What makes Downton Abbey my favorite show? Oh, my...where do I begin?
- A unique time period. Beginning with the sinking of the Titanic and continuing through the first World War, the show embraces a period of massive change--both socially and technologically.
- Gorgeous sets and costumes. Downton is filmed at the beautiful Highclere Castle, and the house (if you can call it that) becomes a central character of the story. The costumes are gorgeous reproductions of early turn-of-the century style. I am also thrilled to see all of the early automobiles.
- Bad behavior has consequences. I was recently discussing this with a friend who had asked if the show was appropriate for a young teen girl. My initial thought was "no." There are several instances of promiscuous behavior (including a same sex kiss between a servant and a guest) that took me by surprise. I don't generally expect that in this type of show. And yet, each instance of indiscretion is followed by unintended consequences. That could serve as good conversation fodder for a parent.
- Stories from all classes of individuals. Not unlike the old series, Upstairs Downstairs, we not only see the rich and well-to-do, but we also the struggles and joys of the other classes.
- Maggie Smith. Need I say more? This classic British actress steals nearly every scene in which she appears. She delivers comical lines with grace and elegance.