8.5
7,509 votes
Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey

PBS 2010

A chronicle of the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era—with great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey - S1E7

#1 - Episode 7

8.39

Season 1 - Episode 7

July 1914. In London former suitor Evelyn Napier assures Lady Mary that it was Edith, not he,who spread gossip about her and Kemal. Mary counters by wrecking her sister's marriage plans with Sir Anthony. Robert is reluctant to dismiss John even though O'Brien and Thomas have obtained a letter claiming that he stole from a previous employer. Anna accompanies Mrs. Patmore to London for eye tests,resulting in corrective surgery and whilst there,discovers that John took the blame for the theft for his ex-wife Vera, a fact which Robert is pleased to hear. Thomas, fed up at his failure to get John sacked,and sensing war on the way,joins the Army Medical Corps whilst Sybil finally gets Gwen her secretarial post. Cora is pregnant, a fact which puts the proposed marriage between Mary and Matthew in doubt, should the baby be a son and heir. However,thanks to O'Brien leaving a bar of soap on the floor, Cora slips and miscarries. All the staff except O'Brien cheer William on as he beats Thomas up for his unfeeling remarks on the loss. Matthew nonetheless feels that the engagement was only an act of pragmatism likely to be altered if an heir had been born and decides to leave Downton Abbey. But everybody's news is overshadowed as they hear that,as expected,Britain is at war with Germany.

The episode was rated from 1096 votes.

Downton Abbey - S2E8

#2 - Episode 8

8.33

Season 2 - Episode 8

As preparations are underway for Matthew and Lavinia's wedding, Lady Sybil's attempt to inform her parents of her wish to marry Branson is unsurprisingly met with shock and horror. Robert is violently opposed to the idea but his threats of social disgrace and disinheritance do not dissuade Sybil leading him to try buying off Branson but Branson's intentions are honourable and he refuses. Lady Grantham, Carson and Lavinia are taken ill by the Spanish flu. Thomas' black market venture was a spectacular failure, leaving him penniless and without a job but Carson's illness gives him a chance to become useful in the house. While Lavinia is resting upstairs, Matthew finds himself alone with Mary and tells her what Violet said to him: that he should marry her. Both of them acknowledge he could not as it would be terribly cruel to Lavinia. However, they then kiss just as Lavinia is coming down the stairs. When her illness delays the wedding, Lavinia tells Matthew that she heard and saw everything. She feels they should end their engagement but Matthew refuses. Fearing the outcome of Lavinia’s illness with regard to Matthew and Mary, Richard Carlisle comes to Downton. Daisy is distressed by William’s father’s request to visit him. Ethel is surprised to learn that Major Bryant’s parents want to see her but his father wants to take her child away permanently. Eventually she determines not to let him go as a mother's love is more important than a wealthy upbringing. Robert finds himself unable to control his desire for Jane, who willingly responds. However, their night-time encounter is interrupted and remains unconsummated; and Jane decides to leave. With the possibility of more trouble regarding Vera's death, Anna insists that she and Bates should marry that she may be able to support him through his difficulties as his wife. They marry in secret, with Lady Mary's permission and she arranges for them to spend their wedding night in a guest room. Cora becomes seriously

The episode was rated from 1040 votes.

Downton Abbey - S3E5

#3 - Episode 5

8.29

Season 3 - Episode 5

An exciting offer for Edith divides opinion. Isobel throws Ethel a lifeline. New maid Ivy is attracting attention below stairs, and Alfred's interest is resented by Daisy.

The episode was rated from 1041 votes.

Downton Abbey - S2E1

#4 - Episode 1

8.26

Season 2 - Episode 1

Set in November 1916, the episode begins with the arrival of Ethel, a new housemaid, and the first appearance of John Bates' wife. With Matthew and Thomas fighting in France, those left behind at Downton organise a benefit concert to help fund the local hospital. Lady Mary receives shocking news. Branson reveals his feelings to Sybil who wants to train as a nurse

The episode was rated from 1143 votes.

Downton Abbey - S3E8

#5 - Episode 8

8.24

Season 3 - Episode 8

There's excitement in the house and village as the annual 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.

The episode was rated from 1045 votes.

Downton Abbey - S3E1
#6 - Episode 1
8.24
Season 3 - Episode 1

Cora’s mother arrives for Matthew and Mary’s wedding. New footman Alfred strives to meet Carson’s high standards, under the watchful eye of his aunt O’Brien.

The episode was rated from 1088 votes.
Downton Abbey - S6E8
#7 - Episode 8
8.21
Season 6 - Episode 8

Bertie's circumstances change suddenly, leaving Edith uncertain whether to risk telling him the truth or keep her past a secret at all costs. Mary wonders if she can ever make peace with her sister as hostilities escalate, Spratt shows some hidden talents and Molesley's first day as a teacher does not go according to plan. Mrs Patmore's bed and breakfast attracts unwanted attention, leaving her in need of the Crawleys' help.

The episode was rated from 1558 votes.
Downton Abbey - S1E5
#8 - Episode 5
8.21
Season 1 - Episode 5

August 1913. O'Brien and Thomas continue to spread their malice,ensuring that Lady Edith learns from Daisy where Kemal died and attempting to frame John Bates for the theft of a snuff-box though Anna,clearly fond of John,ensures the plan backfires on them. Thomas's gossip also discredits Lady Mary's eligibility as a bride and the family must entertain the middle-aged Sir Anthony Strallen as a prospective husband. Mary is bored by him and it brings her closer to Matthew but Edith seems genuinely interested in him. Mrs. Patmore,the cook,must accept that her eye-sight is failing and Lady Sybil continues to encourage Gwen in her secretarial applications whilst Isobel actually teaches Lady Violet some altruism at the annual produce show.

