This season opener of Downton Abbey reminds us that it is equally important to respect the unique and essential role that grandparents can play in their grandchildren's lives and their families' experience.
This "way of life" has always been the main character of Downton Abbey, and the threat to it, progress, is a villain that cannot be stopped. Heading into the Roaring Twenties, Downton Abbey fans should brace themselves for an onslaught of progress.
Yesterday's two-hour snooze fest lacked drama and wit, taking its dour tone from Zombie Lady Mary. Most of the characters seemed to be sleep-walking through the episode -- or worse, acting like animatronic versions of themselves in a Yorkshire Disneyland.
The Grantham family has witnessed war, financial disaster and broken marriage proposals over the past three seasons, but only in the past year has the family been dealt particularly harsh blows with the deaths of Matthew Crawley and beloved sister Sybil.
Fictional rape has the distinct ability to be dealt with in a positive and empowering manner, Neither "Scandal" or "Downton," however, even closely enlisted advocacy in their depictions of sexual violence.