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The end of ‘Downton Abbey’: A look at the pop culture parodies inspired by the series

Dec 31, 2015

A scene from UK drama “Downton Abbey” is displayed following a live stream of it’s US launch, at an event in central London on March 7, 2012. ; Credit: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

As it enters its sixth and final season, The PBS Masterpiece Classic, “Downton Abbey,” has garnered a huge following, and even inspired some spoofs of the 1920s British drama.

Parodies such as “Downton Arby’s,” “Sesame Street’s” “Upside Downton Abbey” and the “Colbert Report’s” “Breaking Abbey” are just a few examples of the series’ effect on American popular culture, even with its subject matter dating back almost a century ago in England.

So why has the show had such a massive effect on pop culture? What about this story keeps viewers coming back for more and willing to create comical content in homage to its plot and characters?

As a precursor to “Downton Abbey’s” final season, Patt Morrison weighs in with pop culture junkie and KPCC web producer, Mike Roe, on “Downton’s” mainstream influence and how it’s been the trigger for satire.

Guest:

Mike Roe, pop culture expert and KPCC web producer

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