I've taken the liberty of compiling a list of New Year's resolutions for TV -- just some goals to aspire to in this shiny new year, including fewer monkey and mob doctors, more love for ABC's Thursday night programming, and the end of Honey Boo Boo.
What "Downton" does well is worth the price of admission, and the actors in this cast are a continual treat, yet I feel compelled to list the problems and pleasures I find in the drawing rooms and the servants' quarters.
Downton Abbey is nothing if not entertaining. But it is also intensely political, raising questions that would surely interest the Obamas, given their recent history. Among them: Who at Downton was allowed to vote?