Downton Abbey

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Season 1 episodes (7)

1 Episode One
New series set in an Edwardian Country House in 1912 following the lives of the Crawley family and their servants. The sinking of the Titanic leaves Downton Abbey's future in jeopardy. However, the eldest daughter, Mary is quick to put her intended marriage behind her and move on. The arrival of the new valet, John Bates, shocks the servants and O'Brien and Thomas scheme to make his stay at Downton as short-lived as possible.
2 Episode Two
Everyone is anxious at the arrival of Matthew Crawley, the heir presumptive, and his mother, Isobel. Matthew encounters problems settling in to this new life whilst Isobel and Violet are immediately at daggers drawn. Carson is mortified to be confronted with his past and Gwen seems to have a secret correspondent.
3 Episode Three
Mary is instantly attracted to handsome Turkish attaché, Kemal Pamuk. However, their romance is cut brutally short, sending ripples of unease through the house. No one is more interested than O'Brien in Pamuk's movements. Gwen is humiliated when her secret is exposed. Bates goes to extreme lengths to cure his limp.
4 Episode Four
The fair arrives in the village and Mrs Hughes finds herself the centre of speculation when she meets a former suitor who makes her question her position at Downton. Violet and Isobel are in conflict over a medical ailment affecting Molesley. Elsewhere, Carson fears there is a thief at Downton.
5 Episode Five
The village is preparing for its annual flower show. Isobel and Violet are in conflict over Violet's long-held Best Bloom title. Mary is introduced to a potential suitor, Sir Anthony Strallan, yet she appears to be more interested in Matthew. A valuable snuff box goes missing and Mrs Patmore tearfully reveals her fears to Carson that her career may be coming to an end. O'Brien engineers a way for Edith to be revenged on Mary.
6 Episode Six
Sybil's political aspirations land her in trouble. Matthew and Mary's relationship takes an unexpected twist whilst the question of the wine thief is brought to a head with a shocking revelation by Bates. Edith may have found an admirer at last. Branson is more lovesick than ever.
7 Episode Seven
Cora's news throws Matthew's future into jeopardy and makes Mary question the proposal. Thomas finds a new future for himself and so does Gwen. But Mary, by her lack of decision, may have lost hers. A grand garden party at Downton brings events to a head, but all this pales into insignificance in the face of Robert's shock announcement.

About this show

The costume drama series, Downton Abbey, written and created by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes, stars Academy Award-winner Maggie Smith as a Dowager Countess of an Edwardian English country house in 1912. The series portrays the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them, in a time before the last vestige of century's old tradition were stripped away by World War and the modern age. The all star cast also includes Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern.

Ratings and reviews

40 reviews
Dianne Hippchen Savage
January 17, 2021
I find the series relevant and an excellent time period series. To the individual that commented about "a gay kiss", if that is all you got out of it, I feel sorry for you. Would you prefer it be rewritten to erase facts? History is history is history!!! Homosexuality is a fact of life. I do not condemn individuals for who they choose to love and I also don't condemn a series that happens to include the fact that these individuals have loved this way since the beginning of time. Shame on your small mindedness! Yes point to the Bible and tell me what it says PLEASE!!! I know what IT says and it also says "Love thy neighbor as thyself" & "Who is without SIN cast the first stone." Must be nice living in that glass house so high and mighty, careful you don't get a nosebleed.
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R. Allan Weir
January 19, 2021
I had heard about this show when it was being produced, but I did not opt to watch it. I do not often go for period drama. Which is all the more reason to take the time to discuss the virtues of this show. It is well-written, engaging, with good attention to character detail and scenery. In short, it's everything a classic period piece should be. Once I had seen the first episode, I ended up buying the entire series and I have enjoyed it immensely.
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JOSHUA Myers (Joshua)
November 2, 2020
Had to stop during the 1st episode. Why? Promotion of homosexuality, involving a gay kiss. Please don't watch this. Run don't walk.😤
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