I know a PBS TV show is probably not on your radar as it certainly was not on mine. The first season was streaming on netflix and I had heard rumblings about the show this summer so I decided to check it out. My wife and I devoured the first season in 3 days. Yes it was that good. What did I like about it? Every person in this large cast (maybe 20 people) is perfectly cast and somehow they explore each person. I went in with reservations about the show being a period piece that showed the servants and the upper class under the same roof, but I really loved it. I really encourage anyone searching for quality TV programming to check this show out.
Downton Abbey's Granthams and their family of servants have already weathered scoundrels, scandals, and a momentous succession crisis. But by November, 1916, the Great War has rendered everything — and everyone — changed. Even Downton Abbey itself, like its residents, has risen to the call of duty and transformed.
At the war front, life intensifies for Downton's young men in the face of untold horrors. Meanwhile, at Downton, war makes new and often unjust demands. Some rise to its call for a stiff upper lip and a useful turn, and others see change as an opportunity for either growth or exploitation. Far from the trenches, there remains no shortage of scheming, meddling, and dangerous attractions.
As other great houses crumble, a diminished Downton Abbey struggles to prevail into a new era with its residents and its honor intact. Maggie Smith (David Copperfield, Gosford Park), Elizabeth McGovern (A Room With A View), Michelle Dockery (Return to Cranford), and Dan Stevens (Sense and Sensibility) return with an all-star cast to season two of Julian Fellowes' Emmy Award winning drama, Downton Abbey.