On the appeals of Downton Abbey

James Parker in this issue of The Atlantic on the appeals of Downton Abbey:

Americans eat this stuff up, of course. Why wouldn’t they? Class in America is not the ancient, neurotic, and quasi-magical apparatus that it is in Britain… Class in America is a greasy pole: you go up, you go down.

The first season was quite good, but the second did go too heavy on the soap.

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