Downton Abbey - Season 6, Episode 1 - Rotten Tomatoes

Episode 1



Critic 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.


Hugh Bonneville
as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
Laura Carmichael
as Lady Edith Crawley
Jim Carter
as Mr. Carson
Brendan Coyle
as John Bates
Michelle Dockery
as Lady Mary Crawley
Kevin Doyle
as Joseph Molesley
Joanne Froggatt
as Anna Bates
Rob James-Collier
as Thomas Barrow
Phyllis Logan
as Mrs. Hughes
Elizabeth McGovern
as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
Sophie McShera
as Daisy Mason
Lesley Nicol
as Mrs. Patmore
Maggie Smith
as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Penelope Wilton
as Isobel Crawley
David Robb
as Dr. Clarkson
Samantha Bond
as Lady Rosamund Painswick
Paul Copley
as Mr. Mason
Nichola Burley
as Rita Bevan
Sue Johnston
as Miss Denker
Mark Morrell
as Mr. Fairclough
Douglas Reith
as Lord Merton
Howard Ward
as Sgt. Willis
Adrian Lukis
as Sir John Darnley
Rick Bacon
as Mr. Henderson
Nicholas Lumley
as Auctioneer
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Critic reviews for Episode 1

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.

June 29, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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.

June 29, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | 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.

June 29, 2016 | 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."

June 29, 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.

June 29, 2016 | Rating: 3.75/5 | Full Review…

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

June 29, 2016 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…

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