How to win an argument — ‘Downton Abbey’ style


For the past 5+ years, those who have watched every second of Downton Abbey have seen the best of times and the worst of times. It’s the instances that brilliantly combine both the best and the worst of times where you fondly remember the good old days of Dallas and Dynasty with the witty banter that flew during classic sparring matches. The witty banter that was a mainstay of shows like Dallas, Dynasty and, even, Designing Women are words written on a page by brilliant writers who have a good amount of time to craft a comeback in any situation.

Unfortunately, in real life, time is not always on your side when you are in need of that perfect response that puts an end to any argument. When you really think about it, Dynasty’s Krystle, Alexix and Fallon Carrington and Dallas‘ J.R., Sue Ellen, Bobby and Pamela had nothing on the times that the Dowager Countess and Isobel Crawley have gone at it so all one has to do is look to Downton Abbey for assistance.

Dowager Countess Isobel Crawley

It’s the real life situations that most of us need help with. When our work proposals are dismissed without consideration, your co-workers don’t meet deadlines, our friends are irritated or our culinary skills criticized and an argument ensues, it seems we are never at our wittiest. Fear not. Lady Mary and the gang from Downton Abbey have been there, done that and bought the t-shirt when it comes to every conceivable argument, confrontation or encounter. FYI, for all you Monty Python fans out there, we’re talking full fledged arguments here, no contradictions allowed.

Thanks to the Radio Times and Ellie Walker-Arnott for putting together a quick reminder to all of us just how Downton Abbey can and will continue to be our beacon of the quick comeback long after the series has come to a close. Here are but a few to get you started…

For those times when you are dealing with someone that fails to grasp your convincing argument…

Failure to grasp a convincing argument

When you are faced with having to combat childish behavior…

Combating childish behavior

For those times when someone needs a little ‘gentle persuasion’…

Gentle persuasion a la Lord Grantham

And, finally, when you need that perfect ‘dramatic’, turn on your heels, exit….

Making an dramatic exit

With five seasons under their belt and the sixth and final series on its way this Fall on ITV and January 2016 on PBS, there’s a good chance that all of your future discussions/encounters/arguments have been covered by someone whether they reside upstairs or downstairs. Here are a few more courtesy of Radio Times.