Downton Abbey – Why is It So Good?
If you’ve heard anything about Downton Abbey, it’s probably from someone who has watched the show and publicly raved about it. If you haven’t heard about it yet, I’m going to be one of those people.
For starters, I drag my feet on period pieces. I don’t really know why, because I often end up loving them. Personal quirk, I guess. Downton Abbey was no exception. I’d seen a couple of posts on Facebook highly recommending it. I’d also heard a few friends say they’d started watching it and couldn’t quit until they were through the series.
Even with all that praise, it took me a while to give it a try. Huluplus has the first two seasons, and I clicked on Episode One thinking it might be something pleasant to watch before going to sleep each night. Hah. Twenty minutes in, and I was intrigued. By the end of the first episode, I can honestly say I was hooked. Four episodes later, it’s after one a.m. and I’m still up.
Fictional Downton Abbey is set at Highclere Castle. Set in the World War I era, Downton Abbey takes place in the Yorkshire countryside and features the aristocratic Crawley family. We are immediately drawn into their lives, their interactions with each other and with their servants. Each of the characters is completely compelling.
It is also simply a beautiful show. The setting, the clothing, the people make it a visual feast. Favorite characters? Matthew Crawley, Lady Mary Crawley, Robert, Earl of Grantham and John Bates.
On a closing note, the last scene in the last episode of Season 2 was worth waiting for and then some!
Info on Downton Abbey 2013 schedule here.