Downton Abbey: Season 4 (2013)

Season 4
Downton Abbey

Critics Consensus

Though its cast remains strong, Downton Abbey's fourth season is a bit of a comedown after the multiple story arcs that challenged viewers in past seasons.



Critic Ratings: 39


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User Ratings: 77

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Air date: Sep 25, 2013
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In season 4 we see the return of an old childhood friend of Mary, Lord Anthony Gillingham , whom she hasn't seen in years and the return of Martha Levinson, Cora's mother. Jazz begins to have an impact on the abbey as new character Jack Ross from Chicago enters the scene and causes some level of controversy amongst the Downton residents. We also see some continued stress between maid Anna and valet Mr Bates.


Hugh Bonneville
as Lord Grantham
Maggie Smith
as Violet Crawley
Elizabeth McGovern
as Lady Grantham
Penelope Wilton
as Isobel Crawley
Michelle Dockery
as Lady Mary
Brendan Coyle
as John Bates
Phyllis Logan
as Mrs Hughes
Lesley Nicol
as Mrs Patmore
Allen Leech
as Tom Branson
Tom Cullen
as Lord Anthony Gillingham
Lily James
as Lady Rose MacClare
Julian Ovenden
as Charles Blake
Matt Milne
as Alfred Nugent
Samantha Bond
as Lady Rosamund Painswick
MyAnna Buring
as Edna Braithwaite
Charles Edwards
as Michael Gregson
Kevin Doyle
as Joseph Molesley
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Critic Reviews for Downton Abbey Season 4

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (22)

When you think about what Downton Abbey has achieved, and is continuing to pull off, it's actually pretty remarkable.

Jan 8, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Despite the occasional creakiness and lapses into melodrama Downton Abbey remains a show to watch, notable for its dreamy production values and the real depth of feeling it portrays between the classes.

Jan 8, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Not all of the storylines work - an affair between a black entertainer and the carefree Rose seems forced - but the action moves so fast that you'll be hooked on a new scandal/crisis/romance in mere minutes.

Jan 8, 2014 | Full Review…

The inhabitants of Downton, at their core, remain almost exactly as first written. Some of the characters were initially conceived with complexity.

Jan 8, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The engrossing two-hour premiere reminds us of where we left off... and sets the table for where the season is going as modern times continue to encroach on old traditions.

Jan 7, 2014 | Full Review…

Maggie Smith's acerbic Violet remains a delight.

Jan 6, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Through it all, the show never loses sight of its sublime characterization.

Feb 3, 2014 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Through it all, the cast has struggled mightily to hold our interest and mostly succeeded.

Jan 28, 2014 | Full Review…

This season's repetitive tropes, recycled conflicts and predictable heartbreak are not worth the trouble this time around. I watched it, so you don't have to.

Jan 9, 2014 | Full Review…

In all of this Downton seems such a conventional and predictable series, despite its setting and occasionally sparkling dialogue.

Jan 8, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Downton Abbey: Season 4

  • Jun 20, 2016
    While it does improve on certian aspects upon season 3, season 4 feels like a lowpoint for the series that although more consistent, happens to have even more underwelming plotlines plus a plot twist that's almost offensively handled.

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