Top 10 TV Shows of 2012

3. Downton Abbey

Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), his posh family and their exhausted minions were forced to face the fallout of World War I this time—a rich backdrop to this ruby of a drama's seething class struggles and irresistible romantic intrigue. Would unlucky heiress Mary (Michelle Dockery) finally connect with true love Matthew (Dan Stevens)? No stodgy stalling here. The storylines moved at an invigorating pace, like a Merchant Ivory flick on Red Bull. (PBS)

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