Hmm, I haven't watched Downton Abbey yet, but I'm starting to think I should after reading this hilarious article, Downton Abbey: Why It's Like American Girl Dolls For Grown-Ups, at the Huffington Post.
Downton Abbey is set in the fictional Yorkshire country house of the Earl and Countess of Grantham, and follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants during the reign of King George V. Season one spans the two years before World War I, beginning with news of the sinking of the Titanic.
The second season covers the years 1916 to 1919, and the 2011 Christmas Special December covers the 1919 Christmas period, ending in early 1920.
The hilarious Huffington Post article compares the three Crawley sisters to three American Girls:
Mary Crawley = Samantha Parkington
Sybil Crawley = Felicity Merriman
Edith Crawley = Molly McIntire
So, Downton Abbey paper dolls or trading cards anyone? Although that nightgown sounds promising....