Downton Abbey: Season 2 (2012)

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Season 2
Downton Abbey

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

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Critic Ratings: 27

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User Ratings: 109
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Episodes

1
Air date: Jan 8, 2012
2
Air date: Jan 15, 2012
3
Air date: Jan 22, 2012
4
Air date: Jan 29, 2012
5
Air date: Feb 5, 2012
6
Air date: Feb 12, 2012
7
Air date: Feb 19, 2012

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Cast

Samantha Bond
as Lady Rosamund Painswick
Hugh Bonneville
as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
Jessica Brown Findlay
as Lady Sybil Crawley
Zoe Boyle
as Lavinia Swire
Laura Carmichael
as Lady Edith Crawley
Jim Carter
as Mr. Carson
Brendan Coyle
as John Bates
Michelle Dockery
as Lady Mary Crawley
Siobhan Finneran
as Sarah O'Brien
Kevin Doyle
as Joseph Molesley
Iain Glen
as Sir Richard Carlisle
Rob James-Collier
as Thomas Barrow
Phyllis Logan
as Mrs. Hughes
Thomas Howes
as William Mason
Elizabeth McGovern
as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
Sophie McShera
as Daisy Mason
Allen Leech
as Tom Branson
Lesley Nicol
as Mrs. Patmore
Cal Macaninch
as Henry Lang
Jim Carter
as Mr. Carson
Maggie Smith
as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Dan Stevens (IV)
as Matthew Crawley
Penelope Wilton
as Isobel Crawley
Amy Nuttall
as Ethel Parks
David Robb
as Dr. Clarkson
Sharon Small
as Marigold Shore
Robert Bathurst
as Sir Anthony Strallan
Paul Copley
as Mr. Mason
Jonathan Coy
as George Murray
Nigel Havers
as Lord Hepworth
Dominic Kemp
as Jury Foreman
Simon Poland
as Defense Attorney
Tony Pritchard
as Prison Guard
Nick Sampson
as Prosecutor
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Critic Reviews for Downton Abbey Season 2

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (20)

The delicious period drama returns, and is even more grandly addictive.

Sep 14, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

Jun 29, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 29, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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The new series vibrates excitingly on many frequencies, but it specially resonates as a rare hybrid of domestic drama and shelter porn.

Jun 29, 2016 | Full Review…
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Much grimmer, grayer and (gasp) dowdier. Still mostly wonderful.

Jun 29, 2016 | Rating: A- | 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.

Jun 29, 2016 | 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.

Jun 29, 2016 | Full Review…

Downton Abbey is a soap opera, albeit one that appeals to people who would never willingly admit to an appetite for soap operas.

May 4, 2017 | Full Review…

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

Jun 29, 2016 | 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.

Jun 29, 2016 | 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.

Jun 29, 2016 | Full Review…

It's usually crude, often maddening, sometimes plain baffling. Also horribly addictive.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Downton Abbey: Season 2

  • Nov 13, 2019
    This show is perfection. This season is my least favorite, but still so good. The storylines, characterization, costumes, sets, etc. all beautifully done. Bravo!
  • Sep 26, 2019
    The Crawleys now deal with important events of the Great War, such as the Battle of the Somme, the Easter Rising, the Russian Revolution, the Battle of Amiens, the Armistice, and the Spanish flu epidemic. The change of every character with the war alters the perspective of aristocracy and the deaths in this season do not go unnoticed. RIP William and Lavinia. This is a crude sad season but it has some happy moments.
  • Jun 25, 2017
    Downton Abbey continues to weave a bewitching, ingratiating spell. With its excellent cast and resplendent period trappings.

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