Summary: Beautifully acted and detailed with loving visual care, “Downton Abbey: Season 3” continues a worthy tradition. While missing some of the repressed hostile energy of the first two seasons, it is still intelligent drama touched with strains of sharp wit and genuine compassion.
Summary: When I was assigned to review "Downton Abbey: Season 2," I was filled with dread. I find most costume dramas difficult to process, most constructed so frigidly that interpretation becomes a chore, not a rewarding challenge. Also creating terror was my moderate awareness of the program, gathered primarily from award show recaps and the occasional social media pledge of devotion.