So I've been entranced by the series lately and so I'm starting a thread. The first thing that comes to mind in regards to this series is how much it resembles Mad Men. Both are period pieces, both are high on the style quotient, and both depict both the underlings (servants, secretaries) and princes (the ladies and the ad executives). I like Downton Abbey much more simply because it is much less overtly political and cynical than Mad Men. It also does a better job with the set than Mad Men, since Downton is filmed at an actual castle, while Mad Men is set in 60's NYC but is actually filmed in LA so you have a ton of scenes with the blinds drawn even though sunlight is pouring down. But enough about Mad Men. Downton to me seems like it has at core what attracts us to shows like Battlestar Galactica or Mad Men, but in a more pure form and without pretending to be about something else. Any other fans here?