I had heard of Downton Abbey for quite some time now but never really considered watching it. While it's a critically-acclaimed show, in America it goes somewhat unnoticed as (like Sherlock) it airs on PBS. I also heard a few of the actors in Game of Thrones also were in Downton Abbey. Which was reason enough for me to start the series.
The story is about Lord Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham in Great Britain. The year is 1912, and the Titanic sinks. On the ship was Robert's two closest relatives, which were his heirs to his estate. His daughters cannot be his heir as British law would not allow it. Robert had no close relatives, and his new heir is a very distant cousin they knew little about.
The heir is Matthew Crawley, who is quite middle-class compared to the British aristocrats he's related to. Both Robert and his wife Cora want their eldest daughter Mary to marry Matthew in order to give their daughter what she deserves. But things don't go well for both sides of the family at first, especially as Mary is quite rebellious and foolish.
After watching the first episode, I somewhat wondered if I would like Downton as much as everyone else did. But at the end of the season, I realized there was never a dull moment, and how much I wanted to see what happens to the characters. I also like how it's set in history, and how all the characters are strong and unique; from the nobles to their servants. My wife Daisy really liked it too, and she is excited about the next part of the story.