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Free Dallas previews of Downton Abbey and Girls welcome wonderful winter TV season

Free previews of Downton Abbey and Girls welcome wonderful winter TV

Downton Abbey
Watch the first hour of the fourth season premiere of Downton Abbey at Winspear Opera House on December 28. Photo courtesy of © Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE
Girls on HBO
The girls of HBO's Girls come back a bit early with a preview screening at the Granada Theater on January 6. Girls/Facebook
Downton Abbey
Girls on HBO

If you're a television fanatic in Dallas, you're in for two special treats: free sneak previews of the forthcoming seasons of PBS' Downton Abbey and HBO's Girls.

The bigger of the two is the screening of the first hour of the two-hour season premiere of Downton Abbey on Saturday, December 28, at Winspear Opera House. The PBS-by-way-of-Britain series has become a cultural phenomenon over the course of its first three seasons, earning a following that few thought possible for a period drama about the upstairs/downstairs inhabitants of an upper-class British estate.

Those who were fortunate enough to get into the sold-out event get a recap of the previous seasons and a parade of Dowager Countesses and Lady Marys, as fans are encouraged to dress as their favorite Downton characters. Downton Abbey officially premieres on Sunday, January 5.

The buzz from that premiere will have barely died down before Granada Theater hosts a screening the first two episodes of the third season of Girls on Monday, January 6. The comedy has also found a place in the zeitgeist thanks to writing of creator/star Lena Dunham and an unapologetic look at the harshness of relationships in New York City.

Anyone who RSVPed for the screening, which is also sold out, shall be plied with free food and drinks. Those left out in the cold will have to wait until the show airs for the rest of the country on Sunday, January 12.