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‘Downton Abbey’ Season 5 Premiere Recap: The Not-So-Simple Life

Like the fog that floated around Lady Edith as she biked toward her baby in the opening scene, Downton Abbey fever enveloped me within seconds. This is, perhaps, a perverse reaction. PBS’s blockbuster ratings notwithstanding, haven’t we agreed, we TV-watching sophisticates, that Downton is past whatever prime it can lay claim to having — not true New Golden Age drama, but just General Hospital with tonier accents and fewer James Franco cameos (so far)?

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