I was mentally living with the Crawleys until I finished the series followed by the movie and it literally took two days for me to come back to reality :P
If you're thinking 'Crawleys who?!' then let me give you a small heads-up. Robert Crawley, the 7th Earl of Grantham receives some devastating news that leads to major reformation in his own family. How the family members adapt to it and how the drama unfurls forms the rest of the plot.
Dramas involve human emotions that we encounter in our day-to-day life. Downton Abbey tugs at heartstrings by making us feel everything undergone by all the characters in the show. You feel love when it blossoms, you feel grief when someone dies, you get upset when someone gets arrested, you get mad when there's a betrayal, you cry and laugh along with the characters.
The storylines spun for the characters have a dash of realism and that's what I loved the most! Right from an insignificant role to the lead role, there is a justifying storyline and why they're a part of it.
Another beautiful part of the show is the relationship between the upstairs people and downstairs people. The Crawleys taking care of the people who work for them is so heartwarming :') Mary's father-daughter kinda relationship with Carson and her friendship with Anna are something to watch out for.
Since it is set in the Edwardian Era, you see a lot of fancy dinners, ballroom dancing, the initial stages of using basic things like a telephone followed by crude moments of war and the Spanish Flu. The tea parties, garden parties, cricket matches, car races, horse races, and hunting taking place in beautiful castles and grounds are a treat to watch.
Props to the casting director! Each actor fits the role like a glove and they have done an exceptionally good job in bringing out their emotions in the people who are watching them. My favorite is Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham xD Her sarcasm, wit, vision, and love will be unmatched. Hail Dame Maggie Smith!
John Lunn, THANK YOU for letting us be one of them through your music. I haven't stopped listening to the OST and I don't think I will.
The show had a reboot in the form of a film, called by the same name in which the King and the Queen visit them. Watch it out for some soul-stirring moments like Thomas finding love, Carson returning to his duties, and the answer to the survival of Downton.
An unpredictable turn of events with a realistic ending to every one of them, strong and justifiable feelings, well-written character arcs are some of the reasons behind the huge success of this show. Few episodes in and you're already living there with Crawleys. It makes it so hard for us to believe that there's a reality beyond the show because it's soo good that you don't want to come out of it.
If you're already intrigued by the hidden metaphors, go to Amazon Prime and start watching Downton Abbey, and get immersed in the pool of British Aristrocacy <3