Downtown Abby Alien Nation
Too Polite To Point Out That The "Little Gentleman", Uh, Isn't(Click On All Images To Enlarge. Easy And Fun!)
If what passes for culture on U.S. television were compared with an infomercial, the infomercial might win; it's a real possibility. But Downton (shown here on Public Broadcasting as it is on BBC in the UK) is compelling on many levels: the obvious soap opera; the human drama of the Upstairs family, Downstairs employees; and the individual characters, living through (so far) 1912 - 1924, a rapidly changing world.
Many television dramas have a decent crew, lighting and set designers, costumers; even passable writers -- but if the program's cast doesn't have that je ne sais quoi, it may not last more than a couple of seasons. Clearly not so with Downton -- what makes the show is not only an excellent crew, but the strength of its casting.
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If they'd done that as far back as Season One, I'll bet things would have gotten interesting...