Downton Abbey: Season 5 (2014)



Critic Consensus: Though it's becoming increasingly soapy, Downton Abbey is still a beautiful show whose characters confront the ever-modernizing world with wit and style.


Air date: Jan 4, 2015
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Season Info

Season 5 continues the period drama set in the 1920s and sees the addition of new cast members Richard E. Grant and Anna Chancellor. The 1924 general election brings a new Labour goverment in to power and the building of a war memorial is planned with Carson at the head of the committee. Further storylines include Edith's pregnancy and the consequences of Rose and Jack's broken engagement.

Genre: Drama
Network: PBS
Premiere Date: Jan 4, 2015
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Hugh Bonneville
Hugh Bonneville
as Lord Grantham
Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
as Violet Crawley
Elizabeth McGovern
Elizabeth McGovern
as Lady Grantham
Penelope Wilton
Penelope Wilton
as Isobel Crawley
Laura Carmichael
Laura Carmichael
as Lady Edith
Jim Carter
Jim Carter
as Carson
Brendan Coyle
Brendan Coyle
as John Bates
Phyllis Logan
Phyllis Logan
as Mrs Hughes
Lesley Nicol
Lesley Nicol
as Mrs Patmore
Allen Leech
Allen Leech
as Tom Branson
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Critic Reviews for Downton Abbey: Season 5

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (17)

I'm here to tell you you're in for a devil of a good old time, because bad new times await the Crawley clan.

Full Review… | March 12, 2015

It seems like the series is ready to reinvent itself. Perhaps not too much but enough to keep viewers tuning in.

Full Review… | February 26, 2015
Los Angeles Daily News

Downton is back, and maybe it's all too familiar, but it's still a lot of fun.

Full Review… | February 2, 2015
Paste Magazine

Season five looks and feels as smart and enticing as Downton always has -- until we get to a couple of these extended scenes with Ms. Smith and Ms. Wilton at their peak, at which point the show feels a great deal better than that.

Full Review… | January 9, 2015
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

There has always been something delightfully passive about watching Downton Abbey, and there still is. The difference is that the clocks are ticking just a little more loudly now as everyone in the castle marks time.

Full Review… | January 7, 2015
Washington Post
Top Critic

After some awkward aspects to season four, the new year returns exploring many of the same issues while adding wrinkles to old ones, as Julian Fellowes continues to masterfully juggle a vast assortment of players upstairs and downstairs.

Full Review… | January 7, 2015
Top Critic

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