The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Duck or Downton?

Fans of two TV family sagas — Duck Dynasty and Downton Abbey — may live in parallel worlds and the divide is deeper than who wears camouflage and who wears tweeds: populist A&E or elitist PBS. One fan group follows Phil Robertson, patriarch of a duck-call dynasty on the rural reality show. He’s strongly supported by those who cheered his return to the series after he was suspended for controversial public remarks. He’ll return in the spring because the network says the show resonates with a large audience who consider his family one “that America has come to love.” Of course, no network, including PBS, can sneer at ratings. Hence, on the cusp of a new year there was a parallel America eagerly awaiting Season 4 of a fictional family and servants set in early 20th-century England.


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