17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Not Downton Abbey, but still enjoyable!,
This review is from: Upstairs Downstairs (DVD)First, let me get something out of the way: People are naturally going to compare this to Downton Abbey (it's predecessor on PBS Masterpiece Classic), but it's not a fair comparison at all. Downton Abbey ran for seven 90 minute episodes & the new Upstairs Downstairs only had three 1 hour episodes. In the time it was given, I think Upstairs Downstairs did a fairly decent job of keeping me (and others, no doubt) entertained.
The new cast is admittedly small, but lovely with great chemistry. If you're a fan of the original Upstairs Downstairs, you'll recognize one familiar face! The three episodes take place before and during the royal abdication and lead up to the second world war. Much of the action takes place in the house itself (165 Eaton Place) and the viewer is introduced to each and every character very carefully (backgrounds and histories are laid out quite effectively).
Personally, I cannot wait to see the second season!