Everybody was always talking about the program, Downton Abbey. Eventually, I gave in and joined the crowd. I started watching Season III. From watching this season, I became enmeshed in the character's lives, just like everybody else. But my assessment of the characters was different than everyone else's.
My favorite character is Mrs. Hughes. I like Thomas, next, although he was considered "flawed", he added interest, to me. Of course, Mr. Bates in prison touched me, too. I didn't like Matthew. His histrionics over giving Downton the money drove me crazy.
A friend lent me Season I and II. I have now watched the entire story, so far. And my character assessments have shifted, or altered a bit. Just goes to show that there's always more to the eye than is obvious.
My new favorite is Mathew. And I'm shocked at Lord Grantham. Shocked! I see the necessity of his fall from grace, to make his character more forgiving. But still.
The Dowager Countess steals the show.