Downton Abbey: Season 1, Episode 1

Episode #1.1 (9 Jan. 2011)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Drama, Romance
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.4/10 from 1,211 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 3 critic

April 1912:- The heir to the title of Earl of Grantham, long time inhabitant of Downton Abbey, perishes on the 'Titanic'. Robert, the benevolent current earl, owes his wealth to his ... See full summary »



(written and created by)
0Check in

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video


The 10 Most Immersive Worlds in Cinema

Highly immersive cinematic worlds can carry a movie, and we've rounded up the best of the best.

See the full list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 36 titles
created 24 Oct 2011
a list of 84 titles
created 12 Aug 2012
a list of 44 titles
created 05 Nov 2013
a list of 511 titles
created 9 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Episode #1.1" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Episode #1.1 (09 Jan 2011)

Episode #1.1 (09 Jan 2011) on IMDb 8.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Downton Abbey.
1 of 52 Episodes | Next Episode »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:


April 1912:- The heir to the title of Earl of Grantham, long time inhabitant 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 ... Written by don @ minifie-1

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

duke | male heir | limp | cane | dog | See All (35) »


Drama | Romance





Release Date:

9 January 2011 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See  »

Did You Know?


In the opening Mrs. Patmore tells William to take the "kedgeree" up to the dining room. A kedgeree is a dish of flaked fish, boiled rice, parsley and hard-boiled eggs. See more »


Matthew Crawley: It's from Lord Grantham.
Isobel Crawley: Really? What on earth does he want?
Matthew Crawley: He wants to change our lives.
See more »


References Upstairs, Downstairs: A Suitable Marriage (1971) See more »


Opening Theme (From Downton Abbey)
Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

4 October 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A terrific drama that explores the different and difficult relationships between the servants and the upper-classes. Julian takes care to make sure that the servants have just as an important part as their masters and balances it beautifully! There's treachery, love, and plenty more to look forward to. Julian shows us that there is more to a stately home than meets the eye, and pays careful attention to show that what you see on the outside is not necessarily what you get on the inside. There's plenty of conniving going on between Miss O'Brian and footman Thomas to make sure that you are never bored for a single second. So tear yourself away from the day to day life of the twenty-first century and plunge into the early twentieth, I promise you, you won't regret it!!!!!!

14 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Mary and the Wedding (Psssst, over here, Andorra) andriellerhillis
Anna & Bates sith_suzie
Love Interest for Tom sandora415
Poor Thomas foxy6715
Edith's Future sandora415
Cora being OOC Shaftell
Discuss Episode #1.1 (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page