Before Downton Abbey, there was Upstairs, Downstairs

I’m a Downton Abbey fan, and I’m glad the series started up again, last season though it be.  I am rather astonished, though, at the hype and frenzy around this excellent portrayal of the British class system in the first half of the 20th century.  But I haven’t heard any credit being given to the series that Downton Abbey is, in effect, remaking:  Upstairs, Downstairs.
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Downton Abbey

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!) [Read more…]