With the kids sitting right beside you, of course. It's an experience not to be missed. We are huge costume drama fans here (i.e. M, S and me. My husband isn't so enthusiastic.), and we never miss the Masterpiece Classics on PBS, having run the gamut from Jane Austen to Charles Dickens to the current craze : the brand-new Downton Abbey. Set in the years preceding World War I, it showcases the Edwardian era and follows the vagaries of the Earl of Grantham and his family.
Episode I had a shocker, which I mercifully wasn't called upon to explain to either of the kids. They simply seemed to have taken it for granted that one of the characters, a gay footman, gave another male character a lingering kiss.
Neither did I have to explain a lovemaking scene in the the second episode. The kids were running around in circles playing laser tag with a friend, and didn't even see the scenes in question. I merely had to wave it off with an airy "Mary was in love with that guy, but he died suddenly." when M stopped by for an explanation later.
At the conclusion of Episode 4, the last in the series, all I had to explain away was an induced miscarriage by a villainous maid, and voila, difficult explanations ended. At least, till the next season appears, probably a year from now, given that it is still in production and scheduled to be filmed only this March.
"What did you think of it?", I asked M, with some trepidation.
"I liked it very much."
"Would you want to see it continued?"
"Then you'll have to wait till next year."
"Well, it does have much better production values than your average Mega-serial. It takes time to set those up, unlike the easy setups in Arasi" (Another favorite that they acquired a taste for when they last visited India.)
Come to think of it, it does have the typical mother-in-law vs. daughter-in-law antipathy, scheming villains (in the form of plotting servants), good-as-gold characters, not-so-good heros and heroines, surprise twists and hooks that characterize any soap opera world-wide. Just because it is filmed on location in an actual castle and features period costumed characters doesn't make it any different from the overall mind-tugging storylines that regularly enthrall TV viewers all over the world, whether it be Mexican telenovelas or Kollywood Mega-serials or Saas-Bahu dramas with bejewelled be-saried overly made-up matrons and their daughters-in-law.