YMMV / Upstairs Downstairs

The Original Series

  • 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.

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.