Awesome Parodies

This Norwegian 'Sherlock' Parody is Wacky, Amazing and Totally NSFW Awesomeness

We’ve certainly seen many creative Sherlock parodies over the years – from musical adaptations, to snarky cartoons, to detailed and realistic mash-ups with fellow Steven Moffat production Doctor Who.

This latest parody – which comes to us from Norway and has become something of an instant classic among members of the Sherlock fandom online – is a bit simpler, in terms of concept, but in no way less memorable. (Or creative.)

Norwegian actors Vidar Magnussen and Bjarte Tjostheim – who star on the show Underholdningsavdelinge - came up with the idea to do the spoof once they realized they looked a bit like British stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. But they definitely take things to a whole ‘nother level of silliness.

'The Simpsons' Parodies 'Downton Abbey' Again with a Bloody 'Itchy and Scratchy' Spoof

It’s official – literally everyone has made a Downton Abbey parody. Or so it seems.

It’s not enough that long-running pop culture staple The Simpsons already did a version of the show’s opening credits in the style of Downton last year, this time the show has decided to feature the mega-hit costume drama as part of its incredibly violent in-series cartoon The Itchy and Scratchy Show.

Because nothing says posh period costumes and a rigid class structure like buckets of animated violence, right?

Amazing Internet Things: Even P. Diddy Wants into Downton Abbey

Apparently, there really is no upper limit when it comes to Downton Abbey parodies. We’ve had clips featuring musicals, Sesame Street, One Direction, a Nintendo game and the zombie apocalypse, so it would stand to reason that this latest addition to the Downton Parody Pantheon isn’t even that that far outside of the realm of normal.

Except possibly when you consider the guy that made it. It turns out that P. Diddy (otherwise known as Puff Daddy and/or Sean Combs), the business mogul-rapper-actor-designer-whatever, is a fan of the show. Enough that he staged a (kind of really weird actually) Twitter hoax claiming he’d joined that cast, which turned out to be a promotion for his new clip the always hilarious site Funny or Die. In this particular spoof, Diddy proclaims himself the actual first black actor to be part of the show – rather than Death in Paradise star Gary Carr, who’s joining the cast for Series 4.

Anyway, P. Diddy sets out to prove this assertion by way of a spoof called Downton Diddy, in which he repeatedly calls it “Downtown Abbey” and has cleverly inserted himself into existing footage from the show by way of some sort of CGI-fueled wizardry. It’s pretty clever, even if some of the jokes are going to make you roll your eyes a bit.

Best Parody Ever? Watch Downton Abbey: The Musical

Downton Abbey parodies are basically a dime a dozen on the internet these days, and most of them are actually pretty awesome, but there are some that are just on another level of amazing. This is one of those things.

This ten-minute parody imagines creator Julian Fellowes finally cutting us Americans a break and putting on a stage version of the first episode of Series 4, to stop us complaining about being behind the UK broadcast. The twist? It’s a musical episode.

Yes, this is as close as we’re ever going to get to the real Downton: The Musical, so just enjoy every perfect second you can.

Amazing Internet Things: Downton Abbey Does One Direction

So, this new trend of making spoken word mash-up versions of hit songs using popular figures from pop culure is a bit strange and silly (and I totally blame President Obama and Carly Rae Jepsen for making it a thing in the first place), but it’s hard to resist something that’s as cute as this particular version turns out to be.

Most Downton Abbey fans are in need of a bit of a pick me up after the emotional devastation of the Series 3 finale, and this bit of ridiculous fluff is pretty much exactly what the Dowager Countess ordered. Comedian Richard Sandling has put together a pretty epic video mash-up of the Crawley clan and all their servants performing One Direction's (ridiculously catchy) hit song “What Makes You Beautiful”.

Cobbling together bits of footage from all three seasons and both Christmas specials, Sandling actually gets the Downton crew through every single line of the song, save one, which gets a slight Edwardian update. All in all, it’s pretty fun.

And, as usual, Mr. Carson absolutely steals the show.

Amazing Internet Things: Jimmy Fallon Takes Us Back to “Downton Sixbey”

Now that we’re well into Downton Abbey Series 3, late night host Jimmy Fallon has brought back his hilarious parody of everyone’s favorite costume drama, Downton Sixbey. In fact, Fallon’s been so on top of his game the past couple of weeks that there are two new episodes of the skit, which both offer send-ups of various Downton plot points from this season, including the Crawley’s money troubles and a family wedding.

While some of the humor in these skits is a bit…well, I imagine Carson would refer to it as low-brow, Fallon’s re-imagining of the characters and events of the popular British soap is hard to resist. Click through for a look at the next two installments in Downton Sixbey – and here’s hoping there are more to come in honor of Series 3 wrapping up.

Amazing Internet Things: Sesame Street Does Downton Abbey

You knew this had to happen sooner or later. Everyone’s favorite children’s show Sesame Street has finally taken on everyone’s favorite costume drama Downton Abbey, and the result is basically as adorable as you’d expect. This parody will officially air on Sesame Street on Monday when Season 43 debuts, but you can get an early look at it right now because, well, that’s what the internet is for, right?

The Upside Downton Abbey skit features a clever take on the opening-piano-music theme song, as well as super cute Sesame Street muppet versions of the Dowager Countess and Mr. Carson. (Oh, how I wish that it also had Robert or Mary in it, because, well, I would just love to see a puppet version of either of them. Imagine Mary’s dress!) The Dowager is having a bit of a struggle to enjoy her tea and crumpets, because at Upside Downton Abbey, their house is, as you may have guessed, upside down. And, as one might expect with this character in any iteration, the Dowager is a bit resistant to change, even when tea is involved. Watch for yourselves below.

Amazing Internet Things: The Downton Abbey Meets Breaking Bad Parody You Never Knew You Needed

Downton Abbey is a megahit around the world and, as such, has seeped into our general popular culture in a way that few series from recent years can match. Luckily for us, this generally means that we get a lot of great Downton-themed videos and other bits of fun to enjoy, which can take some of the sting out of the wait between seasons. We’ve had two Downton spoofs from late night host Jimmy Fallon, we’ve taken a trip to Downton Arby’s and rapped about the Dowager Countess. But this incredible mash-up courtesy of Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report might actually take the cake as Best Downton Parody of the Year.

Featuring several of the men of Downton Abbey – namely Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, and Rob James-Collier – this clip re-imagines the cast of Downton Abbey in the world of AMC’s critically acclaimed drama Breaking Bad. (Breaking Bad tells the story of Walter White, a high school science teacher turned meth dealer and his subsequent spiral into a life of crime.)

In Breaking Abbey, Lord Grantham is now the “tea kingpin of Yorkshire,” having resorted to some apparently quite illicit and shocking activities in order to acquire the money to keep Downton afloat. All handdled with the proper etiquette of course.

WARNING: There is some strong language (even if the worst of it is bleeped) and some potential content issues due to the general themes involved with Breaking Bad. Proceed with serious caution if talk about drugs, drug use or drug running is not exactly your cup of tea.

Amazing Internet Things: First Episode of Doctor Who Parody Inspector Spacetime!

Abed, the resident pop culture geek played by Danny Pudi on NBC’s Community, is probably very happy today – the first episode of the comedy’s beloved Doctor Who parody Inspector Spacetime actually exists!

Oops, I mean Untitled Web Series About a Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time. The production ran into some copyright concerns from NBC and has now “regenerated” in this new, retitled incarnation. UWSAASTWCATTT was entirely fueled by a very successful Kickstarter campaign and will be comprised of six webisodes with (apparently) more to come, as creator Travis Richey says he’s already got an idea for Season 2.