If you are at all a fan of Jane Austen, the Brontes, British people, pretty clothes, interesting architecture, history, or just plain old good television, you should watch this series. I happened across it on Netflix a month ago, and watched the first season in time to catch up with season two, which started last Sunday.
The series explores the ups and downs of Lord Grantham and his family, as well as the trials and tribulations of their servants. Dame Maggie Smith (above) does not disappoint as the sharp-tongued, witty matriarch of the family, Violet. One of my friends recently confessed that she has a personal goal of “doing old like Maggie Smith.” An excellent goal, in my opinion!
You can catch season one streaming on Netflix* –and on PBS online until 1/17! — and season two is at the PBS Masterpiece website. Locally, it airs on PBS on Sunday nights at 9.
*It will suck you in. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.