Jenna & Liz (30 Rock) v. Mrs. Hughes & Mrs. Patmore (Downton Abbey)

Division II: Work Friends

Clearly all the shows I watch center around workplaces.

#3 Jenna & Liz v. #14 Mrs. Hughes & Mrs. Patmore

This match-up is tricky because the friendships are so very different, but strong in their own way.

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On the one hand, there’s Jenna and Liz. Jenna’s the poster child for narcissism, and spends most of her time making Liz crazy. But when push comes to shove, they are often genuinely there for each other.



On the other hand, there’s Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Patmore. Watching their friendship evolve and grow over the seasons of Downton Abbey has been one of my favorite developments. Their friendship is honest, reciprocal, and supportive.

Remember when Mrs. Hughes found a lump in her breast and Mrs. Patmore took her to the doctor?


Or when Mrs. Hughes had Mrs. Patmore’s back with that ill-intentioned food supplier?


Mr. Carson may be the butler, but Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Patmore are really running the place, and doing it together.


For this match-up, I have to go with Hughes-Patmore because I actually want to be friends with them. What do you think?

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