This series is a lot of fun. It's not totally original to a lot of BBC historical dramas, but it's definitely worth checking out. The costumes are beautiful, the sets are phenomenal, and of course the acting is great. Maggie Smith plays "Maggie Smith" again, but she also provides some great comic relief in her little conservative quips. You can't help but love the good guy characters, loathe the villains, and be interested in all the rest.