From a psychological perspective, Downton Abbey continues to demonstrate that while times may change, many aspects of the human experience remain the same. Family secrets, a standout theme from the most recent episode, were as complicated and problematic 1922 as they are today.
In a successful drama, particularly one with such deeply-written and beloved characters as Downton Abbey it hurts much more to see the personality-lobotomies that have occurred since Matthew's reckless driving/acting career move.
After last week's extremely upsetting episode, many viewers of "Downton Abbey" wondered where the show could possibly go from there, what with a violent attack on one of the show's most beloved characters. The answer is that it just goes on.
When the Criterion first opened its doors, Alexander Graham Bell had yet to claim the patent for the telephone, Thomas Edison was still five years away from inventing a practical light bulb and the first Ford Model T wouldn't see a road for more than three decades.
Whether it is 1922 or 2014, coping with grief is a complex and deeply personal process. Lady Sybil and Matthew Crawley, demonstrate some basic principles about getting through a tragic loss that are as true today as they were in generations past.
Even in a fantasy world like Downton Tabby, sometimes shocking, sickening, horrible things happen, just like in real life. This week, a wonderful house party is ruined when someone brings an Australian.
I've always been an Anglophile. So I was predictably intrigued with Downton Abbey when it debuted. Beautiful noble house, fascinating family turmoil, class conflict, lovely setting, well-drawn characters.
Thanks to a three-month U.S. lag time, the third and controversial episode of Season 4's Downton Abbey has already broken the Internet across the pond. And if you've been holding your hands to your ears to avoid spoiler alerts, now you know why.
We too are facing changing times but for the moment, like Lord Grantham, our top one percent is fighting hard to hold on to the 'old ways' that have brought them over 80 percent of the economic benefits generated by our economy over the past decade.
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.