I know I’m a bit late to the party but I finally finished watching Downton Abbey. Let’s see what it’s about!
The show is a historical period drama set in England from 1912 to 1926. The stories revolve around the family Grantham who lives at Downton Abbey with their domestic stuff. Over the course of six season, hearts are broken, marriages are celebrated, wars are waged. Each member of the family and the staff has his or her very own story in this fascinating time…
Why should you check it out?
To be honest, my feelings about the show are a bit ambivalent. But I’ll start with the positive aspects!
The biggest reason to watch Downton Abbey is Maggie Smith. She plays the Dowager Countess and is absolutely divine. Even in the most serious moments of the show she will make a sharp, sarcastic or witty remark that will leave you laughing out loud. By far my favourite character on the show!
Furthermore, I appreciate that Downton Abbey focuses equally on the upper and the lower class. The staff gets interesting stories with depth and character development. Not only does it really add to the show in general and make the whole thing more broad, I am certain I wouldn’t have enjoyed it nearly as much, had there only been the upper class plotlines.
In general the whole setting, from language to costumes and music feels very authentic. It blends in perfectly with the real historic events the show incorporates from time to time.
Now a few words on the stuff I wasn’t too fond of. Sometimes the show was a bit too soap opera like for me. There was too much drama and too much emotion. But whenever I was on the verge of quitting, they got back on track and recaptured my attention. The biggest point on my con-list, however, is the character of Lady Mary Crawley. She’s one of the main characters and everybody on the show fancies her. Well, I think she’s an annoying brat that has no regard for other people’s lives. Although in some moments she was halfway decent, I could not get myself to like her. I wish her sister Edith had gotten more screen time instead of her. She was far more intricate and interesting.
Although I had and still have some doubts, all in all it is a very well done show that gives a fascinating pictures of the early 20th century. We get six amazing seasons with (some) characters that will touch your heart!
Did you watch the show? Let me know in the comments what you think!