Period drama Downton Abbey returned to PBS last week for its final season, and this got us thinking about the actors playing Cards Against Humanity.
Last year, Entertainment Weekly produced this video featuring Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael), Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol), and Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) playing the politically-incorrect game. For those of you who don’t know about Cards Against Humanity, here’s a description from the Wiki page.
To start the game, each player draws ten white “answer” cards. One randomly chosen player begins as the Card Czar, and plays a black “question” card. The Card Czar reads the question out to the group. Each player answers the question by passing one white “answer” card, face down, to the Card Czar. The Card Czar shuffles all of the answers, reads them out loud in a humorous fashion, and picks their favorite. Whoever played that answer gets to keep the Black Card as one Awesome Point. After each round, a new player becomes the Card Czar, and every player draws back up to ten cards.
And, in case you’re wondering, the video does include Mrs. Patmore’s inimitable reading of the “Farting and walking away” card.
So far, no one from PBS has commented on the “Downton Abbey Cards Against Humanity” video. However, they did have this to say about the premiere.
“We’re incredibly excited that Downton Abbey’s fans came out in force for the premiere of what has become a cultural phenomenon,” said PBS chief programmer Beth Hoppe. While this ranking is shy of last season’s premiere, which saw 10.2 million viewers, Hoppe is still pleased. She adds, “We’ll also be looking at time-shifted and online viewing over the next few weeks as the season progresses.”
Added executive producer Gareth Neame, “America has whole-heartedly embraced the Crawley family and those who serve them since the first season of Downton and we are very appreciative. We’re thrilled to have season five, of which we are quite proud, off to such a strong start.”