Downton Abbey: Series 06 Reviews

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January 4, 2016
Suffice to say, Fellowes steams ahead as a quality purveyor of British confectionary.
January 4, 2016
Our love for the characters enables us to overlook the vexing problems in the script.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
January 4, 2016
Beautiful, elegant final ride, full of love and nostalgia and joy. The only way to go...
January 4, 2016
The [first] episode ends with a coming-together that will delight the show's die-hard fans - and help carry the rest of us through the overly sentimental reunions, unlikely outbursts, kidnappings and, yes, sudden deaths.
January 4, 2016
Downton simply continues its sharp observations of human behavior among fundamentally decent people, as animated by some of the loveliest faces, voices, and cinematography on the tube, it still has much to offer.
January 4, 2016
I'm happy to report (without any spoilers) that it remains what it has been for years - a pretty melodrama, whose characters we've come to know well, grounded in a thought-provoking historical moment.
June 16, 2016
The sixth and final season of the series delivers happy endings all around, as if rewarding viewers for their devotion to the lives of the wealthy and the service classes alike.
March 8, 2016
The final season of the popular series with more changes than ever in store for the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 9, 2016
A proper ending for a unique and memorable ensemble drama that has had a few ups and downs over the years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 4, 2016
The characterizations are beginning to get cartoonish.
January 4, 2016
An air of change and the sense of an era ending threads through the first episode... a terrific hour that winds up several long-running stories while stoking a few new ones as the series marks its final run of episodes.
January 4, 2016
Even when the series drifts towards the boring or trite, its exemplary cast and the endearing characters they play are enough to hold our attention.
January 4, 2016
It isn't a spoiler to point out that what was true from the beginning holds true now: creator Julian Fellowes seems to love these characters and he seems determined to do right by them.
January 4, 2016
The year is 1925 and the times they are a-changin' - and creator Julian Fellowes really wants to make sure you know that.
January 4, 2016
Downton Abbey may strike some as an unbearably fussy and silly affair, but it has also fully and richly answered that little boy's question: They lived that way out of a sense of duty. And while it lasted, wasn't it grand?
January 4, 2016
Even though it was feeling a bit threadbare in recent years, its classy departure is likely to leave its legions of fans pining for more. Golly gumdrops, what will we do without it?
January 3, 2016
While the upcoming season is uneven -- there are a few awfully wobbly moments in the saggy middle hours -- the series is well on its way to going out in a manner that will have its fans sweetening their cups of tea with salty tears.
January 3, 2016
The season is best when it attends to the fears and fury of those in the underclass at risk of becoming even more marginalized by social flux.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 3, 2016
Fellowes hints at drama and pulls his punches.
December 30, 2015
The final Downton season is satisfying, engaging and nostalgic. And if there is, at some point, a movie? You know we'll be watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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