In the early 1970s, PBS's Upstairs Downstairs was a critical and ratings triumph. The period drama's remake, which begins its second season on PBS on Sunday at 9pm, has met with a wide range of reviews, from thumbs way down to raves.
Either way, these days it has a tougher comparison to live up to than its original. That's the incredible Downton Abbey, which begins its third season on PBS in January.
Until then, Upstairs Downstairs is a perfectly OK-ish placeholder for Downton.
The story revolves around the pre-WWII days of Nazis, mixed with love, lust and the mistress of 165 Eaton Place, Lady Agnes Holland (Keeley Hawes), her husband Sir Hallam (Ed Stoppard) and her Nazi-loving sister Persie (Claire Foy).