Why do we love 'Downton'? Let us count the ways

January 2, 2015 3:56 PM

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Why are Americans so fascinated with the lords and ladies of Grantham and the dozen-plus servants who run their gorgeous, terrifying, cathedral-like country mansion on Masterpiece's "Upstairs, Downstairs"-ish drama "Downton Abbey"?

The ITV-produced nighttime soap, set in England during the first three decades of the 20th century, returns for its fifth season with a 70-minute episode at 9 p.m. Sunday. It will be followed at 10:15 p.m. by a one-hour making-of docu, "The Manners of Downton Abbey."

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