A Short Defense of American Downton Abbey Fans

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trading on line con doppio binario This post started as a review of last night’s season premiere, but after reading Salon’s shade throwing review, the gears are slightly shifted. [Photo courtesy of Masterpiece on Facebook]

http://ligaspanyol.net/?mikroskop=cherche-femme-suisse-romande&e8a=26 Last night’s season premiere proved that the Downton formula of upstairs family drama, resistance/acceptance of societal changes, judgmental one liners from the Dowager, and the lives of the servants downstairs has never been better. Many of the characters are holding onto secrets that can damage their reputations. Mary is defying the convention for a widow in an unexpected way. Edith’s depression and heartbreak takes a frightening turn. Downstairs, secrets of the past and present are threatening to come to the surface. Fans can look forward to the rest of the season revealing how well the dirty laundry is kept hidden or revealed.    

http://hongrie-gourmande.com/frensis/550 American fans love and appreciate the Downton formula. Many shows have a set of tropes they’re built on, and it’s not always a bad thing. US viewership is on the rise because Downton Abbey has spread through word of mouth and social media well beyond PBS’ traditional base of period piece fans and Anglophiles. Most American dramas are on midseason hiatus, which makes attracting new viewers much easier. Comparing the UK ratings without taking into account that the show airs at a different time in the season is faulty and misleading. 

source As much as the show celebrates the culture of the early 20th century landed elite, there is just as powerful of an undercurrent promoting the values of a shift towards modern society. If someone can’t see the context shown in plain sight for the both the haves and have nots on Downton, then they’re not watching the same show I am. The characters that are American fan favorites are those that are the most victimized by inequality (Barrow) and the most hated characters are the most conservative (Lord Grantham).

go to link Sorry critics, I’ll keep watching this supposedly mediocre drama and I’m sure many more of my fellow Americans will do the same.