Yes, I’m a Downton Abbey fan. Of course I am. I also liked Upstairs Downstairs, which pioneered the British period piece about early 20th century aristocrats and their servants. This season’s finale of Downton is this week. (Why do British series have such short seasons? Another of my favorites, Sherlock, had just three episodes!)
There have been several commentaries on the social order chronicled here. George Will celebrates the way the old order starts coming apart with the rise of modernity and free market capitalism. Peter Lawler praises its conservatism. Steven Mufson sees economic lessons for today.
Are any of you Downton Abbey fans? What is it you like so much? Why do you think the show has become so popular, despite its lack of explosions and other hallmarks of our current entertainment industry?
What about the story and its multiple threads? This season seems to have less of a driving narrative arc than the others. What do you think is going to happen now?