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Serious business occurs in this week’s episode, and it doesn’t involve marginal progress in one of the lame stories, or a footman spilling something at dinner. No, this is about as good as the show gets, and it really is predicated on shocking you.
28 Jan 2013
Downton Abbey might not necessarily represent a perfect world, but it does assert a knowable one, and this provides refuge from the uncertainties that plague us in our everyday lives.
27 Jan 2013
As the overarching narrative of the season, the question of "How will we keep Downton Abbey?" is working far better than the WWI did last season, probably because it allows Fellowes to focus on the minor characters in a way that the galvanizing narrative pull of the war did not.
15 Jan 2013
While many critics argue that Americans are fascinated by Downton Abbey because of its fundamental Britishness, in other words because of how fundamentally different its sensibilities are from our own, I feel quite the opposite.
08 Jan 2013
Cast interviews in Downton Abbey Revisited feature an appealing awareness of the occasional improbability of their characters and storylines, a point made clear by a slightly bemused Hugh Bonneville, who plays Robert Crawley.
24 Nov 2012
Stratified Society Depicted Brilliantly 'Upstairs, Downstairs Complete Series: 40th Anniversary Ed.'
The 40th anniversary DVD presentation of this highly influential drama series is an outstanding package both for viewers new to the series and for established fans that don’t already own previous DVD releases.
19 Apr 2012
I am as excited as a person could possibly be for the beginning of the fifth season of Mad Men, but I worry that the season won’t be as good as we want it to be.
21 Mar 2012
Downton Abbey reveals not only the play of chance that often confounds choice, but the power of social class to confine choice within established boundaries -- and we're comfortable with that.
06 Feb 2012
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