I am almost done with season one of Upstairs Downstairs, and I was disappointed enough to Google “Worst season of Upstairs Downstairs.” Happily, it seems if a viewer makes it past season one, she won’t be disappointed again until season three.
I give the show credit for discussing topics taboo in the early seventies, but it hasn’t aged well at all.
Sexual Harassment - I hope that in future seasons the footman Edward is gelded in some regrettable cutlery incident and stops sexually harassing the parlor maids.
Sexuality - Ironically, gay footman Albert is discovered to be “a pervert” while Edward is grabbing and pawing at every bottom that walks by.
Mental Health - Cook has a nervous breakdown, steals a baby, and is cured by the butler’s romantic interest in her.
I’m holding out hope that season two is better.