A Downton Abbey Drinking Game, In Honor of Sunday's Season Four U.S. Premiere

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It's back. Let's get pissed.
Editor's note: The author is British, so this thing is, like, authentic. And you might be saying "Hey, didn't you run an almost identical drinking game last season?" Actually, yes! We considered writing a new one, then remembered how enraged we were by the Season Three finale and just posted this again. You're welcome.

Downton Abbey returns Sunday, so to celebrate, buy the finest wine you can afford to drink in large quantities, send the staff away for the weekend, become horrified by the smallest social faux pas, and sip gently and politely along using our well-mannered and extravagant drinking game.

There will be no chugging here. That sort of thing is what common folk do.

Every time Carson's eyebrows distract you from a scene, drink. Two drinks if you miss what actually happened in a scene because you were too focused on them.

Look at them. They're magnificent.

Every time you can insert the word "burn" after yet another polite smackdown, drink. Practice it; you'll get the hang of it. You should drink two or three times depending on the quality and depth of the burn, which means when Maggie Smith does it you should definitely drink at least twice.

Drink every time Maggie Smith is so much better at acting than the other cast members that it's just off-putting.

Every time a character references how much the world's changed since The War, drink.

Every time there's confusion about who actually controls the estate's finances, drink.

Every time no one gives a solitary crap about anything Edith does, drink.

Whenever the Crawleys remember there are babies in the house, drink.

Every time there's a panning shot of a large building you couldn't afford unless you inherited land and a title, drink.

Every time someone moans at Daisy when it's not really her fault, drink.

Now for some gender-biased drinking rules!

Men: Whenever there is a totally kickass old car, drink.

Women: Drink whenever there is a simply stunning interior.

Drink every time Mary looks horrified. Drink twice every time she displays behavior unbecoming of an upper-class British lady.

Drink every time Thomas is an absolute dick. Two drinks if he's being a dick and trying to get someone fired.

And, finally, take a drink for every single archaic British word you don't understand. If it's a phrase, one drink for every word of the phrase.

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It's football season....why would I do/watch this? I play a drinking game when FB is on........I drink everytime a plays happens.  Certainly no American males are watching this...right? 

Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port - Winsesdale Cheese - Slices of Apple and Pear - Phone turned off

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Big Kitty is an extreme die-hard fan of Downton.  But she's infuriated at Fellowes' decision to kill off Lady Sybil and Matthew Crawley.  She intends to watch the fourth series, but I expect a lot of "hhrrrumphs", eye-rolling, and hissing coming from her way.



Plano frau............soccer mom.......talking on the phone while the kids are screaming in the back of the Suburban.........nothing to do..........eating a gallon of Fudgeberry Ice Cream...........red boils.......husband is banging the secretary? 


@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Just FYI, it wasn't Fellowes decision--the two actors wanted to leave. So annoying.  Then again, I guess Fellowes could have had them run away together or something not quite so final, but he was pissed (especially at the guy playing Matthew who doesn't do anything else now, sucker).


@Myrna.Minkoff-KatzHow have you NOT watched it yet? Such restraint! I'm truly impressed. I rented those suckers at Premiere a month ago.


@MissMacy @kergo1spaceship 

You are a female..........you are supposed to say that.  That's like saying watching football is better than going to the mall. 

Penalties offset-score is still MM-0, Kerg's-0, with 14.58 left in the first quarter. 


@AdamsonScott @kergo1spaceship 

Dang, should have said straight American male! Look, there are things my wife does that I include myself in, but don't like:

-visiting, shopping, gossip.....and she the same (sporting events, farting, hiking, etc.).  If you are sitting with a man and he says he like's DA, he is lying; and he either wants something or is trying to be nice.  But really he wants to be watching sports.  And if he is, and he likes it.....hmmmm? ....just saaaying. 


What a bunch of homophobic drivel.  Does your wife know you're a neanderthal?

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