Critic Consensus: Downton Abbey transcends its soapy plotting with witty dialogue, lavish costumes and sets, and an outstanding cast.
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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
as Violet Crawley
as Lord Grantham
as Lady Grantham
as Lady Mary
as Lady Sybil
as Lady Edith
as Kemal Pamuk
as Matthew Crawley
as Isobel Crawley
as John Bates
as Mrs Hughes
as Mrs Patmore
as Tom Branson
as Evelyn Napier
as Gwen Dawson
as William Mason
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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.
Watching Downton Abbey is like curling up with a really satisfying book.
Downton Abbey captures everything that viewers loved about Upstairs, Downstairs or Pride and Prejudice.
It will satisfy the commoner in all of us, and for the toffs, Downton Abbey is as bracing as a good day's hunting.
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.
One of the most interesting historical dramas I have ever seen. Truly interesting characters and worth watching.
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