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.
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.
as Lord Grantham
as Violet Crawley
as Lady Grantham
as Isobel Crawley
as Lady Mary
as Lady Edith
as Lady Sybil
as John Bates
as Mrs Hughes
as Mrs Patmore
as Tom Branson
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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.
It seems like the series is ready to reinvent itself. Perhaps not too much but enough to keep viewers tuning in.
Downton is back, and maybe it's all too familiar, but it's still a lot of fun.
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.
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.
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