Peeking Through the Keyhole

The Brontë sisters in TVshows- from Downton Abbey to Sons of Anarchy

Besides the Brontë sisters we also do love tv series so much. We watch them all, from Dawson’s Creek to Game of Thrones, from Orphan Black to The Big Bang Theory
You’ll never believe how many references to the Brontës we’ve found in tv series, sometimes we couldn’t believe it ourselves. Here are some examples.

Since it is settled in Yorkshire and deals with a rich English family of the beginning

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of 1900, you can easily imagine that Downton Abbey is the easiest place where to look for them.
In this elegant British-American historical period drama television series cco-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece for ITV and PBS, there are lots of references to the Brontës. Here we’ll just tell you about our favourite one: in the lovely Christmas special of the second season, the Crawleys are playing games around the fireplace. Lady Mary has to mime a novel- it’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë.

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In many episodes of Gilmore Girls, the American tv series created by Amy Sherman- Palladino, you’ll find lots of references to Charlotte Brontë. In fact, it looks like Charlotte’s got a special spot in Rory Gilmore’s heart. In an episode of the fifth season, we can see Rory, maybe the most loved reader of tv series, in her room in Yale. She’s at the phone, and on the wall behind her there’s a poster with Charlotte’s portrait.

We find Brontë novels again in F.R.I.E.N.D.S., the American television sitcom, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman. In an episode of the fifth season two of the main protagonists, Rachel and Phoebe, go to an English Literature class during which they read Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.

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Rachel seems not to take it seriously though, and she goes to the class without reading the novels, but using Phoebe’s ideas to make a good impression with the teacher. So Phoebe, tired of this, tells her Jane Eyre is not a woman but a Cyborg.

In a funny episode of New Girl, the American tv series created by Elizabeth Meriwether,

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Nick and Schmidt meet at the pub and start arguing about alcohol and about being a nice person. A drunk man next to them calls Schmidt “Heatchliff”.

We even found different unexpected references to the Brontës in Sons of Anarchy,

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the American tv series created by Kurt Sutter about the illegal traffics of a motorcycle club. The title of the tenth episode of the last season is “Faith And Despondency”, a poem by Emily Brontë. In this episode Juice, one of the SAMCRO members, is in jail. He receives a package from another detained, containing different things and a book called Love Poems by Emily Brontë (which we don’t think does exist by the way). But don’t buy it, this is far from being a romantic message. If you’re curious to know what else was inside the package well… you’ll have to watch the series!

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