8.5
7,381 votes
Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey

PBS 2010

Downton Abbey depicts 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 Worst Episodes of Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey - S6E2

#1 - Episode 2

7.76

Season 6 - Episode 2

Lady Mary's meddling gets Mr Carson into trouble with Mrs Hughes. Cora and Violet lock horns over the hospital takeover plans. Robert has a tough decision to make.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Downton Abbey from 1436 votes.

Downton Abbey - S5E4

#2 - Episode 4

7.86

Season 5 - Episode 4

Sarah Bunting continues to cause waves above stairs, but this time she may have gone too far. On returning to Downton, Thomas suffers an inexplicable illness and Baxter suspects there’s more to it than he’s letting on. Violet reveals to Isobel the surprising truth of her past with Prince Kuragin. Mary comes to a decision concerning Lord Gillingham, but things don’t go quite as planned. When Rose’s father returns to Downton, he breaks news that will shock the whole family.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Downton Abbey from 1079 votes.

Downton Abbey - S6E6

#3 - Episode 6

7.90

Season 6 - Episode 6

The house is made open to the public to raise money for the hospital, an act that divides opinions among the family and the servants. Tensions between Violet and Cora come to a head as a decision is made about the hospital takeover, Mr Dawes has a proposition for Molesley, and Baxter is thrown into turmoil by an unexpected letter. Carson is not happy with Thomas, while Mary and Edith hope to overcome their past and find new happiness with the men in their lives.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Downton Abbey from 1410 votes.

Downton Abbey - S6E1

#4 - Episode 1

7.90

Season 6 - Episode 1

It is now 1925, when secrets and rifts threaten the unity of the family, while those below stairs are faced with social changes.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Downton Abbey from 1490 votes.

Downton Abbey - S6E4

#5 - Episode 4

7.91

Season 6 - Episode 4

As Tom and Sybbie settle back into life at Downton, the family and servants are surprised by the return of another old friend in unexpected circumstances.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Downton Abbey from 1461 votes.

Downton Abbey - S4E4

#6 - Episode 4

7.91

Season 4 - Episode 4

Amid the fallout from the eventful house party, Mary faces a pressing question about her future. Carson reveals surprisingly intimate details of his former life, and a trip to the bright lights of London sees Rose put the reputation of the Crawleys in jeopardy.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Downton Abbey from 1150 votes.

Downton Abbey - S5E5

#7 - Episode 5

7.92

Season 5 - Episode 5

Simon Bricker returns to Downton to discuss the painting with Cora. Branson makes a difficult decision about Sarah Bunting. Rose encounters a handsome stranger. Determined to stop Isobel making the wrong decision about Lord Merton, Violet enlists the help of Doctor Clarkson. Charles Blake surprises Mary with a cunning plan to help her get exactly what she wants. Mrs Patmore seeks Carson's advice on a financial matter. Inspector Vyner returns with some ominous words of warning for Anna.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Downton Abbey from 1065 votes.

Downton Abbey - S5E2

#8 - Episode 2

7.93

Season 5 - Episode 2

With the house recovering from the night’s dramatic events, Robert is faced with a very difficult decision. As Daisy continues to struggle with her studies, Mrs Patmore has an idea which might solve everything. Thomas has it in for Baxter. As Rose tries to convince Robert of the virtues of a wireless at Downton, Lord Merton continues his hot pursuit of Isobel. When Mary puts her reputation on the line, Anna is made a reluctant accomplice.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Downton Abbey from 1149 votes.

Downton Abbey - S5E6

#9 - Episode 6

7.94

Season 5 - Episode 6

Relations between Robert and Cora continue to be strained. Blake's scheming starts to come to fruition when Mary is unexpectedly pitted against her love rival. Edith receives some terrible news and decides to take drastic action. Following a mysterious tip off, Baxter becomes embroiled in the investigation of Green's death. Thomas' condition deteriorates, prompting him to finally reveal the truth to Baxter. Love is in the air for more than one member of the Crawley family.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Downton Abbey from 1074 votes.

Downton Abbey - S4E2

#10 - Episode 2

7.99

Season 4 - Episode 2

Mary starts to get over the grief she is feeling, and takes an interest in the running of the estate. Lady Rose MacClare, Lady Flintshire's daughter, ends up in a predicament at a tea dance in York. Hughes attempts to convince Carson to heal an old wound.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Downton Abbey from 1180 votes.

Downton Abbey - S5E3
#11 - Episode 3
7.99
Season 5 - Episode 3

Mary's secret assignation is very nearly blown, but Violet's quick thinking saves the day. Robert is left red faced and furious when things do not go as planned. The events surrounding Green's death come under scrutiny once again. Mrs Patmore is devastated when old wounds are reopened but Carson is unsympathetic. Branson receives an interesting proposition concerning the future of the Downton estate. A figure from Violet's distant past suggests she has buried secrets of her own.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Downton Abbey from 1089 votes.

