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Downton Abbey: Season 2 (2012)



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


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Tv 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 … More

Genre: Drama
Network: PBS
Premiere Date: Jan 8, 2012
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Maggie Smith
as Violet Crawley
Hugh Bonneville
as Lord Grantham
Elizabeth McGovern
as Lady Grantham
Jim Carter
as Carson
Brendan Coyle
as John Bates
Dan Stevens (IV)
as Matthew Crawley
Penelope Wilton
as Isobel Crawley
Phyllis Logan
as Mrs Hughes
Lesley Nicol
as Mrs Patmore
Allen Leech
as Tom Branson
Amy Nuttall
as Ethel Parks
Zoe Boyle
as Lavinia Swire
Thomas Howes
as William Mason
Iain Glen
as Sir Richard Carlisle
Clare Calbraith
as Jane Moorsum
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Critic Reviews for Downton Abbey: Season 2

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (19)

Downton Abbey looks for all the world as though it's steaming steadily toward happy or at least contented endings for one and all. So be it -- and so it should be.

Full Review… | January 4, 2016
Uncle Barky
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 8, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 8, 2012
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 8, 2012
TV Guide

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

Full Review… | January 8, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 8, 2012
USA Today
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Downton Abbey: Season 2

Second season brings us to the war zone as many characters having to deal with lives during wartime.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

Great drama.

Wildaly M

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Noah Nemeroff
Noah Nemeroff

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