Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
A chronicle of the lives of the Crawley family and their servants, beginning in the years leading up to World War I.

Creator:

Reviews
Popularity
19 ( 4)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



6   5   4   3   2   1  
2016   2015   2014   2013   2012   2011  
Top Rated TV #94 | Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 47 wins & 177 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Outlander (TV Series 2014)
Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is... See full summary »

Stars: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies
Sherlock (TV Series 2010)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  

A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs
Orange Is the New Black (TV Series 2013)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money to her drug-dealing girlfriend.

Stars: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning
The Big Bang Theory (TV Series 2007)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory.

Stars: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco
Mad Men (2007–2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

A drama about one of New York's most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm's most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper.

Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser
Upstairs Downstairs (2010–2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A new family and their servants live at the London townhouse at 165 Eaton Place in 1936.

Stars: Keeley Hawes, Ed Stoppard, Adrian Scarborough
Homeland (TV Series 2011)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

When Marine Nicolas Brody is hailed as a hero after he returns home from eight years of captivity in Iraq, intelligence officer Carrie Mathison is the only one who suspects that he may have been turned.

Stars: Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend
Game of Thrones (TV Series 2011)
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  

While a civil war brews between several noble families in Westeros, the children of the former rulers of the land attempt to rise up to power. Meanwhile a forgotten race, bent on destruction, return after thousands of years in the North.

Stars: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington
Grey's Anatomy (TV Series 2005)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A drama centered on the personal and professional lives of five surgical interns and their supervisors.

Stars: Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson
House M.D. (2004–2012)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

An antisocial maverick doctor who specializes in diagnostic medicine does whatever it takes to solve puzzling cases that come his way using his crack team of doctors and his wits.

Stars: Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard
Modern Family (TV Series 2009)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Three different, but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways.

Stars: Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen
Mr Selfridge (TV Series 2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Centers on the real-life story of the flamboyant and visionary American founder of Selfridge's, London's department store.

Stars: Ron Cook, Amy Beth Hayes, Tom Goodman-Hill
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
...
 Lady Edith Crawley (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
...
 Charles Carson (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
...
 John Bates (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
...
 Lady Mary Crawley (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
...
 Anna Bates / ... (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
...
 Thomas Barrow (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
...
 Mrs. Hughes (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
...
 Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
...
 Daisy Mason / ... (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
...
 Mrs. Patmore (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
...
...
 Isobel Crawley (51 episodes, 2010-2015)
...
 Joseph Molesley (46 episodes, 2010-2015)
...
 Tom Branson (45 episodes, 2010-2015)
...
 Dr. Clarkson (34 episodes, 2010-2015)
...
 Sarah O'Brien (25 episodes, 2010-2012)
...
 Matthew Crawley (25 episodes, 2010-2012)
...
 Baxter (23 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Lady Rose MacClare (21 episodes, 2012-2015)
Edit

Storyline

Lord Grantham sees his family heritage, especially the grand country home Downton Abbey, as his mission in life. The death of his heir aboard the Titanic means distant cousin Matthew Crawley, a Manchester lawyer, suddenly is next in line and accepts moving onto the vast estate with his even more modernist, socially engaged mother, who clashes with his lordship's domineering, conservative mother, the dowager countess. Marrying off the daughters is another concern. Meanwhile, the butler presides over a staff which serves the family, but also lead most of their entire lives in the servants' quarters, intriguing amongst themselves. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

War changes everything

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 January 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Masterpiece Classic  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Cast members of the show have revealed that the costumes are, in many cases, actual articles of clothing from the 1910s and 1920s. They are so fragile that they cannot be laundered, and as a result, don't smell very good. See more »

Goofs

Although Robert and Cora Crawley both have blue eyes, their daughter, Mary, has brown eyes. This was thought biologically impossible in the Davenport Model (1907), although not very common, two blue-eyed parents can produce children with brown eyes. Eye color is a complex trait that depends on the state of several interacting genes. The gene that usually decides the issue (blue eyes or brown eyes) is the OCA2 gene on chromosome 15. But it comes in different strengths. A person with a weak form of the OCA2 gene will have blue eyes. Likewise a person with a strong form will have brown eyes, but individuals also have other eye-color genes that each has a say in the final eye-color outcome. For example, if one of these lesser genes is strong, it can make the weak form (blue) of OCA2 work much more effectively - almost like the strong form (brown). Then the eye color may be brown. In fact, the resulting color can be any shade of brown, hazel, green or blue depending on the interactions. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Million Dollar American Princesses: Movers & Shakers (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

O Mio Babbino Caro
(uncredited)
Written by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Kiri Te Kanawa
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Beautifully produced, and for me one of the better programmes airing this year
7 November 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have to say I loved Downton Abbey, and thought it was one of the better programmes airing this year along with Luther, Sherlock and the stunning Channel 4 drama Mo. Downton Abbey was beautifully produced, well cast and interesting, when it was first advertised it looked as though ITV had a hit and from the first episode I think Downton Abbey lived up to that expectation.

I for one loved how elegant Downton Abbey was. The photography was beautiful and skillful, while the scenery was breathtaking and the costumes were exquisite. The scoring was also very good, often very hypnotic and beautiful. The direction was controlled, the episodes were well paced and for me the characters were believable my favourites being Violet and Robert.

The writing in general was another strength. It was witty in a subtle way, is often funny and could be heart warming and poignant too, the best coming from Violet and Mrs Hughes I felt. The only bit of dialogue that rang false, and this is such a minor criticism, is Robert's "Downton is my third parent and my fourth child" which came across as somewhat cheesy. And the stories were well written and as believable as the characters, not to mention pretty original.

And of course the acting was excellent. Maggie Smith was perfect as Violet. She plays this sort of character well, and she had such good timing and dialogue. Plus I love her in costume. Hugh Bonneville was dashing, and I cannot get over how beautiful Michelle Dockery was here. Jessica Brown-Findlay was also fine as another of my favourite characters Lady Sybil, and Phyllis Logan was always good value though I would love to see more of her if and when the series returns.

In conclusion, Downton Abbey was a wonderful series thanks to the great cast and production values especially and I cannot wait to see more. 10/10 Bethany Cox


128 of 157 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Picture of Thomas Looking Sad nutbean
Mary + Edith sibling rivalry gracecox1
Why does Barrow have to leave? jane_nunya
If You Could Bring Back One Character dustnik2
Oh my god, Tom, when did you become a Mary hag? baronvonliebestraum
the car racing mhansen-25806
Discuss Downton Abbey (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page