Uhoh. Maybe you should have a seat? Take a deep breath and have a seat before you read any further. Let me know when you’re ready. Get calm. Are you ready? Yes? Ok. In a recent New York Times profile of Benedict Cumberbatch, your favorite guy whom you love so much from your favorite show, Sherlock, had some NOT TOO KIND things to say about your other favorite show, Downton Abbey. Oh no! Via NYTimes:

Mr. Cumberbatch could at least relate to this aspect of the character. [Ed Note: The "high-functioning sociopath" aspect.] He recalled an encounter he’d had in January at the Golden Globe Awards, where the PBS “Masterpiece” executive producer Rebecca Eaton taunted him affectionately with a trophy that had just been won by “Downton Abbey.”

He said: “I just looked at it and went: ‘Begone, woman. Bring it back when it says “Sherlock Holmes” or Steven Moffat or myself — someone else who’s more deserving than the second series of “Downton Abbey.” ’ ”

Exhibiting a diplomacy that his Holmes is not known for, Mr. Cumberbatch stopped himself from saying anything more about the rival television series.

“I know too many people who are in it,” he said. “I thought the first series was good. That’s what I’ll say.”

OOOOHHHH SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT! Downton Abbey just got Benedict CumberBURNED! Obviously this feud is hard on all of us. Who’s side are we on? Do we agree with him? Do we not know yet, because we’re following along with the Videogum TV Club and we’re only on episode 2 of the second “series”? Will our mental lives never be the same, constantly torn between loving Sherlock and loving Downton Abbey, knowing that there can only be one? That we love? Because of this thing Benedict Cumberbatch said? Life is so hard. Never let anyone tell you that life isn’t so hard.

Comments (34)
  1. More like Crocodile Drumdee, amirite?

  2. Dude, don’t be such a Benedict Cumberbitch!

  3. They should do a crossover episode so Martin Freeman and Joanne Froggatt can get together because they would be great.

  4. Oh no! If Benedict Cumberbatch and Julian Alexander Kitchener-Fellowes, Baron Fellowes of West Stafford, DL can’t get along, what change do the rest of us have?

  5. The girls on Tumblr are not going to be happy about this.

  6. Talk to me when you make more than 3 episodes a series, Ben. Quantity over quality!

  7. Does anyone know when Sherlock Holmes is coming back? (I love that there’s a rivalry between these two great shows. I hope it lasts. –Wonka)

  8. This is just an excellent sentence…

    He also discovered a Web site that juxtaposes his facial expressions from “Sherlock” with images of otters in similar poses. He said it was “brilliant” and “fantastic.”

  9. Huh. I’d always thought that, as far as being Benedict Cumberbautch’s favorite television show, Downton Abbey was a sure lock.

  10. I don’t know if I agree with Cumberbath’s assertion about the quality of Downton’s Series 2 vs. Sherlock’s Series 1. As I have not seen any of Downton Series 2 yet, to anyone who has, let me ask you this– Does anyone in Series 2 have a comically high-pitched, giggly and distracting voice that undercuts all tension of any scene they are in? If so, are they an archenemy to Mr. Bates or any other of the more beloved characters?

    • Moriarty’s line “Honey, you should see me in a crown” is perfection, though–best delivery. I had to keep rewinding that moment.

      • In reality, I actually didn’t have a problem with Moriarty. I know the choice was a deliberate one. It was intentionally odd, and I dug it. I also wanted to make fun of it though, so here we are!

        • I agree in sense that I could appreciate the intentionality and atempt to undercut preconcieved notions of classic vilany, but i definetly felt that it went too far too often. Sometimes painfully so. His final climatic scene was almost unwatchable. and the rediculous high/low camera angles didn’t help.

    • *CumberbatCh

      Man alive, that name is a mine field! If you miss any one letter or mess up the order you get the craziest names.

      Bendict Cumberbath
      Beedict Cuberbatch
      Benedit Cumberbach
      Beendict Cumbebratch
      Engelbert Humperdinck
      Benedcit Cumberatch

      See? Endless variations.

    • Downton Abbey never cuts through the tension with an ill-timed BeeGees song, so it’s automatically worse than Sherlock.

  11. Wouldn’t the Golden Globe have been for the first series?

  12. Sherlock is very good. But how about making more than three episodes per year?


  14. u the first season of Sherlock was better too if we need to go there.

  15. Ben’s completely right of course – Downton Abbey has become more and more tawdry and silly – but the point is, he shouldn’t have said it. It’s not big and it’s not classy. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, he’s too busy showing off sometimes to just sit on his hands (viz: ‘I’m a f*cking fantastic lover’) Yes, yes, we know it’s all terribly tongue in cheek, but you know he means it.

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