Downton Abbey Craze Serves Up A Demand For Butlers [npr.org]

Butlers in American pop culture tend to provide comic relief — think The Fresh Prince of Bel-Airor The Birdcage. Or, like Batman’s Alfred, the butler is more of a friend than an employee.

But one show has brought back the classic butler, with a vengeance. Since the British period drama Downton Abbey made its debut on PBS in 2010, the demand for butlers in some parts of the world has surged.

In a piece for GQ, contributor David Katz wrote about the increased demand for high-class assistance among the “.001 percent.”

Downton Abbey Craze Serves Up A Demand For Butlers : NPR.

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