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Downton Abbey

Series Summary
This British drama series follows the lives of the Crawley family and its servants in the family's classic Georgian country house. The series begins with the 1912 sinking of the Titanic, which leaves Downton Abbey's future in jeopardy, since the presumptive heirs of Robert, Earl of Grantham -- his cousin James, and James' son, Patrick -- die in the catastrophe, leaving the family without a male offspring to take over Downton when the current lord dies. The point is important since Lord Grantham's children are daughters -- Ladies Mary, Edith and Sybil, but the facets of their lives and of those of the below-stairs staff -- also a highly regimented world -- have fascinating story lines.

Air Dates: 2010 - Present

Genres: Historical drama

Network: ITVMNF

  • Season 5, Ep. 9 : A Moorland Holiday Dec 25, 2014

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    Rose's father-in-law, Lord Sinderby, has rented Brancaster Castle in Northumberland and invited the Crawleys to a shooting party.

  • The London Season Dec 25, 2013

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    It's the summer season and, as part of Rose's "coming out," she is to be presented at Buckingham Palace. The family and servants are at Grantham House, their London residence, preparing for the busy social season.

  • Season 4, Ep. 8 : Downton Abbey Nov 10, 2013

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    Rosamund comes up with a plan to help Edith, but Violet, Edith's gandmother, sees right through it; Isobel is the object of someone's attention, while Mary asks Gillingham for a very big favor.

  • Season 4, Ep. 7 : Downton Abbey Nov 3, 2013

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    Cora's playboy brother, Harold, is in trouble, so Robert must travel to America to help bail him out; a new farming venture at Downton sees Blake and Mary putting aside their differences.

  • Season 4, Ep. 6 : Downton Abbey Oct 27, 2013

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    A birthday party is planned for Robert, but Rose's contribution to the event surprises those above and below stairs, a new farming venture on the Downton estate comes with dramatic repercussions for Mary, and Edith receives troubling news.

critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • Judging by the first five hours of the second season, it successfully broadens the storylines of several key characters. The cast is first-rate; only Elizabeth McGovern? occasionally rings a false. show more

  • Your investment in the many stories spun out by creator Julian Fellowes may take longer to develop this year, because the costume drama's pace is off in the early going and it's far more contrived and inconsistent than it was in its first season. show more

  • The series seamlessly moves between the horrors of war and the gentility of life in the show's titular 100-room manor. show more

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The First Photos From 'Downton Abbey's' Final Season Are Here

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Katie Roberts on Aug 14th, 2015 10:15AM

It's the beginning of the end for "Downton Abbey," as the beloved British series prepares to sign off after its upcoming sixth season. Now, PBS (which airs the show here in the U.S.) has released the ...

The Cast of 'Downton Abbey' Apologizes for Bottle-Gate in the Best Way Possible (PHOTO)

Posted by
Tim Hayne on Aug 18th, 2014 2:00PM

When you screw up and the internet takes notice (hardcore notice), it's best to come back with an "oops, we screwed up"-type acknowledgement that the internet will embrace with nearly as much fervor a...

This 'Downton Abbey' Season 5 Photo Has a Serious Flaw

Posted by
Tim Hayne on Aug 14th, 2014 9:00PM

There's something not-quite-right with this "Downton Abbey" Season 5 photo released Thursday. Something is amiss, you see, and Lord Grantham and Lady Edith are none the wiser. Behind them exists an ob...

George Clooney May Get Married at the 'Downton Abbey' Estate (VIDEO)

Posted by
Katie Roberts on May 27th, 2014 8:00PM

George Clooney and his fiancee, Amal Alamuddin, may be set for a wedding fit for the Dowager Countess: The pair are reportedly considering getting married on the English estate where PBS series "Downt...

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