During the pandemic, my wife discovered "Downton Abbey." A friend told her about it. It turned out to be one of those shows where she said "How did I not know about this show?" I was aware of it, thanks to Saturday Night Live parodies, but I hadn't actually seen it. So, now we were off to find it. I had to sign up for PBS streaming. Then it dropped off there and popped up on Netflix. Oh, and then there was a movie, so I had to sign up for HBO to see that. And when she wanted to see it again later on during the pandemic? Peacock. Then the new movie came out and that's on Amazon Prime. Oy.
We made it through the whole series, but probably will not watch again (unlike "Downton Abbey" or "Grey's Anatomy" which she keeps on re-watching). It's just all a downer.
Here are my problems with it: a) it's tone is decidedly dour. Infidelity. Heartache. Vile Americans. PTSD. Blackmail. Art theft and forgery. Oh, and fascists. Downton Abbey had all that too, but there was a lightness to it, and the family was essentially decent. And they had small cakes and scones. Yes, Downton would have a sex scandal, but then they'd have a "caper episode" where the family had to retrieve a stolen royal letter from a ne'er-do-well. b) the fascists. I mean, the owners of the hotel are being blackmailed and extorted by the petty fascist mayor and his goons. Sure, they may seem to outwit him, but, this is Italy in the 1920s. You know the fascists are going to win and keep winning until 1945, so it's hard to feel any relieve if the Count gets the mayor to tear up the trumped-up health code violations.
We completed the season and now wait to see if there's a season two.