“Downton Abbey”! It’s a runaway hit by PBS standards. And, really, by premium cable drama standards. Which is … weird. Especially if you, like, me grew up under the specter of PBS shame, thanks to your love of “Square One.”
- “Downton Abbey” and its surprising viewership (and, more surprisingly how many people are talking about it on Facebook and Twitter)
- Some theories on why “Downton Abbey” is so popular
- Julian Fellowes, “Downton Abbey” and “Gosford Park”
- “Downton Abbey” and its soap opera roots, which somehow seems redeemed in some people’s eyes by its patina of legitimacy
- Some things we liked and loved in the season 3 premiere
- More prettiness
- Broad appeal in a period dress
- The Titanic sank in 1912.
- The show’s mediation of social conditions that were in place at the time
- The “Downton Abbey” seasons 1 and 2 recap
- Rich vs. poor dynamics in “Downton Abbey” and today
- Static soap opera characters vs. (many) “Downton Abbey” characters
- Whether Maggie Smith was ever a child
- The “Haunted Mansion” movie
- Listener mail! From Ked, commenting on so many episodes, but in particular we talk about How to Build a Gay Character for your TV Show or Movie
- Episode link: The Snobby Soapiness of ‘Downton Abbey’
- Zen and the Art of Adaptation
- “Downton Abbey: Why We Love It – And Where It Went.” British Heritage, Sept. 2012.
- “Downton Abbey: Participatory Culture and the Future of Serialized Narratives,” Marion C. Wrenn, Princeton University, presented at the PCA/ACA National Conference in 2012.
- Why ‘Downton Abbey’ is a hit in America
- Why do we love Lady Mary, the Dowager Countess, and Mr. Bates the valet so?
- Downton Abbey Scores Ratings Hit In US as 7.9 Million Tune In For Season Three Premiere
- ‘Downton Abbey’ Ratings: Season 3 Premieres To 7.9 Million Viewers
- Five reasons why Downton Abbey is so popular