01/22/2014 10:24 am ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

10 TV Grandmothers Who Rule

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Grandmothers have been calling the shots for centuries. And television hasn’t lost sight of that fact. This season, no one’s got more granny power than Downton Abbey. Can you name our top television grandmothers and their popular shows?

1. Violet Crawley, Downton Abbey

Like many grandmothers, the Dowager (Maggie Smith) is dignified, opinionated, and fiercely loyal. This season she proclaimed, “It’s the job of grandmothers to interfere.”

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