it as low-brow, Fallon’s re-imagining of the characters and events of the popular British soap is hard to resist. Click through for a look at the next two installments in Downton Sixbey – and here’s hoping there are more to come in honor of Series 3 wrapping up.

Amazing Internet Things: The Office Meets The Hobbit

Apologies for my slight absence around here – yours truly’s been laid up with the flu. Downside: It’s gross. Upside: I’ve had a lot of time to look at random things on the internet, one of the more interesting of which is below.

This is one of those Amazing Internet Things that’s simultaneously awesome and sort of really creepy – so, sort of, the internet, in a nutshell, at times.

Long before Martin Freeman played the world’s most famous crime-solving sidekick on Sherlock, he was known for starring as the put-upon but loveable Tim Canterbury on the original UK version of The Office. (If you’ve never seen the UK version of this series – for shame! –Tim is the equivalent of Jim in the American adaptation.) Given his recent turn as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, this mash-up should probably not be entirely unexpected. The real surprise it’s probably that it’s taken this long.

Amazing Internet Things: Sesame Street Does Downton Abbey

You knew this had to happen sooner or later. Everyone’s favorite children’s show Sesame Street has finally taken on everyone’s favorite costume drama Downton Abbey, and the result is basically as adorable as you’d expect. This parody will officially air on Sesame Street on Monday when Season 43 debuts, but you can get an early look at it right now because, well, that’s what the internet is for, right?

The Upside Downton Abbey skit features a clever take on the opening-piano-music theme song, as well as super cute Sesame Street muppet versions of the Dowager Countess and Mr. Carson. (Oh, how I wish that it also had Robert or Mary in it, because, well, I would just love to see a puppet version of either of them. Imagine Mary’s dress!) The Dowager is having a bit of a struggle to enjoy her tea and crumpets, because at Upside Downton Abbey, their house is, as you may have guessed, upside down. And, as one might expect with this character in any iteration, the Dowager is a bit resistant to change, even when tea is involved. Watch for yourselves below.

Amazing Internet Things: Downton Abbey as a Nintendo Game

Because obviously, you’ve wondered – what would Downton Abbey be like as a video game? Well, that’s exactly the kind of question the internet (and our Amazing Internet Things series in general) is there to answer for you. (Spoiler: Get ready to miss your old school video console a whole lot.)

This little gem of a clip re-imagines everyone’s favorite costume drama as a Super Nintendo-style quest RPG. In theory, you’d play a new footman who must complete various tasks for members of the Crawley family and their staff, including fetching fancy cigars for Robert and fluffing pillows in the guest rooms with Anna. In short: I would give anything for this to be a real game!

British Soap Coronation Street Now Streaming on Hulu

Popular streaming site Hulu announced last week that they have officially acquired the popular, long-running soap opera Coronation Street for broadcast in America. The site started streaming the drama for free online as of January 15 and already has over twenty episodes available, with more to come. Affectionately referred to as Corrie by its fans, the soap chronicles the lives and loves of the residents of Coronation Street in Weatherfield, a fictional town based on a real place in Greater Manchester. The series premiered in 1960 and has been something of a British institution ever since.

Episodes are currently being posted about two weeks behind the UK timetable, which isn’t bad at all – though there are no current plans to add archival episodes to the mix.

Downton Abbey’s Rob Thomas-Collier was once a star on Coronation Street and other faces you may recognize who have appeared on the show in years past include Bernard Cribbins, Patrick Troughton, Kevin Whatley, Suranne Jones and more. (Even Prince Charles has made a cameo.) Celebrities ranging from Sir Anthony Hopkins to Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch have all admitted that they are addicted to the show’s twists and turns. That’s good enough for me!

This is the third British program that Hulu has contracted to offer to American audiences. The most recent seasons of The Thick of It and Misfits have both streamed day-and-date here in America. While, yes, we’ll have to adjust to still being a tiny bit behind on Corrie, the fact that Hulu’s experiment with putting UK programming online is clearly seen as successful business model for the video streaming site so far – well, that’s certainly something to be celebrated. Who knows what else we might see pop up there in the future. Keep your fingers crossed!

Are any of you Coronation Street fans? I might actually try it out for myself now that it's so easily available. (Though I suppose I am going to need to do some research on who all the characters are!)

Amazing Internet Things: This Guy Made a Downton Abbey House Out of Gingerbread

Welp, let’s just add this to the long list of Amazing Internet Things that make me feel like a talentless hack.

A super creative and talented guy named Curtis Jensen has made an extremely detailed gingerbread replica of the house in Downton Abbey. The time lapse video below shows all the work that went into creating an edible Yorkshire country estate – cutting and baking the dough, creating candy window panes, frosting the windows and trim, putting the pieces together, hooking up lighting and more. Truly, a massive project!

Amazing Internet Things: The Downton Abbey Meets Breaking Bad Parody You Never Knew You Needed

Downton Abbey is a megahit around the world and, as such, has seeped into our general popular culture in a way that few series from recent years can match. Luckily for us, this generally means that we get a lot of great Downton-themed videos and other bits of fun to enjoy, which can take some of the sting out of the wait between seasons. We’ve had two Downton spoofs from late night host Jimmy Fallon, we’ve taken a trip to Downton Arby’s and rapped about the Dowager Countess. But this incredible mash-up courtesy of Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report might actually take the cake as Best Downton Parody of the Year.

Featuring several of the men of Downton Abbey – namely Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, and Rob James-Collier – this clip re-imagines the cast of Downton Abbey in the world of AMC’s critically acclaimed drama Breaking Bad. (Breaking Bad tells the story of Walter White, a high school science teacher turned meth dealer and his subsequent spiral into a life of crime.)

In Breaking Abbey, Lord Grantham is now the “tea kingpin of Yorkshire,” having resorted to some apparently quite illicit and shocking activities in order to acquire the money to keep Downton afloat. All handdled with the proper etiquette of course.

WARNING: There is some strong language (even if the worst of it is bleeped) and some potential content issues due to the general themes involved with Breaking Bad. Proceed with serious caution if talk about drugs, drug use or drug running is not exactly your cup of tea.

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