We still can’t stop giggling at this “SNL” fake ad, which imagines how bro-tastic Spike TV would promote “Downton Abbey.” Setting the scene with “it’s about a bunch of honkies that live in a church,” the way-too-macho narrator tries to pump up the dude appeal by referring to the Crawley daughters as “hot, way hot, and… the other one.” (Poor Edith.) Bonus points for the flame-engulfed graphics and renaming the Dowager Countess “the Chicken Lady.”
“Downton Sixbey” (“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”)
Speaking of “SNL,” alum Jimmy Fallon has his own version of “Downton,” called “Downton Sixbey” (since “Late Night” shoots in Studio 6B). The star-studded cast includes Brooke Shields, Whoopi Goldberg, and -- easily the highlight -- “SNL’s” Fred Armisen as the hopelessly plain Lady Hedith. (Again, poor Edith! That girl really takes a beating in these parodies.) Fallon’s British accent could use some work, though.
“The Fresh Prince of Downton Abbey” (CollegeHumor)
We’re fans of “Downton’s” haunting piano theme, but CollegeHumor definitely kicks it up a notch here by combining it with another classic: the immortal “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme song. The beauty is in the details: the spinning chair, the lyrics (“In Manchester, England I reside/a middle-class lawyer with my mum at my side”), and the closing shot of the Prince-to-be smooching a portrait of Mary.
“Uptown Downstairs Abbey” (The BBC)
Step aside, Yanks: Who better to mock “Downton Abbey” than the Brits themselves? And they do a bang-up job of it with this wicked parody, produced for U.K. fundraiser Red Nose Day, which kicks off with the sinking of the Titanic and the tragic death of Downton’s heir… Leonardo DiCaprio. Keep an eye out for TV stars like “Ab Fab’s” Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley and “Sex and the City’s” Kim Cattrall. (Hey, she is British, you know.)
The Season 3 finale of “Downton Abbey” airs Sunday, 2/17 at 9 PM on PBS.