Episode 1
Downton Abbey Series 06

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Critic Ratings: 11
Critics Consensus

"Episode 1" uses strong, empathetic performances to combine goofy fun with heart, even if the scenarios feel somewhat repetitive.

Episode Info

It is now 1925, when secrets and rifts threaten the unity of the family, while those below stairs are faced with social changes which put all their futures in jeopardy. Mary's past catches up with her when an unwelcome visitor delivers an ultimatum.The Darnleys are forced to sell their ancestral home, and Daisy's intervention at the Mallerton House auction has disastrous consequences.

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Critic Reviews for Episode 1

The beginning of the end of Downton Abbey opened with one of those scenes that made you realise how much you would miss it once this sixth and final series has galloped off into the sunset.

Feb 8, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This is the kind of storyline that drives me nuts about Downton Abbey - they set up a conflict, reiterate instead of escalate it, and finally solve it through some deus ex machina.

Feb 5, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…

The first episode of series six introduced new threats, resolved others, had a perfect Dowager put-down and made things look a little bit too rosy.

Feb 5, 2016 | Full Review…

[Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes]' might be the show's best romance.

Feb 5, 2016 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…

For those of us who have waited impatiently for the Abbey's hottest will-they-won't-they duo to strip down and get to business, it was a welcome relief to see [Carson and Mrs. Hughes] finally having "the talk."

Feb 5, 2016 | Full Review…

Downton Abbey Season 6 Episode 1 brought us back to our favorite Yorkshire estate, revisiting a few old themes, wrapping up tired storylines, and introducing future prospects.

Feb 5, 2016 | Rating: 3.75/5 | Full Review…

It's rare for any show to balance sentiment and silliness as deftly as this episode does.

Feb 8, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

And so we return to the usual collision of wonderful emotive acting performances and ludicrously bonkers exposition. Hooray to the max for this first episode of the final season, though.

Feb 8, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Nowhere else on TV will you see a vision of the apocalypse as delightful as Downton Abbey, and while these aren't the literal end times for the upper class, the clock is tick-tick-ticking toward midnight for this way of life.

Feb 8, 2016 | Full Review…

Times have changed, for both the Crawleys, and for their television viewers, and that means we're ready to see these characters move forward, not repeat familiar-looking misfortunes from earlier seasons.

Feb 5, 2016 | Full Review…