Downton Abbey on Masterpiece: Season 4 (2013)


Season 4
Downton Abbey on Masterpiece

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.

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Critic Ratings: 42

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Air date: Sep 22, 2013

Following Matthew's untimely death, Mary struggles to come to terms with her loss; Edith experiments with modernism.

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Air date: Sep 22, 2013

Following Matthew's untimely death, Mary is struggling to come to terms with her loss, while Robert and Violet disagree on how best to help her through it.

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Air date: Sep 29, 2013

Mary is beginning to emerge from her grief and starts to take an interest in the running of the estate, but she meets resistance from her father.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2013

An extravagant house party at the Abbey gives the Crawleys a chance to reconnect with old friends, but some guests prove more welcome than others, and along with the celebrations come deceit and heartache.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2013

Amid the fallout from the eventful house party, Mary faces a pressing question about her future, while Carson reveals surprisingly intimate details of his former life.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2013

Change is in the air when an exciting opportunity for Alfred creates tension between Ivy and Daisy, Isobel appeals to Violet's charitable nature, but it does not come without a struggle, and Branson considers a new future for himself and baby Sybbie.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2013

A birthday party is planned for Robert, but Rose's contribution to the event surprises those above and below stairs, a new farming venture on the Downton estate comes with dramatic repercussions for Mary, and Edith receives troubling news.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2013

Cora's playboy brother, Harold, is in trouble, so Robert must travel to America to help bail him out; a new farming venture at Downton sees Blake and Mary putting aside their differences.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2013

Rosamund comes up with a plan to help Edith, but Violet, Edith's gandmother, sees right through it; Isobel is the object of someone's attention, while Mary asks Gillingham for a very big favor.

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Air date: Dec 25, 2013

It's the summer season and, as part of Rose's "coming out," she is to be presented at Buckingham Palace. The family and servants are at Grantham House, their London residence, preparing for the busy social season.

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Cast & Crew

Maggie Smith
Violet

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Hugh Bonneville
Robert Crawley

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Brendan Coyle
John Bates

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Joanne Froggatt
Anna

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Michelle Dockery
Lady Mary Crawley

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Jim Carter
Mr. Carson

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Phyllis Logan
Mrs. Hughes

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Jessica Brown Findlay
Lady Sybil Crawley

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Laura Carmichael
Lady Edith Crawley

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Penelope Wilton
Isobel Crawley

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Samantha Bond
Lady Rosamund

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Kevin Doyle
Molesley

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Siobhan Finneran
Sarah O'Brien

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Allen Leech
Tom Branson

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Shirley MacLaine
Martha Levinson

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Sophie McShera
Daisy Mason

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Matt Milne
Alfred Nugent

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Lesley Nicol
Mrs. Patmore

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Ed Speleers
Jimmy Kent

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Cara Theobold
Ivy Stuart

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Critic Reviews for Downton Abbey on Masterpiece: Season 4

Audience Reviews for Downton Abbey on Masterpiece: Season 4

  • Apr 07, 2021
    It's a step back from a great show, to just a good one. The ensemble cast has too many tentacles which make this season slow and harder to follow. It's also boring at times, but it's a wonderful soap opera that's worth watching!
  • Jul 31, 2020
    In many ways, Season 4 of Downton Abbey is a return to form, since it eschews the darker subplots of Seasons 2 and 3 in favor of lighter ones reminiscent of the show's first season. However, this is also its downfall; it can't help feel like creator Julian Fellowes is recycling subplots we've seen before. Again, we watch the parade of suitors court a main cast member; again, we watch Bates glare around moodily and feign leaving. After a ton of character development last season, Thomas Barrow snaps back into place as a sneering villain with virtually nothing to do. Even characters who used to be interesting, like Allen Leech's Tom Branson, descend into one-dimensional blandness. A promising subplot for Crawley sister Edith also pans out in a disappoingly cliche way. Fellowes even includes a disturbing subplot which seems to have no purpose but to add drama. The relief for it all is in the usual suspects: Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess, Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley, and Phyllis Logan as Mrs. Hughes. I was surprised that my favorite subplot featured Kevin Doyle's comic relief character Molesley, who has some truly excellent moments with a new character this season. In all I have to commend Fellowes for having such a strong cast of older women characters and developing them very well (how many shows can you say that about?), but the show as a whole has become a tad tedious and repetitive.
  • Jul 07, 2020
    Not one of the best seasons.
  • Nov 13, 2019
    The storylines, characterization, costumes, sets, etc. all beautifully done. Bravo!
  • Oct 26, 2019
    Even though it is not as good as its predecessors, this season has new challenges and all of our characters are tried in multiple ways that will only increase the love we have for them. After the death of Matthew, everything seems lost, but there is a light at the end of the spectrum. The lively presence of Rose is a nice touch, Mary's suitors are good additions and the hardest problem faced by Mr. and Mrs Bates is so hard to watch that it is a great relief when it is sorted out.
  • Oct 24, 2019
    felt like it struggles to keep up with the high standards before, but plot twist which felt like it was put in there to shock, which it did for sure which culminates in a rather underwhelming climax
  • 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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