This Sunday "Downton Abbey" returns for its fourth season. Here THE NEW YORK TIMES provides a bit of history on the series and the perspective that its shelf life might have expired. I tend to echo that TIMES' sentiment.
What is missing from this British import is insight into the struggle among classes. Sure, there is the servant from Ireland who runs off with the Earl's daughter. He becomes not only accepted by the family but also a shrewd businessperson. However, overall interaction remains sweetness and light between the aristocracy and the servant class.
As the economy in America recovers, we the underclass again have a solid shot at making it big. The servility of Mr. Bates et al. is going to get under our skin. We know that if have that mindset and behave that passively in capitalism we will not only not get anywhere. We will fall behind.
Also, in the Kingdom of Great Riches - New York City - we now have populist Bill de Blasio. As Mayor, he's not going to take any crap from the elite. That will embolden many of us nobodies to push to be somebodies. In that struggle there is no honor paid to the current economic lords and ladies of The City.