Downton Abbey on Masterpiece: Season 1 (2010)


Season 1
Downton Abbey on Masterpiece

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Downton Abbey transcends its soapy plotting with witty dialogue, lavish costumes and sets, and an outstanding cast.

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Episodes

Air date: Sep 26, 2010

The lives of the Crawley family and the servants of Downton Abbey change when the sinking of the Titanic leaves the estate without an apparent heir. Some of the staff plot to make the stay of the new valet short-lived.

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Air date: Sep 26, 2010

When the Titanic goes down, Lord Grantham loses his heirs, and Mary loses her fiance.

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Air date: Oct 03, 2010

Everyone is anxious about the arrival of Matthew Crawley and his mother, Isobel. They have some difficulty adjusting to class differences, and there is some resentment about his being the new heir.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2010

Cora's attempts at matchmaking are dashed when Mary is smitten with the friend of an intended suitor. The couple's attraction starts a series of events with consequences that affect the entire household.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2010

Mary's three suitors include a Turkish diplomat; the former life of Carson, the butler, is revealed.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2010

The fair arrives in the village, and Mrs. Hughes finds herself the center of speculation when she reunites with a former suitor. Meanwhile, Violet and Isobel lock horns over Molesley's medical ailment.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2010

As the village prepares for the annual flower show, Isobel finds herself in conflict with Violet. Mary is introduced to a potential suitor, but she is taking notice of Matthew.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2010

As he grows into his role as heir, Matthew brings out the rivalry between sisters Mary and Edith; servants Thomas and O'Brien scheme against Bates.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2010

Sybil's determination to pursue her political leanings ends up causing her an injury when a fight breaks out at an election campaign meeting. Sybil's sisters note Matthew's tenderness in caring for her.

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Air date: Nov 07, 2010

Cora makes a discovery that could throw the inheritance issue into chaos. Under pressure from her aunt, Lady Rosamund Painswick, Mary keeps Matthew waiting for an answer to his proposal.

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Cast & Crew

Hugh Bonneville
Robert Crawley
Brendan Coyle
John Bates
Michelle Dockery
Lady Mary Crawley
Jim Carter
Mr. Carson
Dan Stevens
Matthew Crawley
Phyllis Logan
Mrs. Hughes
Jessica Brown Findlay
Lady Sybil Crawley
Laura Carmichael
Lady Edith Crawley
Robert Bathurst
Sir Anthony Strallan
Brendan Patricks
Evelyn Napier
Jonathan Coy
George Murray
Nicky Henson
Charles Grigg
Samantha Bond
Lady Rosamund
Ben Bolt
Director
Brian Kelly
Director
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Audience Reviews for Downton Abbey on Masterpiece: Season 1

  • Apr 07, 2021
    If you get into it, you're going to love it! Right up the alley of our house!
  • Aug 01, 2020
    You'll get into the comfy setting with its well tied together characters unlike the usual British period drama image you think of.
  • Jul 17, 2020
    "Contando com um grande elenco, bons diálogos, personagens memoráveis e uma produção impressionante, a primeira temporada de 'Downton Abbey' é uma boa introdução à série. É mais consistente na qualidade de seus episódios do que nas reviravoltas da história, mas consegue prender o espectador e ser, em geral, uma temporada muito bem executada." https://galaxiadocinema.home.blog/2020/06/02/serie-1-1-downton-abbey-1a-temporada-2010-critica/
  • Jul 07, 2020
    Great introduction to better things to come.
  • Jun 25, 2020
    Downton Abbey is a well-produced period drama that has a certain warmth to it. The costumes and cinematography are beautiful, and the cast simply clicks, with most of the actors bringing gravitas to roles that are rather cartoony on paper. The show features the wealthy, and is perhaps guilty of romanticizing them, but it also dedicates screen time to the plight of the lower classes, especially the servants. It is simply escapist entertainment that is relatively light without devolving into complete corniness. Some of the plots are a bit too soapy-silly (literally, a character slips on a bar of soap and has a miscarriage at one point), and the ceaseless bickering and plotting of some of the servants every episode is repetitive. But these are minor complaints, and the soap opera stylings often add to the show's charm as much as they detract from it.
  • May 07, 2020
    Downton Abbey is a period tv show that centers on a rich family and their estate. I'm not sure what I like about it but something just feels right. Maybe it's the excellent depiction of the era or the cinematography. I'm not sure.
  • Feb 23, 2020
    Certainly well made and written, Downton Abbey fails to establish any sort of emotional weight to its characters or storylines beyond political intrigue and petty drama. What should matter is glossed over, and what ends up at the forefront is unremarkable; the fate of the estate's heir merits hardly a tear, while the local flower competition forms an intense battle of wills that takes an entire episode to resolve (and is completely lifted from Mrs. Miniver, minus the uplifting elements).
  • Nov 13, 2019
    This show is perfection. The storylines, characterization, costumes, sets, etc. all beautifully done. Bravo!
  • Jul 19, 2018
    (S1) I love it but sometimes it's a bit boring
  • Dec 30, 2017
    So great! Multiple fascinating story lines and characters.

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