Downton Abbey on Masterpiece: Season 5 (2014)


Season 5
Downton Abbey on Masterpiece

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

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Critic Ratings: 34

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Air date: Sep 21, 2014

Robert and Carson are dismayed when a Labour government comes to power in the general election of 1924; Lady Mary receives another proposal from Tony Gillingham.

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Air date: Sep 28, 2014

With the house recovering from the night's dramatic events, Robert is faced with a very difficult decision; as Daisy continues to struggle with her studies, Mrs Patmore has an idea that might solve everything.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2014

Violet learns about Mary and Tony from Spratt; Mary tells Violet she plans to wed Tony, but admits to Tom that she has no such intention.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2014

Sarah Bunting continues to cause waves above stairs but this time she may have gone too far; on returning to Downton, Thomas is suffering an inexplicable illness, and Baxter suspects there's more to it than he's letting on.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2014

Simon Bricker returns to Downton to discuss the painting with Cora, but this time his flirting may have crossed the line. Branson makes a difficult decision about Sarah Bunting, and Rose encounters a handsome stranger.

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Air date: Oct 26, 2014

Relations between Robert and Cora are strained; Blake's scheming starts to come to fruition; Mary is unexpectedly pitted against her love rival.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2014

Rosamund arrives at Downton following Edith's shocking departure; Edith's secret may be exposed to the family; Rose is delighted to introduce Atticus and his parents to Downton for the first time.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2014

Preparations are under way for Rose's big day, but family tensions on both sides threaten to derail proceedings; Edith's arrangement with Marigold is happily working out, but she and Cora continue to conceal the truth from Robert.

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Air date: Dec 25, 2014

Rose's father-in-law, Lord Sinderby, has rented Brancaster Castle in Northumberland and invited the Crawleys to a shooting party.

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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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Audience Reviews for Downton Abbey on Masterpiece: Season 5

  • Apr 25, 2021
    While the murder saga slows the season down a budding romance pays off by season's end. This show is able to toy with your emotions.
  • Aug 06, 2020
    By Seasons 4 and 5, Downton Abbey falls into a loop of repetitive subplots recycled from earlier seasons, most of which are dragged out too long and not given satisfying resolutions. Even good actors and high production values cannot save this season from its poor writing. Many of the characters have descended into blandness or become caricatures of themselves. Often their subplots do not even make sense for the characters, as if Julian Fellowes simply picked something random out of a grab bag to give the actor something to do. Honestly, I was going to give this season 1.5 stars until the final two episodes, which showcase some of the best writing the show has seen in years. They are a lot of fun to watch. Both rely heavily on spectacle, which let's face it, is one of the draws of the show, but they also give most of the characters fun and concise little subplots that are in-character. There is still at least one dreary subplot that has long outstayed its welcome, but the absurdity of it makes it almost humorous at this point (though it's clearly meant to be very serious). I spent a lot of this season laughing at things that were not meant to be funny, so the show still has some entertainment value. The highlights of the show continue to be Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess, Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley, Jim Carter as Mr. Carson, and Phyllis Logan as Mrs. Hughes. Robert James-Collier and Kevin Doyle also deserve credit on the rare occasions they're given decent subplots.
  • Jul 07, 2020
    Still very good, though not the best season.
  • Nov 13, 2019
    This show is near perfection. The storylines, characterization, costumes, sets, etc. all beautifully done. Bravo!
  • Nov 11, 2019
    The show keeps being entertaining without losing attention on each of its characters and it continues to show the evolution of the TV's best posh and conservative British fictional family. It revolves around more issues that challenge the character's values and make them change their perspectives on irrational prejudice, life's wrong choices and their respective second opportunities on matters of love and injustice.
  • Jun 26, 2016
    While still finickey at some points, season 5 was a noticable improvement on the previous two seasons. The stories are better, and the pay offs are better.

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