Downton Abbey has been getting a lot of buzz lately. And it is well deserved. This show blows my mind. I stayed up until 3:30 AM yesterday (well, technically, this morning) finishing Season 1, which you can find on Netflix.
After a heart-jerking Season 1 finale, I had a sheer moment of panic: Netflix only has the first season.
Luckily, there is nothing a quick Google search cannot fix, and I found out that PBS has all of Season 2 online.
I’m already on Episode 3, and oh yeah, its intense.
Reasons to Obsess:
1. The acting is phenomenal. Each character is so distinct, dynamic, and interesting, and the actors are fully committed. You see their vulnerabilities, insecurities, and they really put their heart in to it. So much so, that when things go wrong, your own heart breaks, and when things go well, you rejoice with them. The episodes tend to take place entirely in or around the house, yet there is not a dull moment, as their relationships are fascinating to watch as they unfold.
2. It is beautiful. I wish I could steal their clothes (okay, I might look slightly out of place in early 1900s attire). But in all sincerity, whoever designed the sets and the costumes did a fantastic job, and the hair and the makeup is impeccable.
3. You get a glimpse in to history. The show gives a very honest and accurate view in to what life was like in the early 1900s. The writing is strong– they definitely did their research. And what I love most, is that they give both sides of the story; what it was like for the higher class and the lower class, as the story follows two groups, the wealthy aristocratic Crawley family and their servants, living in the same household.