'Downton Abbey' Season 3 Set To Premiere: 5 Best Parodies Of The Series

5 Best 'Downton Abbey' Parodies

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The U.S premiere of "Downton Abbey" season 3 is still a month away, but fans of the series got an early treat when it was announced on Thursday that the series is up for multiple Golden Globe Awards, including Best Television Drama. 

Since the Edwardian-era drama debut in the UK in 2010, the Emmy award-winning show has become a pop culture phenomenon. Not surprisingly, "Downton's" melodramatic tone has inspired countless parodies. 

Here are the top five spoofs of the PBS hit. 

5) "Downton Arby's"

Released by the Yahoo! channel Sketchy, this inevitable parody centers on the intricate inner workings of an Arby's restaurant. Starring Richard Kind, Matt Walsh, Erin Gibson and Jennie Pierson, the hit web video has been viewed by millions.

4) "The Fresh Prince of Downton Abbey"

The website College Humor drew a hilarious parallel between "Downton" and the '90s sitcom "Fresh Prince of Bel Air," which centers on a streetwise young man who moves into his uncle's ritzy mansion. The spoof features a mock cousin Matthew telling his story over a hip-hop remix of the show's melodramatic opening score.

3) "Uptown Downstairs Abbey"

"It is the story of a house ... divided by stairs." The annual Red Nose Day Charity, which works to combat famine in Ethiopia, released "Uptown Downstairs Abbey" (a play on the show's comparisons to the British series "Upstairs Downstairs"). Narrated by Michael Gambon and starring Kim Cattrall, Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders, the sidesplitting two-parter can be enjoyed by those that are unfamiliar with the series.  

2) "Fancy Entourage"

"Saturday Night Live" compiled a trailer of the series as it would air on Spike TV. The promo--narrated by an overenthusiastic stoner-- introduces viewers to a show were "there's plenty of old-fashioned cars to laugh at" and "anytime anyone says anything, a third person hears it in the doorway." 

1) "Downton Sixby"

"Late Night's" Jimmy Fallon gave "Downton" the NBC treatment earlier this year in the hilarious "Downton Sixby." Following a hot air ballon accident, Carson Daily, the heir to NBC, is presumed dead and DJ Questlove stands to inherit the network. 

Fallon, Brooke Shields, Whoopi Goldberg and Fred Armisen star as members of the aristocratic upper crust. The hilarious two-part parody quickly gained a following, with fans eagerly awaiting the next episode. 

 

"Downton Abbey" season 3 will debut on PBS on Jan. 6. 

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