YMMV / Upstairs Downstairs

The Original Series

  • Accidentally Accurate: At the beginning of Season Three, Lady Marjorie is written off the series by having her go down with the Titanic—even though women in first class had the second-highest survival rate of any group on board. The highest survival rate? First-class women's servants—like Roberts, who shows up later in the season to confirm Lady Marjorie’s death.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: "Guest of Honour", where King Edward VII comes to dinner at Eaton Place, a huge honour for the Bellamy family AND staff ... while, upstairs, former housemaid Sarah gives birth to her first child, fathered by James Bellamy, the son of the house.
  • Ear Worm: The theme tune. Used on the radio 4 PM show with a section called 'Up Shares, Down Shares' and lead to a large series of remixes. Still possible to listen to here.
  • Growing the Beard: The first two seasons are much more light-hearted, and (with the exception of "Guest of Honour") much less popular with critics and viewers, than the third and fourth seasons.
  • Les Yay: Interpret Rose and Sarah's friendship as you will.
  • Tear Jerker: James's suicide note.

The relaunch (2010 onwards)

  • Acceptable Political Targets: Obviously, just about everyone is horrified when Spargo and Persie reveal themselves to be Fascists. Spargo ends up repenting, while Persie goes off to Nazi Germany and becomes a kept woman.
    • Neville Chamberland, full-stop, as a punching bag for forcing the country to appease Hitler.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome:
    • Pritchard rolling up his sleeves and delivering Agnes's baby.
      Pritchard: Blood panics most people. When I see it, I calm down.... Don't worry, my lady. Mother Nature knows what she's about, and so do I.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: "You can't come out here and give him cold dinner. Come in here and give him hot dinner instead.
    • "No. There's been no mistake."
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Persie and Spargo; though Spargo ends up reforming.
  • The Woobie: Hallam and Rachel.
    • The Duke of Kent also qualifies, mainly during the first series's Abdication Crisis plotline.