Downton Abbey: Season 3 - Rotten Tomatoes

Downton Abbey: Season 3 (2012)




Critic Consensus: In its third season, Downton Abbey remains a gripping, fascinating look at 1920s England, though its melodramatic plotting occasionally veers into less satisfying territory.


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The Great War is over and a long-awaited engagement is on, but all is not tranquil at Downton Abbey as wrenching social changes, romantic intrigues, and personal crises grip the majestic English country estate for a third thrilling season. Downton's impeccable butler, Carson (Jim Carter), breaks in a new footman, who happens to be the nephew of the scheming lady's maid O'Brien (Siobhan Finneran). Following Matthew and Mary's engagement, Robert sticks to his duty to maintain Downton more firmly … More

Genre: Drama
Network: PBS
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Hugh Bonneville
as Lord Grantham
Maggie Smith
as Violet Crawley
Elizabeth McGovern
as Lady Grantham
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
Lily James
as Lady Rose MacClare
Ed Speleers
as Jimmy Kent
Allen Leech
as Tom Branson
Robert Bathurst
as Sir Anthony Strallan
Shirley MacLaine
as Martha Levinson
Amy Nuttall
as Ethel Parks
David Robb
as Dr Clarkson
Kevin Doyle
as Joseph Molesley
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Critic Reviews for Downton Abbey: Season 3

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (22)

In the gentle, genteel hands of creator Julian Fellowes, the British smash remains delicious status-porn for restive commoners eager to lose themselves in the warm embrace of empire.

Full Review… | September 16, 2013
Top Critic

Shorn of sex scandals and fraudulent amnesiac heirs, Downton this season has lacked the soapy suspense that used to power it. What remains is essentially conservative: The future will revolve around preserving things, and Downton in particular.

Full Review… | February 16, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

Engrossing from its first frames.

Full Review… | January 6, 2013
Top Critic

Downton is still a pantheon-great series, filled with memorable moments.

Full Review… | January 6, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Still superior entertainment on a grand scale.

Full Review… | January 6, 2013
Uncle Barky
Top Critic

Were we in fact set up to fall in love with Downton Abbey? It hardly matters, because at this point, we'd follow the Crawleys over a cliff.

Full Review… | January 6, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Downton Abbey: Season 3

Season 3 reveals many new plots and a whole new set of characters making it fun to watch.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer


It gets better every season. A+

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Noah Nemeroff
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