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

  • Downton AbbeyDec 25, 2015

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    Mary tries to build bridges but Edith's secret continues to pose a threat; as Henry settles into the role of husband, the scars left by Charlie's death are slow to heal; Carson struggles to come to terms with new developments.

  • Season 6, Ep. 8 : Downton AbbeyNov 8, 2015

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    A change of circumstances puts Bertie Pelham in the limelight; Edith must decide between concealing her past at all costs or risk losing everything by confronting the truth.

  • Season 6, Ep. 7 : Downton AbbeyNov 2, 2015

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    Henry Talbot invites the Crawleys to watch him motor racing at Brooklands; Violet makes a plan which surprises the family and delights Denker; Mr. Molesley and Daisy must rise to the challenge on examination day; Andy's secret is brought to light.

  • Season 6, Ep. 6 : Downton AbbeyOct 25, 2015

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    Headmaster Mr. Dawes has a proposition for Mr. Molesley; Baxter is thrown into turmoil when she receives an unexpected letter; battle lines are drawn between Cora and Violet; Carson has an axe to grind with Thomas, but all is not as it appears.

  • Season 6, Ep. 5 : Downton AbbeyOct 18, 2015

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    Violet invites the minister of health to dine at Downton Abbey as part of her scheme to halt plans for the takeover of the hospital; Mrs Patmore, Daisy and Andy help Mr Mason to move into Yew Tree Farm.

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Critic Reviews( 3 )
  • There are plenty of jolts throughout: bigotry, rape, a possible murder. However, as is normally the case with Downton, it's the quieter moments that shine brightest. Show More

  • Now, I wouldn't say I loved it. Parts of it I didn't even like. I became quite engaged with what was going on downstairs with the servants, while I found virtually everything having to do with the Granthams (at least the parts unrelated to how they dealt with the staff) a chore to get through. Show More

  • Fellowes does know how to write some tasty dialogue, especially for Maggie Smith....The other performances are equally winning, but beyond that, you can't help feeling these actors are having a jolly good time with all this overblown fluff. And so will you. Show More

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