Guinness Book: ‘Downton Abbey’ is ‘World’s Most Critically Acclaimed Show’

Downton Abbey

The PBS Masterpiece drama, which has been nominated for 11 Emmys this year, has been awarded a Guinness world record for being the most “critically well-received show in the world,” reports Deadline. (Mad Men and Modern Family are among the previous holders of this title.)

The announcement comes as The Daily Mail‘s AN Wilson has launched a blistering attack on the show and its writer/creator Julian Fellowes. Wilson argues that Downton‘s “upper-class nostalgia is a gross distortion of history,” while adding that it “glorifies an ordering of society that was hateful in reality.” What do you all think? Is Downton Abbey sublime, well-crafted drama or disgraceful period lifestyle-porn?

Here’s the trailer for the new season, which premieres in the UK this Sunday (September 18). This clip features a choral remake of U2‘s “With or Without You” (similar to the version of Radiohead‘s “Creep” used in the Social Network teasers):

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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