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Downton Abbey: Season 2 (2011)

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Average Rating: 8.8/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 0

With its excellent cast and resplendent period trappings, Downton Abbey continues to weave a bewitching, ingratiating spell.

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Average Rating: 9.4/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 0

With its excellent cast and resplendent period trappings, Downton Abbey continues to weave a bewitching, ingratiating spell.

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Season Info

Season 2 of the costume drama opens during World War I with Matthew (Dan Stevens) and Thomas (Rob James-Collier) stuck in the trenches in France; and Sir Robert (Hugh Bonneville) and William (Thomas Howe) longing to join the action, though only William eventually does?but not before asking Daisy (Sophie McShera) to marry him. The war theme continues through the season, as Isobel (Penelope Wilton) convinces the family to turn the estate into a convalescent center for wounded soldiers . T he

Genre: Drama

Network: PBS

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Episodes

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Air date: Apr 7, 2013

Episode One

The acclaimed period drama returns for a second series. It is now 1916 and the family and servants are preparing the house for a benefits concert in aid of the local hospital. New housemaid Ethel has replaced Gwen but she soon has everyone's backs up - and O'Brien plays a cruel trick on her. Robert is now Lord Lieutenant of the County but is disappointed by not being at the front. William and Branson are accosted by a group of women and presented with white feathers for not being in uniform. Matthew is in France and surprises everyone when he returns on leave with his new fiancee. Sybil hopes to help the war effort by enrolling as a nurse. When Bates's wife appears, it becomes clear that her motive is blackmail - and Anna is left distraught. Violet admits that she asked Dr Clarkson to keep William and Molesley out of the army. Back in the trenches Matthew runs into Thomas. But Thomas is traumatised by his experiences and resorts to desperate measures to get his ticket back to Downton.

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Air date: Apr 14, 2013

Episode Two

Carson strives to keep standards high with disastrous personal consequences. Lady Rosamund is eager to unearth Lavinia and Carlisle's secret. The death of a wounded officer motivates Isobel and Sybil to see Downton in a different light. Shell-shocked new valet, Lang arrives as William gets his call up papers and is love in the air for both Edith and Mary?

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Air date: Oct 2, 2011

Episode Three

Downton is turned upside down with the arrival of the wounded officers. Branson intends to make General Strutt's visit a day no one will forget. William's return results in an awkward surprise for Daisy. Could there be skeletons in Lavinia's closet and is Bates back in Downton?

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Air date: Oct 9, 2011

Episode Four

While a concert is being planned to cheer up the soldiers recovering their health at Downton, members of the family are trying to overcome several personal issues. Isobel and Cora cannot see eye to eye on how things should be done and Mary is determined to forget Matthew and get on with the rest of her life. Meanwhile, Thomas makes life extremely difficult for poor Carson, who is used to having things done his way and not being upstaged by a former footman. There are also problems for Daisy when William does not arrive for a pre-arranged visit and Mrs. Hughes, who receives a great shock.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2011

Episode Five

Robert receives some shocking news from the front. Daisy's relationship with William moves faster than she would like. Bates is taken aback when Vera threatens to expose old secrets which could bring down the Crawleys. Mary is the only one who can protect the family, but she pays a high price when she turns to Carlisle for help.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2011

Episode Six

"Downton Abbey" continues with the Spanish flu sweeping through the household and infecting Cora, Lavinia and Mr. Carson, among others. Mary, Sybil and Robert, meanwhile, each face a moment of truth; and Anna and Mr. Bates experience a moment of happiness.

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Air date: Jun 19, 2012

Episode Seven

As the storms of war clear, will life at Downton ever be the same again? A new development stuns the family. How long can Sybil and Branson keep their secret? Carlisle puts Anna in a difficult position. Bates is left reeling from the news about Vera. Thomas embarks on a new money-making scheme.

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Air date: Jun 26, 2012

Episode Eight

With the wedding approaching there is excitement in the air, but will Branson's plans rattle everyone? Spanish flu reaches Downton and a desperate Thomas looks for a way to re-establish himself. Ethel faces a dilemma when the Bryants return with a heartbreaking proposition. A decisive Anna forces Bates to think about their future.

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Air date: Dec 25, 2011

Christmas Special

Christmas 1919. Downton Abbey is hosting a lavish Christmas party, yet despite it being the season of goodwill, tensions are rife and Bates's arrest has cast a shadow over the festivities. Will he be a condemned man or will he be found innocent in time to dance with his new wife at the annual servants' ball? Mary has to consider her future with Sir Richard Carlisle following a contretemps at the shooting party and Violet has concerns about Rosamund, whose new suitor - the dashing but raffish Lord Hepworth - is not all he seems.

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (0)

Viewers are likely to be reaching for the tissue box more often on this go 'round.

January 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

The good news is that the indomitable Maggie Smith is back as the dowager countess, who not only gets all the best lines, but also knows what to do with them.

January 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

For those of us who hungered for a year to witness these new chapters, the appetite is insatiable

January 8, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

The show gets things right more often than it gets them wrong, especially as various story lines knit themselves together over the course of the season.

January 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

Much grimmer, grayer and (gasp) dowdier. Still mostly wonderful.

January 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

The two Downton seasons so far provide an engrossing escape to an age on the verge of technological and social change.

January 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post

Downton Abbey is still a fine, handsome entertainment, and if you inherently like this sort of thing more than I ever will, I imagine you'll be very happy to return there for the new season.

January 8, 2012 Full Review Source: HitFix

It is both an absorbing costume drama and an intriguing story of reality intruding on a fantastic way of life.

January 8, 2012 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

Those Downton fans who waited impatiently for season two will be more than amply rewarded.

January 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal

Written with sterling wit and a flair for declaratives, it's easy to imagine that Downton Abbey is some sort of sly critique of aristocracy, satire of the new gilded age, or brave examination of conscience and class.

January 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Downton Abbey was the best TV show of 2011 and give or take Mad Men it could also be the best show of 2012.

January 8, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

The new series vibrates excitingly on many frequencies, but it specially resonates as a rare hybrid of domestic drama and shelter porn.

January 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Slate

This time around, the series comes off as a shameless throwback to itself.

January 8, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

This Downton Abbey frequently works, as the first one did, as a peppery little trifle. Except now it's a big trifle.

January 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

The series seamlessly moves between the horrors of war and the gentility of life in the show's titular 100-room manor.

January 8, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post

One of the great melodramas of the modern television age.

January 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

Watching Downton Abbey remains a treat worthy of blankets and biscuits and rapt adoration. Its shortcomings merely take away some of the polish.

January 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

There's no denying the show has aspirational fantasy as its hook: I've even heard the Crawleys compared to the Kardashians. But I prefer to think of Downton as an experimental take on Fiddler on the Roof.

January 8, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker

The show, which shifts shape between comedy and drama, is less about the sensational moment than about the texture of the relationships.

January 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

The first two or three episodes of the new season are magnificent and even better than all of the first year of the Emmy-winning show

January 8, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

We are again cosseted in the warm glow of incredible talent impeccably used, on display in its gem-studded cast, gorgeous sets and costumes, and often moving, always unobtrusively witty script.

January 8, 2012 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

This is a production that reminds people of the rarefied air PBS can occupy,creating a stately showcase for elegant and (let's face it) older-skewing material.

January 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

The TV equivalent of a deep-fried, double-stuffed Oreo cookie: so artificial, so ridiculous, but also so delicious.

January 8, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Audience Reviews for Downton Abbey: Season 2

Great drama.
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