It's all wonderful, though some of it is here and gone too soon. The pregnancy, the right suitor for Mary, Shirley MacLaine, and even Maggie Smith who gets the best lines and when given a chance to smile, shows that she is a gorgeous elderly lady and not a sour old hen; we needed more of all of them. The flaw is that there are too few installments in a show that is so wide in scope and has so many fascinating characters.
But always leave 'em wanting more is a saying that does work. Trouble is, a little more here would make me want Season Five even more!! There isn't another show on television that comes close, and the DVD set is better still for you can watch two, three, all of it! at once. And hopefully the next season will give Elizabeth McGovern more to do. She is a splendid actress but relegated here to a supporting character whose part is the most underwritten of all of the cast.
But if, like me, the series has grabbed you, this is a sure purchase. And a really good addition to any collection.