Last night marked the Season 2 finale of the hit PBS series Downton Abbey. In case you have been living under a rock, Downton Abbey is the new big thing in television. Dare I say, it may be close to reaching Mad Men-type popularity. According to The Daily Beast, Downton Abbey has made PBS cool again, as well as chivalry, politeness, culture, tuxedos all the time, the Spanish Plague and Maggie Smith (not that she was ever not cool.) “Not since Ken Burns’s The Civil War documentary, which aired in 1990, has PBS been at the center of national cultural conversation as it is now.” Masterpiece’s Downton Abbey will return in January 2013 and has generated critical acclaim, audience enthusiasm, and impressive ratings, and garnered six Emmys and one Golden Globe, ending HBO’s dominance over the movies and miniseries category. Downton is ranked No. 3 in terms of overall audiences in all Masterpiece presentations since 1990, second only to The Buccaneers and Prime Suspect 2. It brought in a staggering average audience of 6.3 million viewers for its second season premiere on Jan. 8 and was the second-watched program at 9 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday. We decided there had to be some career insights we could find in this amazing show even though unfortunately back then rich women didn’t work and their main goal in life was to find a husband. but the servants did take their jobs very seriously so we managed to find a few gems. Here are 10 career lessons from the Season 2 finale of Downton Abbey.
*Meredith Lepore contributed to this post.