As I’m sure you are keenly aware, we have talked incessantly in recent months about what it takes in the pop-culture world of the 21st century to ‘have arrived’. There was a much simpler time when if you were the subject of a Weekend Update with Chevy Chase segment on Saturday Night Live then that’s all you would need. In later years, being a part of Seinfeld, the ultimate show about ‘nothing’, was like money in the bank in racking up pop-culture units of good. It’s a bit more difficult these days, unfortunately, in the world of 24/7 media attention.
For a program like Downton Abbey, life has been good with two brilliant Downton Sixbey sketches on Latenight with Jimmy Fallon, a Saturday Night Live spoof, a Downton Abbey paper doll set, a possible Super Nintendo game and, believe it or not, a DIY project on how to make a Downton Abbey of your very own…out of gingerbread.
All that is nice, but now comes the ultimate tribute that would place anyone at the top of the pop-culture world….a place on everyone’s favorite street, Sesame Street. When Sesame Street decides to poke fun at you, you really ‘have arrived’, no question. This cute beyond words Muppet parody of Downton Abbey will air as part of the series’ upcoming season 43, which begins on Monday, February 4 on PBS.
Upside Downton Abbey on sesame Street
Upside Downton Abbey opens with a Muppet version of Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess, in a smashing purple hat btw, requesting a spot of tea from her felt-covered Mr. Carson. Problem is, as the name suggests, the estate and everything in it is upside down, so the tea pours right out of the teapot and onto the ceiling.
Same with the crumpets and the steak-and-kidney pie she requests, until her butler humbly recommends ***SPOILER ALERT*** she rename the estate Rightside Upton Abbey to avoid any further spills. She hands down a royal decree, Carson throws a lever, and everything is right-side up again. If only the current series 3 issues at the real Downton Abbey could be so easily taken care of…