Downton Abbey: Season 3

Downton Abbey: Season 3

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The Great War is over and a long-awaited engagement is on, but all is not tranquil at the majestic English country estate. Could it be that even the war-weary Crawleys must fight a new battle to safeguard their beloved Downton?

2012Rating: MUKITV, PBS
Drama

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Episodes

EPISODE 3.1

Episode One

Cora’s mother sweeps into Downton for Matthew and Mary’s wedding,... More but with the couple’s relationship under strain will they even make it to the altar? New footman Alfred strives to meet Carson’s high standards, under the watchful eye of his aunt O’Brien. Robert’s shocking news brings financial worries to the fore, on an unprecedented scale. Might he lose Downton itself and all it stands for?

EPISODE 3.2

Episode Two

The estate's future is hanging in the balance and Mary... More is hoping to receive a bailout from grandmother Martha. Violet also attempts to help her make sure that Downton puts on a bigger show than ever before with a grand party for friends and neighbours. Mrs Hughes gets some news that worries her. O'Brien's attempts to boost Alfred's progress are met with disapproval from Thomas.

EPISODE 3.3

Episode Three

Edith's wedding day arrives but will her enthusiasm be able... More to convince the family that Strallan's age doesn't really matter. Mrs Hughes awaits her results. Anna manages to make a breakthrough as she tries to help Bates. Mary decides to take matters into her own hands to secure the estate's future.

EPISODE 3.4

Episode Four

Branson's political views manage to get him into trouble while... More Sybil's loyalty is tested to the limit. Ethel finds herself being torn between head and heart as she makes a decision about her son's future. Anna is upset by Bates's silence and wonders what could be the cause. Carson looks for a new footman and a good-looking candidate called Jimmy creates interest below stairs.

EPISODE 3.5

Episode Five

An exciting offer for Edith divides opinion in the house.... More Isobel ends up throwing Ethel a lifeline. Ivy is attracting plenty of attention below stairs. Anna’s perseverance finally pays off for her.

EPISODE 3.6

Episode Six

Tempers are left on edge after a kind gesture by... More Isobel backfires. Mary attempts to fight Branson's corner after his decisions are put under scrutiny. Robert and Cora's relationship feels the strain and Violet attempts to make them see things differently. Some extreme measures are taken by Bates.

EPISODE 3.7

Episode Seven

It's a good day as Anna's patience is rewarded and... More Edith gets some admiration from an unexpected quarter. Matthew refuses to back down over the estate management. Branson's plan for the christening causes some consternation, as does the sudden arrival of his brother.

EPISODE 3.8

Episode Eight

There's excitement in the house and village as the annual... More cricket match approaches, and the event brings out Robert's competitive side. Violet's great-niece Rose shows up but a trip to London reveals there is more to her than meets the eye. Matthew and Mary look like they are keeping secrets from each other. Thomas finds out that his future lies in Carson's hands.

Downton Abbey: Season 3 | Reviews

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Downton Abbey is a fantasy that gets sillier in prolongation...

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

This could be a great show. It’s been disappointing to watch it fall apart.

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Vox

Vox

By the end of its third season... at best, it was a crazy soap opera. At worst, it was boring.

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Huffington Post

Huffington Post

The actors in this cast are a continual treat...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The Abbey is on firmer ground this year and is an absolute pleasure to watch.

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Salon

Salon

It's not what it was, but even an imperfectly composed tea service tastes pretty good.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

One delight-filled episode after another ... very much in spite of weaknesses in the script.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Season three (has) a more compact, linear storyline.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

I can see that the show is a fine, transporting entertainment. But... I can’t invest in it.

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Variety

Variety

Engrossing from its first frames, the new season probably marks a slight uptick in quality...

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Downton Abbey: Season 3 | Release Details

Downton Abbey: Season 3 is available to stream in New Zealand now on Prime Video and Neon and TVNZ On Demand.