Downton Abbey - S4E3
#12 - Episode 3
8.00
Season 4 - Episode 3

An extravagant house party at the Abbey gives the Crawleys a chance to reconnect with old friends. But some guests prove more welcome than others, and along with the celebrations come skulduggery and heartache.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Downton Abbey from 1191 votes.

Downton Abbey - S3E2
#13 - Episode 2
8.01
Season 3 - Episode 2

Hoping for a bailout from her American grandmother, Mary makes sure Downton puts on a bigger show than ever before. Mrs Hughes gets worrisome news. Thomas disapproves of O'Brien's attempts to boost Alfred's progress.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Downton Abbey from 1042 votes.

Downton Abbey - S6E3
#14 - Episode 3
8.01
Season 6 - Episode 3

Preparations for the wedding of Mr Carson and Mrs Hughes are under way. Edith meets up with an old acquaintance. Spratt has something to hide.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Downton Abbey from 1485 votes.

Downton Abbey - S6E7
#15 - Episode 7
8.01
Season 6 - Episode 7

The Crawleys watch Henry compete in a motor racing event, an occasion that leaves Mary reeling. Violet hatches a plan which surprises the family and delights Miss Denker, and learns more about Amelia's intentions in befriending Isobel. Molesley and Daisy rise to the challenges of examination day, Andy's secret is brought to light, Thomas feels isolated, and Mrs Patmore and Mrs Hughes teach Carson a lesson.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Downton Abbey from 1426 votes.

Downton Abbey - S3E4
#16 - Episode 4
8.01
Season 3 - Episode 4

Branson's political views land him in hot water and Sybil's loyalty is tested to the limit. Ethel is torn between head and heart as she makes a decision about her son's future.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Downton Abbey from 1003 votes.

Downton Abbey - S5E1
#17 - Episode 1
8.02
Season 5 - Episode 1

The story moves on to 1924, when the first ever Labour government heralds a sea change that is felt throughout the nation - nowhere more so than at Downton. A suggested plan for a war memorial unexpectedly pits Carson against Robert and Mrs Hughes. Young Jimmy the footman is the object of some unwanted female attention. Thomas gives Baxter an ultimatum. Branson's growing friendship with someone Robert considers quite unsuitable causes concern. After the tragedy she has been through, Lady Mary now seems ready to find love once more. Cracks appear in Edith and Tim Drewe's special arrangement as she struggles to keep her emotions in check - something which may have disastrous consequences for the entire household.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Downton Abbey from 1224 votes.

Downton Abbey - S5E7
#18 - Episode 7
8.02
Season 5 - Episode 7

Rosamund shows up at Downton following Edith's surprise departure. Rose is pleased to introduce Atticus and his parents to everyone. Anna and Bates think about a fresh start, now that that their problems seem to be behind them. Molesley is worried after Daisy becoming disillusioned with her studies. Mary and Blake seize a chance to send Gillingham a strong message.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Downton Abbey from 1110 votes.

Downton Abbey - S1E1
#19 - Episode 1
8.03
Season 1 - Episode 1

April 1912:- The heir to the title of Earl of Grantham,long time inhabitants of Downton Abbey,perishes on the 'Titanic'. Robert,the benevolent current earl,owes his wealth to his American wife Cora but they have only three daughters,who cannot inherit by law,so another heir must be found by marrying off Mary,the eldest girl. The Duke of Crowborough is a possibility but he is a closet gay who only has eyes for Thomas,the handsome but obnoxious footman,and soon departs. Robert's mother,the dowager,and Cora decide that the next best candidate is Matthew Crawley,a distant cousin,but Cora knows that the spirited Mary will not be happy with their choice. Downstairs there is also unrest as Thomas is passed over for promotion to valet in favour of Robert's batman from the Boer War,John Bates,who now limps due to a war wound. Along with Cora's maid Miss O'Brien, Thomas schemes to discredit Bates in the eyes of butler Carson and forces his resignation but Robert intervenes and keeps him on.Thomas vents his anger on second footman William but he has an ally in the sensible housekeeper Mrs. Hughes.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Downton Abbey from 1608 votes.

Downton Abbey - S6E5
#20 - Episode 5
8.04
Season 6 - Episode 5

Neville Chamberlain visits Downton for dinner, and is drawn into Violet's plan to save the hospital, with distressing consequences for everyone. Andy finds an unexpected confidante while helping Mr Mason move into Yew Tree Farm, Mary is uncertain if she has met her match, Edith meets Bertie Pelham in London, and Spratt comes to Denker's aid. Mrs Hughes struggles to keep Carson happy, while Mary thinks secrets are being kept from her.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Downton Abbey from 1418 votes.

Last updated: apr 18, 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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