Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey's Cheap Embrace of Rape as a Plot Device
Depictions of violence against women are all over highbrow TV. This was the worst example yet.
January 12, 2014

 After three years of forgotten plot twists and casually discarded characters, “Downton Abbey” has lost my trust in its ability to treat a storyline like this with anything approaching nuance. 

Downton's Third Act
Is the British Soap Stuck?
February 16, 2013

This season of "Downton Abbey" has had prostitutes, jilted brides, and tragic death. So why does it feel like nothing's happened?

The Pret A Manger Personality Debate: Round Two
Yes, a bad government is worse than a bad boss. But that's not the point.
February 07, 2013

Yes, a bad government is worse than a bad boss. But that's not the point.

'Parade’s End': Ford Madox Ford’s Masterpiece Comes to the Screen
'Downton Abbey' for grown-ups
January 27, 2013

Imagine the production values of “Downton Abbey,” but aimed at a grown-up audience.