The best show you're not watching?
I came across Downton Abbey shortly after season 1 had begun. Honestly, I can't remember who told me about it, or maybe I had just seen previews for it on PBS. Either way, from the first episode of season 1, I was hooked!
As you can tell, it's a period drama, set in England (Edwardian times). I've heard it's very similar to Upstairs/Downstairs, in that it not only follows the life of the noble and genteel, but also the lives of the servants. (I have never seen Upstairs/Downstairs, but apparently it was very popular in the 70s? and there was also a remake recently.)
The drama, the costumes, the language, the romance, the twists and turns, I love it all.
I even got Brian hooked on it! *LOL* It really is THAT good. Now, some naysayers will tell you that season 2 (already aired in the UK, but currently airing in the US on PBS), which I've seen (thank you, Interwebs), is not good at all. But, I don't think that's it. I just think that season 1 was THAT good that season 2 does have a harder job in front of itself. I still enjoy the series greatly, and can't wait for season 3!!
If you haven't watched it, you should, EVEN if you don't think it would interest you at all. Give it a whirl. I think you may be surprised.
And yes, I am a little obsessed with it. I've read/watched interviews, articles, and even watched a well-done UK Parody of it (which was so funny!). So, I recommend. Go watch, go watch! (If you have Netflix, season 1 is on there.)