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3 Times ‘Little Women’ Made a Cameo in Modern Television

Even fictional characters have a love of Little Women.

Beyond being adapted into films, musicals and mini-series, Louisa May Alcott’s novel Little Women has made several cameos in modern television.

On Tuesday, Sony Picture was set to release the trailer for the latest film adaptation of Little Women, featuring an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Emma Watson, Laura Dern and Saoirse Ronan. The film’s release, which is scheduled for Christmas, comes more than 150 years after Alcott’s novel was published.

Set during the Civil War, the novel chronicles the lives of the March family, specifically the four daughters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. An immediate success, the novel is widely regarded as one of the most beloved of all time and its influence is widespread.

Along with being made into several films, Little Women has been referenced in several modern television series. Caution, some of these references contain spoilers.

Downton Abbey

In the first season of Downton Abbey, Cora Crawley, portrayed by Elizabeth McGovern, expressed a sentiment that many mothers of daughters could probably find to be accurate.

“No one ever warns you about bringing up daughters,” Cora tells her maid Sarah O’Brien. “You think it’s going to be like ‘Little Women’ instead they’re at each other’s throats from dawn until dusk.”

“Little Women” has been referenced in several television shows, including PBS’ “Downton Abbey.”
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In “The One Where Monica and Richard are Just Friends,” Friends‘ characters Rachel Green, played by Jennifer Anniston, and Joey Tribiani, played by Matt LeBlanc, exchange their favorite books. This leaves Joey reading Little Women and giving the world a few memorable quotes, such as when he thought

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