What I've come to realize though (and yes it took me almost all of six seasons to get there) is that despite what seems to be the very charmed and carefree lives of the residents upstairs, I'd so much rather live downstairs.
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.
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.
When I watch shows like Downton I like to imagine that I'm just like one of the characters in the story. Usually, it's the heroine (because really, who wants to be Daisy?). I'm a Crawley, for sure, but which one?
Like so many millions of others, I was enthralled by the first two seasons of Downton Abbey. But now I am done. I find myself alternately bored and irritated while watching the show, and here are my reasons I no longer care.