Don’t Stop Watching “Downton Abbey”

Ignore the backlash against the hit British period drama.

Unless you have been living on Mars, in a cave, with your fingers in your ears, you have probably heard about Downton Abbey, the compelling British period drama following the Crawley family and their servants. Maybe you, like me, watched one episode and then became a hermit, ignoring social and hygienic obligations in order to devour the entire first season in one sitting. The show is so addictive that it’s in the Guiness Book of World Records as the “most critically acclaimed English-language television show.”

The second season is currently airing on PBS on Sunday nights. In a time when soap operas are dying, Downton Abbey is full of delicious drama (not to mention the dazzling sets and costumes): back-stabbing sisters, love triangles, power struggles (between two sassy old British broads!), dueling servants. This is the stuff that makes television fun.

It was inevitable that someone on the Internet would start to hate Downton Abbey eventually, because, well, nothing stays beloved by everyone. If something is universally liked, the only obvious option is take the opposite stance. (I get it. Ask my opinions on Bridesmaids sometime.)

Downton haters claim the story has gotten too contrived, and the characters less likable. But I am begging you to keep watching, Downton fans. Because if you stop now, you will not get to watch the Christmas special. And the Christmas special is so worth it.