Downton Abbey is a show on BBC and PBS about a large English estate. It has become quite popular which is a rarity for period costume dramas, so I have given it a try. Does it get this nerd’s seal of approval? Yes it does.
The show is about a fictional Yorkshire estate, and it takes place from 1912 to the early 1920s so far, and it follows the Grantham Family and their multitude of servants. There are so many twists and turns in this show that to give a full plot would take the fun out of it, but for something as slow paced as a costume drama, there is plenty happening to keep you interested.
This show is really a high class soap opera, but it is a well acted and written soap opera, so it is very engaging, and not to give anything away, but they are just as likely kill off main character as The Walking Dead, and that show is about the Zombie Apocalypse. The real reason I keep watching is Maggie Smith. She is fantastic, and I spend every episode just waiting for her to use her amazing control of words to get exactly what she wants.
Downton Abbey is not something I would usually watch, but thanks to my wife, I am hooked. Most of it should be streaming on Amazon Prime, even season three should be up soon, so there is nothing stopping you from giving it a try.