Review: 'Downton Abbey' Returns As Great As Ever


Downton Abbey, one of the great melodramas of the modern television age, returns for its much-anticipated second season on PBS tonight at 9 p.m. with a two-hour premiere. That is pretty much all any Downton Abbey fan needs to hear (and doubtless already knows) because there’s almost nothing that could dissuade them from watching.

The acclaimed, Emmy-winning drama was one of the biggest surprises of 2011 and was a fascinating subject of exactly why on earth the costume drama attracted millions of people to Masterpiece on PBS. How could an English period piece about class structure and stately romance hook Americans? What was it about masters and servants that enthralled a nation? Despite dismissive suggestions that Downton Abbey was just a fabulous soap opera cooked up by Julian Fellowes, no pinpoint answer of any accuracy was ever given. Read More...


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