So, you, like the rest of America, are sad about the dramatic and tragic end of Downton Abbey (think about Britain, they’ve been this sad since CHRISTMAS). It’s almost like you lost your wife in childbirth and now you are getting extra pretty maids fired because you look so good shirtless, but you don’t have a Mrs. Hughes to hold your hand in the library and now you are crying and it’s making it hard to work.

You know what? We want to be your Mrs. Hughes. Let us guide you through this time of hardship with these 4 ways to deal with your sadness.

1. Understand you are not alone.

By Marshall Ramsey

We feel your pain. Even here at KQED, this cartoon is the most popular email of the week. We have also received sad phone messages, emails and tweets from our fans who really wish we could turn back time.

2. Read the recaps.

Carson Can Read

KQED Arts writer (and KQED Pop co-editor) Lizzy Acker recapped this season of Downton Abbey and even ranked the characters each episode just for YOU! Here you go, episode by episode. Relive the memories. Take your time:

Episode 1: The Americans, Or Thomas, Stole The Subtext

Episode 2: Edith Will Never Be The Queen Of Anything

Episode 3: A Great Many Noses Will Be Out Of Joint But The Postman Will Remain Happy

Episode 4: Good News For People Who Like Bad News

Episode 5: Ladies’ Night 

Episode 6: On One Condition, We All Play Cricket

Episode 7: Bizarro Downton And The City Of Angels

3. Turn the music up loud enough to drown out the noise of your ugly crying.


Music is a great coping mechanism. Luckily for you, the other KQED Pop co-editor, Emmanuel Hapsis, thought ahead and put together a mixtape dedicated to the Crawley girls to see you through this rough patch.

4. Laugh at Edith’s expense.

As Mary Crawley can attest, dumping all over Edith is good fun and raises one’s spirits immediately. So check out Edith with Googly Eyes, a Tumblr that is exactly what it sounds like. Editors’ Note: While we think certain facets of Edith’s sad existence lend themselves to comedy, she’s actually the only Crawley we can stand right now.

Don’t you feel better already?

4 Steps to Coping with Your Downton Abbey Grief 20 February,2013KQED Pop

  • I love KQED…. I am now listening to my Crawley Girls Spotify and staring at Edith’s Googly eyes… No one wants to hold my hands here at work while I cry.. where is Lizzy Acker when I need her?

  • Now I know…I’m NOT alone!

  • Nina

    I was beginning to be a bit peeved with KQED for taking over the airways I watch practically EXCLUSIVELY with pledge breaks and interminable repeats of T.J. Lubinsky-style musical retrospectives (not to mention resurrecting ancient Wayne Dyer advice about how to deal with the 70s). But I do believe I feel a spate of forgiveness arising. Thank you, creative folks who put this together!

  • Ginny

    I was hoping to understand here why Abbey has descended into a British version of Dallas meets Desperate Housewives…Bring back the pledge breaks!

  • Kevin

    Downton Abbey Season 4

    Can’t wait for the new season of dowton abbey, so many juicy tidbits and the addition of Paul Giamatti will turn this show upside down.

    Downton Abbey Season 4 is a show that takes place in 1912 during the sinking of the Titanic. Set on an Edwardian country house in Downton Abbey Season 4, life is idyllic and busting for a family called the Crawley’s.



KQED Pop is a daily blog edited by Emmanuel Hapsis that critically examines the social and cultural impact of music, movies, television, advertisements, fashion, the internet and all the other collective experiences that make us laugh, cringe and cry. We focus on local, national and international experiences with a Bay Area lens. We don’t do reviews.

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