We've become a family of television series watchers.

My wife, Kelly, who always has been interested in anything British, has become hooked on the series "Downtown Abbey."

Our daughter, Claire, began watching, and then got Kelly interested.

So last Monday, after I got home from a school board meeting, I sat down with my wife as she watched the last episode of last season.

Then I had to hear about it the next few days after one of the main characters was killed off.

She said she should have shut off the TV before he died.

I don't think it works that way.

I suppose if I was more vested in this show, I might have some empathy for my wife, but reminding her it wasn't real didn't help.

Now she's moping around waiting for the fourth season to start in January.

I am usually late to embrace these shows.

A few years ago, while convalescing at home after a surgery, my wife borrowed the HBO series "Deadwood."

We became so engrossed in it my wife bought me the series, and we have watched it several times.

Except for the fact that HBO canceled it after three seasons, leaving me forever wondering what happened to these characters, I still enjoy watching it.

We need to go back to Deadwood, S.D., now that we've seen the series.

Last time we were there, I ended up in a skit about the shooting of Wild Bill Hickock. For some reason, my acting career never took off.

Now I have a new show another that's been off the air for years.

I've just started watching the "Sopranos" on HBO. I know the show ended a long time ago, and even though HBO repeats these episodes randomly and not in order, I still watch almost every night.

Something about the mafia, I guess. I love "The Godfather" movies at least the first two.

Thanks to modern technology, I can record an entire series or go to Netflix or HBO Go and watch shows from the beginning.

And as soon as I learn how to use Netflix or HBO Go, that's what I'm going to do.

Claire is big on recording shows and watching them later. Even if she's home, she may record a show and watch it later.

I remember when VCRs seemed like a gift from heaven. Now, I have VCR tapes I need converted to DVDs.

Then they came out with Blu-ray players.

Who knows what's coming next.

Because people are so busy, television and cable and satellite providers have created technology that allows you to watch your shows whenever you can.

Claire and her boyfriend watch series after series using Netflix and HBO Go.

I guess we never have to worry about missing our favorite shows, even when they kill off one of our favorite characters.

Patrick Murphy, of Humphrey, Neb., is a former assistant managing editor of The Telegram.