Jan. 9, 2011 -
Downton Abbey, a British drama chronicling the social turmoil that World War I triggered for Britain’s landed gentry, debuts on PBS’ Masterpiece. With storylines centered on Lord Grantham, his American wife and three daughters, the seven-episode serial also features downstairs dramas among servants who run the vast estate. The debut season won an Emmy. The show became a break-out hit for PBS with the debut of the second season in January 2012.