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Downton Abbey - Am I the only one who finds this show increasingly absurd?

I discovered it after reading all the hype here and in the press. In a month's time I watched all of the first season and have caught up to the second. It was fun to a point, but it all seems to go in a big circle. Would these rich, class obsessed aristocrats in early 20th Century England REALLY be allowing the servants all of the graces they allow? Would "Lord Grantham" really do things like ask the maid about her son and offer, without her asking, to help in the son's admission into school or turn to his valet and say things like "you're awfully quiet tonight"? The downstairs drama goes in an infinite circle. Bates comes, he almost leaves, he stays, he leaves again, he comes back, there's a wife who leaves, paid off, then comes back again to "ruin" him.. There are two evil servants. WHY they're so evil nobody seems to know, and why they're hellbent on ruining the saintly valet and his (adorable) house maid girlfriend, nobody knows. SHEESH! It's just becoming rather silly now. I get the acclaim during the first season, but will it continue to receive praise at this stage? It's just so campy.


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