A good story is a good story, but Dynasty is old-fashioned and Downton Abbey (ironically) isn't. Heck, Dynasty (with its flair for oldskool Hollywood glamour) was old-fashioned in the eighties - and I assume most fans like it that way. Season 1 could have been based on a novel from the 60s or 70s, and I believe that's what gave it such grandeur. Miami Vice was a modern 80s show, but Dynasty? No I don't think so. Downton Abbey is a "modern" period drama, and most people under the age of 30 (or 40) would definitely struggle to watch Upstairs Downstairs or the Forsythe Saga. I understand that this a generalization and I'm sure there are many people (including young'uns) who love the classic tv shows, but overall I think that modern television has created a demand for slickness that cannot be reversed.