Doctor Thorne: Season 1 (2016)


Critic Consensus: Doctor Thorne provides a good prescription for those going through Downton Abbey withdrawls.


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Air date: May 20, 2016
Air date: May 20, 2016
Air date: May 20, 2016

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Based upon Anthony Trollope's novel, this lavish drama follows Dr Thomas Thorne, and his charming niece Mary as she discovers a family secret that will change her life and the course of her love forever.


Tom Hollander
as Dr.Thomas Thorne
Stefanie Martini
as Mary Thorne
Richard McCabe
as Francis Gresham Senior
Rebecca Front
as Lady Arabella Gresham
Gwyneth Keyworth
as Augusta Gresham
Nell Barlow
as Beatrice Gresham
Harry Richardson
as Frank Gresham
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Critic Reviews for Doctor Thorne Season 1

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

Doctor Thorne is lively and satirical, with tongue-in-cheek humor throughout.

May 31, 2016 | Full Review…

The role of the Ugly American is played with such radiance by Community graduate Alison Brie that you'll pray she lives long enough to spend her golden years killing [Downton] Abbey's Dowager Countess with kindness.

May 20, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A perfectly serviceable, occasionally adorable, utterly predictable period drama.

May 20, 2016 | Full Review…
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Doctor Thorne... feels solidly competent rather than inspired.

Sep 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Hollander and Front aside, the acting was mostly inadequate, and when it wasn't inadequate it was out of control.

Aug 31, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Doctor Thorne was the ideal dose of predictable period drama. In fact, it almost felt like the antidote to the death, despair and desolation that came to characterise later series of Fellowes' own Downton Abbey.

May 3, 2017 | Full Review…

Sure, it's the usual standard period drama stuff - heirs, marriage matches, money and love played out in picturesque places. But it's nice enough.

Apr 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Think of Dr Thorne as a bite-sized Downton, designed not to be too filling and maybe this and other failings will not matter as much.

Jul 13, 2016 | Full Review…

The costumes, grand English estates, and of course, British accents, also make it a worthwhile watch for those who like period pieces from across the pond.

Jun 3, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

If you're still clutching your handkerchief and missing Downton Abbey, you could do worse than Doctor Thorne.

May 25, 2016 | Full Review…

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