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Downton Abbey Returns to PBS: Was It Good? Bad? Boring? Viewers Sound Off

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Downton Abbey returned to American shores on Sunday, Jan. 5 with its season four premeire and fans were left … well, it was a mixed bag of reactions. Many took to Twitter heralding the return of their beloved period drama starring Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery, but there were quite a few who were left wanting more from the two-hour premiere.

Warning, spoilers ahead.

In the two-hour premiere, Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) hired a new lady's maid and fired the nanny. Rose (Lily James) got into some trouble at a local dance, the Dowager Countess (Smith) said wonderfully sassy things and helped Mary (Dockery) escape her months of mourning over Matthew (Dan Stevens). Was it enough for fans or too much?

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Parks and Recreation star Adam Scott took to Twitter and had an interesting demand.

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David Itzkoff of The New York Times joked about the nanny storyline.

Patton Oswalt live-tweeted the premiere and got very into it.

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"First restless/sleepless night in many moons," @30hertzrumble tweeted. "I blame all the Downton Abbey excitement."

Still, there was a few people who weren't feeling the Downton magic last night.On the other side of the arguement is @KSUSarah, who tweeted: "Is it me, or was last night's Downton Abbey a little Dullton? (covered lots of narrative ground ... but, yawn)." And @NancyKrulik tweeted, "I am about to be very unpopular, but...I think I'm over Downton Abbey."

What did you think of the season four premiere? Tell us in the comments below. Downton Abbey airs Sundays, 9 p.m. on PBS.

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