Sometimes, I’m behind on my TV shows.
A few of my friends kept telling me to watch “Downton Abbey,” so I gave in and borrowed the first season from the library.
One friend said the first season wasn’t good, so I wasn’t sure what to think. I thought the first season, which centers around who the eldest daughter, Mary, should wed, was good TV.
But by the time I watched the second season, I was hooked.
The show has covered many years. The premiere takes place after the Titanic sunk in 1912, and season four takes place in the 1920s. The first and second seasons spanned many more years than the third and fourth.
Some say the show is geared toward woman, but I disagree.
Yes, the period drama showcases beautiful costumes, and yes, there is romance. But it’s so much more than that.
As a whole, “Downton Abbey” is a show about a family empire in transition. Themes of war, politics, love and tradition are sprinkled throughout the show’s 34 episodes.
The drama portrays history in an interesting way. It’s not always accurate, but I won’t discredit the show for that. They do have a historical adviser, and some of the scenes are filmed at Highclere Castle in England.
With the second season depicting World War I, many changes occurred throughout the following years and episodes as the family and country deal with the aftermath of the war in terms of social standard, economy and more.
Rape, racism, dancing, weddings, arguments and other events and issues are depicted in the British show.
It’s also interesting to note that some of the problems the Downton family faces are still a problem today. The estate faces financial trouble, including a bad investment, and some deem the family as too entitled.
I suggest giving the show a chance. Its merit is beyond pretty costumes.
Season 5 of “Downton Abbey” will air in the U.S. in January.