From the Boston Globe: Part of Downton Abbey's appeal is the smugness of hindsight. Just like "Mad Men" helps us think, “At least we’re not that sexist," "Downton" lets us congratulate ourselves about American social mobility.
From the Boston Globe: I loved the first season of “Downton," season two has a phoned-in quality, miracles occur where skillful writing might have intervened, subplots wax and wane randomly. But I am an originalist snob.
From Nat Johnson: I was stunned to learn from my studio producer that a musical legend would be joining the band that morning: Alan Civil had played in the Beatles’ albums “Revolver” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Holy Cow!