The episode was rated from 1090 votes.
Downton Abbey - S5E8
#9 - Episode 8
8.21
Season 5 - Episode 8

Preparations are under way for Rose's wedding, but family tensions on both sides threaten to derail proceedings. Edith's arrangement with Marigold is happily working out, but how long can she and Cora conceal the truth from Robert? Denker reveals an unexpected side to her personality, which causes trouble for more than one of the servants. With the war memorial due to be unveiled, Mrs Patmore is still upset, but Robert has something up his sleeve. Branson comes to a heart-wrenching decision, and the storm clouds that have been gathering over Anna and Bates finally burst.

The episode was rated from 1097 votes.
Downton Abbey - S2E5
#10 - Episode 5
8.20
Season 2 - Episode 5

Set in mid 1918. 16 October 2011 Set in mid 1918. Robert receives some shocking news from the front. William has sustained serious damage to his lungs and is unable to recover, prompting him to ask Daisy to marry him before he dies. Meanwhile, Matthew has suffered damage to his spinal cord, causing him to lose mobility and feeling in his legs. Worse still, he subsequently learns that his injuries have made him impotent. Lavinia insists that this changes nothing and that she is not concerned about having a sexual relationship and children but only wants to care for him. However Matthew tells her to leave and forget him, while Mary attempts to nurse him back to health. Despite not truly loving William, Daisy is pushed into marrying him by Mrs Patmore, who wants William to die happy, and by William's wishes that Daisy is left with a widow's pension so that she can be looked after. They marry while William is bed-ridden, surrounded by the other staff, Edith and the Dowager Countess. William dies in his sleep, not long after, with Daisy by his side. Bates is taken aback when Vera threatens to expose old secrets about Mary and Pamuk's death. When Mary discovers this, she confesses everything to Richard Carlisle and asks him to help. While he accepts, he does so expecting her to marry him, as she is now in his debt, even going as far to announce their engagement in the newspaper without informing her, leaving Mary in a difficult position. Carlisle tricks Vera into signing a contract, preventing her from selling the story to anyone else, but on finding out she warns Bates that she will still bring him down. A new maid, Jane is hired

The episode was rated from 1054 votes.

Last updated: jul 30, 2021

Comments

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I can't believe I've had this show in my library for more than a year and I've only recently started watching it... One of my biggest mistake regarding tv shows... This show is just amazing! You just care about all the characters, nothing is black and white, a character you hate one instant can become your favorite in an episode time, you can go from laughter to tears in a matter of minutes. The stories are so well written they just seem so real. And the actors are just perfect. I don't think there is one I don't like, not event one with room for improvement. This is one of the best casting I've seen in a lot of time. Everyone should just watch it, it is one of the best show I've ever seen and I've seen a lot of them. And I'm normally not a big fan of tv shows set in the past. It's really hard after watching it to go back to newer and lighter shows. They just seem dull...

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A surprisingly gripping show. Highly recommended.

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I enjoyed the first season, but after that it turned into a mediocre primetime soap... lost interest early on in season 2. As the show aired on public television in the states, I found the implied quality rather humorous. Fine if you like it, but watching it doesn't exactly impart an air of sophistication. For those who enjoyed this series, take a peek at Australia's "A Place to Call Home", orgasmic by comparison. Downton is TV melodrama, nothing more... nothing less -- "A Place to Call Home" is genre-similar, knows what it is and does it so much better ;-) A Place to Call Home: https://trakt.tv/shows/a-place-to-call-home

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Seems slow at first but you get hooked to it once you catch the drift. Easy-to-relate-to characters and realistic story lines coupled with excellent videography can make all the difference. Who knew? Fun fact that I'm pretty sure everyone knows: In Iron Man 3, it is revealed that Happy enjoys Downton Abbey. They even show a scene from it towards the end.

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One of a kind as a show. Although I am British I despise the class system but this show depicts the royalty through WWI and its aftermath beautifully. Feminism and job opportunities for all dominate this show as ideas for the characters. Great acting especially from Mr. Carson, costumes, shooting locations north in Yorkshire and overall a great series. Still, there are some boring episodes and that is the reason I give it a 9.

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Thomas Barrow is the best part of this show.

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Arghh s3e1 isnt until September 23rd!!!

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Actually I found the last three seasons more interesting and funny_unlike most people_ than the earlier ones.

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the british aristocratic culture. no wonder why some pedantic guy always love it. 英式貴族文化,優雅主婦,自鳴得意,美化咗的,紅樓夢般,難怪陶傑like 第二季編劇實在太頹廢了,基本上隨便把配角弄死,然便把主角美化,再狗血地離離合合而已

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I've been wanting to watch this series since its debut, but somehow it's always eluded me when looking for something to watch. I completely binge-watched the whole series over the holidays and, I almost want to do it again, I liked it so much. I didn't think I was going to continue watching it, from the first episode but gave it a chance, then I couldn't STOP watching it. I enjoyed the character development throughout the series. I was amazed at how interested I was in each story of each character. It was very engaging for me. Another brilliant anthology series from Masterpiece Theater. A real treat from the usual drudgery of today's lineups in the US. If you like period dramas, this might be for you, was definitely worth it for me.

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