I had the Downton Abbey season 1 DVD set sitting around collecting dust. I heard so much wonderful praise about the show, but I never got around to watching it. Yesterday, I decided to watch an episode and I ended up watching the whole season. It is so addicting!
My favorite characters are Anna and Mr. Bates. I can't stand Mary. She doesn't deserve to be with Matthew Crawley. The back and forth between Violet and Isobel Crawley is wonderful!
There are so many familiar faces in the series including Maggie Smith (Prof. McGonagall, of course), Hugh Bonneville (from Lost in Austen, Miss Austen Regrets, and Daniel Deronda), Penelope Wilton (Harriet Jones from Doctor Who and Mrs. Hamley from Wives and Daughters) and Brendan Coyle (Nicholas Higgins from North & South).
You can explore Downton further in the companion book, The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes. I haven't read it yet, but I'll try to track it down in my public library system.
Watch some of the episodes online. If you're a fan of Upstairs, Downstairs, then you'll love Downton!
My husband watched the entire first series with me too. Our Downton binge reminds me of this hilarious Portlandia Battlestar Galactica sketch. One more episode!