I've not read the thread because I don't want to read any spoilers. I just started watching this series, mainly because I've heard it was good. I actually knew nothing of the premise at all.
So, this should give you all a good chuckle.
I've consistently misread the series title as "Downtown Abbey". Honestly, I was expecting a show about some girl named Abbey who worked downtown (maybe similar to Sex in the City sort of thing). So, I was a bit taken aback when a decidedly period piece showed up on my screen. I kept watching and wondering who the heck Abbey was and why she hadn't been introduced yet. Then I was wondering what the heck everyone was talking about when they mentioned "Daunton".
For the first episode the biggest hi-lights for me were seeing Ygrette from Game of Thrones and Professor McGonagall from Harry Potter.
By episode 2 I realized I was mis-reading the series title and that "Downton Abbey" was the name of the house! That's as far as I've seen. I'm still not sure if I'm liking it or not. I'll finish watching season 1 and see. I'm sure most of my problem is just that I was expecting something a lot different, cuz I'm a dolt!!
Tracy and Brody
Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made. ~Roger Caras
Thanks for the chuckle, Tracy! I have no doubt that a lot of people probably wouldn't find this to be their cup of tea. I love period pieces, especially the costumes, and learning about the customs of the time. I also think the lack of commercial interruption has been part of the appeal. Please weigh in, after you have watched more, with your impressions.