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January 29, 2013
When friends whose taste I didn't question otherwise raved about "Downton Abbey" during its first season, I began to question my own judgment about the trustworthiness of their opinions. In a moment of either magnanimity or weakness, I surrendered and promised a friend I would give the first episode a chance.

Not even ten minutes in, I came to a conclusion: "Downton Abbey" was a stuffy bore and my friends were never to be trusted again. Then, in an odd forgiving mood, I pressed on. I am pleased to report that my original protestations have been replaced with resounding endorsements!