Downton Abbey: Season 1

Downton Abbey: Season 1


Winner of six Emmys, Downton Abbey is a dramatic examination of the wealthy Crawley family and the servants that look after them, set in the UK during the uneasy years leading up to the First World War. Stars Dame Maggie Smith, who picked up a Best Supporting Actress Emmy for her role.... More

"The Downton Abbey estate stands a splendid example of confidence and mettle, its family enduring for generations and its staff a well-oiled machine of propriety. But change is afoot at Downton — change far surpassing the new electric lights and telephone. A crisis of inheritance threatens to displace the resident Crawley family, in spite of the best efforts of the noble and compassionate Earl, Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville); his American heiress wife, Cora (Elizabeth McGovern); his comically implacable, opinionated mother, Violet (Smith); and his beautiful, eldest daughter, Mary, intent on charting her own course." (Official Synopsis)Hide

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  • Downton Abbey, which premieres Sunday, is this generation's "Upstairs, Downstairs," both in theme--the daily dramas of a titled British family and their many servants--and in stature. Full Review

  • Snobs may sneer that the series could more accurately be called "Remains of the Gosford/Upstairs/Brideshead Revisited Park." But there are times when a sincere imitation is not only better than nothing--it's nearly as good. Full Review