Downton Abbey is a big, lavish and sprawling narrative that is full of human drama. Add some top-notch performances and excellent writing and you have entertaining, addictive story. I just finished the two seasons and now I must wait– impatiently–for the next season due return in September.
Downton has way too many characters and threads to try to explain–but are easy to follow when watching. The basic premise follows the lives of the aristocratic family, the Crawleys (their lives upstairs) and their servants (their lives downstairs) at the family’s Yorkshire country home during 1916 to 1920. I love the differences between the classes and the fact that honor and dignity does not limit itself to social status. But to keep it simple I will say it’s good…really good!
Writer and creator Julian Fellowes has an incredible talent! He is able to weave these intricate stories together seamlessly and has created some wonderful characters that cover the range from sweet and innocent to conniving and bitchy. I have several favorites–Anna and Mr.Bates, Lord Crawley, Mr.Carson, Mary and Matthew–but the best is Maggie Smith‘s Dowager Countess Violet Crawley. She is the reason to watch–Ms. Smith has a pitch perfect delivery–her expressions and quips are CLASSIC! It is always a pleasure to find a new beloved character–hats off to Ms. Smith!
If you can spare some time and you enjoy British drama (and humor), you will not be disappointed spending it at Downton Abbey–in fact, you may want to stay there.
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