Downton Abbey: Season 5 (2014)

Season 5
Downton Abbey

Critics Consensus

Though it's becoming increasingly soapy, Downton Abbey is still a beautiful show whose characters confront the ever-modernizing world with wit and style.



Critic Ratings: 30


Audience Score

User Ratings: 376
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Air date: Jan 4, 2015
Air date: Jan 11, 2015
Air date: Jan 18, 2015
Air date: Jan 25, 2015
Air date: Feb 1, 2015
Air date: Feb 8, 2015
Air date: Feb 15, 2015
Air date: Feb 22, 2015
Air date: Mar 1, 2015

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Season 5 continues the period drama set in the 1920s and sees the addition of new cast members Richard E. Grant and Anna Chancellor. The 1924 general election brings a new Labour goverment in to power and the building of a war memorial is planned with Carson at the head of the committee. Further storylines include Edith's pregnancy and the consequences of Rose and Jack's broken engagement.

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Critic Reviews for Downton Abbey Season 5

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (18)

For now, Season 5 is proof that Downton Abbey remains in possession of a strong pulse and story lines. It minds its manners -- and its stately manors -- while keeping its characters vital and vulnerable.

Jan 7, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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This is a season heavily interested in the choices - particularly the love lives and sex lives - of women of all ages and classes.

Jan 6, 2015 | Full Review…
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Downton has entered the sweetspot phase of its life span, whatever that will ultimately be: A place of creative equipoise, where characters can and will be taken to a place of Fellowes' choosing, and fans will happily follow.

Jan 6, 2015 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Even the new stories feel like variations on the old ones.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Maggie Smith rules the fifth season of Downton Abbey, PBS' lavish and still-delectable serial.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

All's right with Downton Abbey, and for eight weeks at least, right for us.

Jan 4, 2015 | Full Review…

I'm here to tell you you're in for a devil of a good old time, because bad new times await the Crawley clan.

Mar 12, 2015 | Full Review…

It seems like the series is ready to reinvent itself. Perhaps not too much but enough to keep viewers tuning in.

Feb 26, 2015 | Full Review…

Downton is back, and maybe it's all too familiar, but it's still a lot of fun.

Feb 2, 2015 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

This was a strong premiere for Downton Abbey. Change was the tone and the storylines felt new and fresh.

Jan 7, 2015 | Rating: 4.7/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Downton Abbey: Season 5

  • Nov 10, 2015
    Began to lose interest with this season.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 19, 2016
    Still as gorgeous, witty and enjoyable as ever, though I wish Mary would stop being such a bitch to Edith.
  • May 29, 2015
    One of the best soap operas ever, BBC style. makes Dallas look sick, both versions.
  • Mar 26, 2015
    It's still good but it's not as good, a good analogy would be It's like a bag of Nachos without the salsa you just can't keep on loving it because of hwo dry it satrts to get
  • Feb 27, 2015
    Every show jumps the shark and I'm beginning to think that Downton Abbey did just that when Matthew was killed. While Season 5 has been better than 4, my interest has seriously waned. Too bad. It still has the best theme of all time.
  • Feb 25, 2015
    The characters are as intelligent and clever as ever. I look forward to Downton each year as much as I have ever looked forward to any show. It's the best entertainment on television. One last comment; it's visually stunning.
  • Feb 22, 2015
    Lord Grantham needs to get slapped. So does Thomas.
  • Feb 21, 2015
    Good acting and interesting setting, but I thought it was boring in general.
  • Feb 19, 2015
    Witty as ever. Costumes get better from the already great. I love the new lense on the marriage of Lord and Lady Grantham and Rose MacClare's development. Perhaps Mary should be written out though. She's so circular its becoming a real drag on the whole show.
  • Feb 15, 2015
    Life is one big soap opera, especially in that time. Also enjoy the upstairs, downstairs interaction and in the end how much they do care for one another.

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