I have not been keen on watching Downton Abby for a very long time. It's set in the early 1900's, doesn't look that appealing (I'm more of an action packed, sci-fi girl), and it's about a man, his manor, and his servants....snore...and I'm British!
Could I have been more wrong?
It took a couple of episodes before I started to loathe and love certain characters, and even though I'm only on season 4, I am loving every moment of it. The iciness of Mary, the hypocrisy of Edith, the love between Anna and Mr. Bates, Thomas (grrrr), and the lovely Mrs. Hughes, who holds it all together.
This is the sort of show that (surprisingly) ends up appealing to any connoisseur. You actually bond with the characters much more than you expect to, and you're left wondering what on earth will happen next. I haven't felt like that about a show for years, but I'm very glad Downton Abby has filled that unknown void.