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Downton Abbey: Season 1 (2010)




Critic Consensus: Downton Abbey transcends its soapy plotting with witty dialogue, lavish costumes and sets, and an outstanding cast.


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Air date: Oct 3, 2010
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Air date: Oct 24, 2010
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The acclaimed costume drama opens in 1912 with the sinking of the Titanic, which punctures the succession plans of Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville), the Earl of Grantham?his title and estate are legally entailed to only pass to a male, and he and his wife Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) have only produced daughters Mary ( Michelle Dockery) , Edith ( Laura Carmichael) and Sybil ( Jessica Brown Findlay). Mary, the eldest, had been slated to marry a distant cousin who was aboard the doomed ship with his … More

Genre: Drama
Network: PBS
Premiere Date: Oct 3, 2010
Executive Producers: , ,
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Maggie Smith
as Violet Crawley
Hugh Bonneville
as Lord Grantham
Elizabeth McGovern
as Lady Grantham
Theo James
as Kemal Pamuk
Dan Stevens (IV)
as Matthew Crawley
Penelope Wilton
as Isobel Crawley
Jim Carter
as Carson
Brendan Coyle
as John Bates
Phyllis Logan
as Mrs Hughes
Lesley Nicol
as Mrs Patmore
Allen Leech
as Tom Branson
Brendan Patricks
as Evelyn Napier
Rose Leslie
as Gwen Dawson
Thomas Howes
as William Mason
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Critic Reviews for Downton Abbey: Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (13)

The superb cast manages to rise above the often-terrible writing, though sometimes you can almost catch them wincing as they deliver the truly awful lines.

Full Review… | September 26, 2010
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Watching Downton Abbey is like curling up with a really satisfying book.

Full Review… | September 26, 2010
TV Guide

It's simply delicious fun.

Full Review… | September 26, 2010
Philadelphia Daily News

Downton Abbey captures everything that viewers loved about Upstairs, Downstairs or Pride and Prejudice.

Full Review… | September 26, 2010
New York Daily News
Top Critic

It will satisfy the commoner in all of us, and for the toffs, Downton Abbey is as bracing as a good day's hunting.

Full Review… | September 26, 2010
Top Critic

Watching Downton Abbey, is a bit like buying a trunk at Restoration Hardware. Both are copies, of course, but so shrewdly and exactingly recreated that they are almost as gratifying as the original.

Full Review… | September 26, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Downton Abbey: Season 1


The best period drama on TV began with an interesting set of lovable characters and feel-good writing.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer


One of the most interesting historical dramas I have ever seen. Truly interesting characters and worth watching.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


Noah Nemeroff
Noah Nemeroff

Super Reviewer

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