Downton Abbey (2010– )

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


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Series cast summary:
 Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham / ... (47 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Lady Edith Crawley (47 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Charles Carson / ... (47 episodes, 2010-2015)
 John Bates (47 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Lady Mary Crawley (47 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Anna Bates / ... (47 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Thomas Barrow / ... (47 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Mrs. Hughes (47 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham / ... (47 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Daisy Mason / ... (47 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Mrs. Patmore (47 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham / ... (47 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Isobel Crawley (47 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Joseph Molesley / ... (41 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Tom Branson (41 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Dr. Clarkson (31 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Sarah O'Brien (25 episodes, 2010-2012)
 Matthew Crawley (25 episodes, 2010-2012)
 Lady Sybil Crawley / ... (20 episodes, 2010-2012)
 Lady Rose MacClare (20 episodes, 2012-2014)


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

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War changes everything


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9 January 2011 (USA)  »

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The real estate that "plays" Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, has been the home of the Carnarvon family since 1679. In 1922, George Herbert, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, co-discovered the Tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun. On the show, the names of the Earl of Grantham's beloved dogs, Isis and Pharaoh, are nods to the real castle's connection to Egyptian history. See more »


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 »


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Beautiful tale just before the world went to hell
26 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

At 19 minutes in I was hooked.

I remember when Lady Marjorie Bellamy of Upstairs, Downstairs died on the Titanic and the impact it had on my family. We felt this because of the investment we had made in the series.

This is a series where one can become just as addicted.

The lives and loves of the Grantham and the Crawly family are well-written and performed beautifully. The castle and the grounds a pleasure to look at, as are the costumes of the time.

As Elizabeth McGovern and I are equal in age, and I have grown up watching her on the silver screen, hers was a warming and dignified touchstone for me personally.

The cast couldn't be better suited for their roles, not one can be called a weak link.

Maggie Smith has a presences all her own, making each of her projects shine.

I am on episode four and can't wait for the remainder.

Once again our cousins across the pond show us "how good drama" can be.

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