Downton Abbey: Season 1

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)

2010Rating: MUKITV, PBS

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Episode One

Downton Abbey is a historical drama written by Julian Fellowes.... More The series follows the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them in an Edwardian country house just after the turn of the 20th century.


Episode Two

Matthew Crawley and his mother Isobel arrive at Downton, and... More have difficulty settling in. Carson is mortified when confronted by his past. Violet attempts to promote a match between Matthew and Mary. Isobel is elected to serve on the hospital board.


Episode Three

Cora's tries to set up Mary with Evelyn Napier, who... More falls for his friend instead, with significant consequences for the household. Bates takes action to help cure his limp.


Episode Four

Mrs Hughes finds herself the focus of speculation when she... More meets a former suitor who makes her question her position. Violet and Isobel clash over a medical ailment affecting Molesley. Carson is concerned there is a thief at work in the grounds.


Episode Five

Isobel finds herself at odds with Violet. Mary is introduced... More to a potential suitor but wants to be with Matthew. Anna works out who stole a valuable snuff box. O'Brien plans a way for Edith to get even with Mary.


Episode Six

Sybil puts herself in danger when a fight breaks out.... More Sybil's sisters notice Matthew's feelings for her. Mary is surprised by a marriage proposal. Bates clears his name over the missing wine but resigns rather than name the real culprit.


Episode Seven

Cora's pregnancy throws the inheritance issue into doubt. Matthew must... More wait for an answer to his wedding proposal. O'Brien discovers more compromising information about Bates. Thomas leaves.

Downton Abbey: Season 1 | Reviews



From virtually any angle, though, Downton Abbey is an almost peerless piece of real estate.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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.

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