Downton Abbey: Season 2 (2011)

Season 2
Downton Abbey

Critics Consensus

With its excellent cast and resplendent period trappings, Downton Abbey continues to weave a bewitching, ingratiating spell.



Critic Ratings: 24

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User Ratings: 0


Air date: Oct 2, 2011
Air date: Oct 9, 2011
Air date: Oct 16, 2011
Air date: Oct 23, 2011
Air date: Dec 25, 2011

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Season 2 of the costume drama opens during World War I with Matthew (Dan Stevens) and Thomas (Rob James-Collier) stuck in the trenches in France; and Sir Robert (Hugh Bonneville) and William (Thomas Howe) longing to join the action, though only William eventually does?but not before asking Daisy (Sophie McShera) to marry him. The war theme continues through the season, as Isobel (Penelope Wilton) convinces the family to turn the estate into a convalescent center for wounded soldiers . T he arrangement, however, causes Isobel's already fractious relationship with Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) and the Dowager (Maggie Smith) to become even more so . Sybil ( Jessica Brown Findlay), meanwhile, bucks aristocratic tradition and trains to become a nurse; and Edith ( Laura Carmichael) reads to the soldiers, in the process meeting someone whose presence could disrupt Robert's succession plans for the estate. Mary (Michelle Dockery), meanwhile, has a new suitor in newspaper mogul Richard Carlisle ( Iain Glen); and Matthew, too, has a new love interest: the lovely Lavinia (Zoe Boyle). O n the downstairs front, the potential romance between Mr. Bates (Brendan Coyle) and Anna ( Joanne Froggatt) hits a potential snag, though Bates works to unravel it.


Laura Carmichael
as Lady Edith
Maggie Smith
as Violet Crawley
Hugh Bonneville
as Lord Grantham
Elizabeth McGovern
as Lady Grantham
Michelle Dockery
as Lady Mary
Dan Stevens (IV)
as Matthew Crawley
Penelope Wilton
as Isobel Crawley
Brendan Coyle
as John Bates
Phyllis Logan
as Mrs Hughes
Lesley Nicol
as Mrs Patmore
Allen Leech
as Tom Branson
Amy Nuttall
as Ethel Parks
Zoe Boyle
as Lavinia Swire
Iain Glen
as Sir Richard Carlisle
Thomas Howes
as William Mason
Clare Calbraith
as Jane Moorsum
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Critic Reviews for Downton Abbey Season 2

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (19)

Downton Abbey looks for all the world as though it's steaming steadily toward happy or at least contented endings for one and all. So be it -- and so it should be.

Jan 4, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

The new series vibrates excitingly on many frequencies, but it specially resonates as a rare hybrid of domestic drama and shelter porn.

Jan 8, 2012 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The two Downton seasons so far provide an engrossing escape to an age on the verge of technological and social change.

Jan 8, 2012 | Full Review…

Viewers are likely to be reaching for the tissue box more often on this go 'round.

Jan 8, 2012 | Full Review…

Much grimmer, grayer and (gasp) dowdier. Still mostly wonderful.

Jan 8, 2012 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Downton Abbey was the best TV show of 2011 and give or take Mad Men it could also be the best show of 2012.

Jan 8, 2012 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The show gets things right more often than it gets them wrong, especially as various story lines knit themselves together over the course of the season.

Jan 8, 2012 | Full Review…

The good news is that the indomitable Maggie Smith is back as the dowager countess, who not only gets all the best lines, but also knows what to do with them.

Jan 8, 2012 | Full Review…

Downton Abbey is still a fine, handsome entertainment, and if you inherently like this sort of thing more than I ever will, I imagine you'll be very happy to return there for the new season.

Jan 8, 2012 | Full Review…

For those of us who hungered for a year to witness these new chapters, the appetite is insatiable

Jan 8, 2012 | Full Review…

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