A few days ago, I finished the first series of Downton Abbey. I grew up watching a lot of British television like House of Eliott, Keeping Up Appearances, and Upstairs, Downstairs, and so Downton feels very familiar and comforting to me. The show is endlessly entertaining and really almost soapy with its twists and turns and secrets. I’m eager to start watching the second series, but for the meantime:
A good, short New Yorker piece by Rebecca Mead.
Salon questions why liberals love the show.
Vanity Fair has a feature on the show and also a behind-the-scenes slideshow.
Vogue has a piece on the costumes.
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