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Downton Abbey

downton abbey tv showNetwork: PBS (as part of the Masterpiece series)
Episodes: Ongoing (60-120 minutes)
Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: January 9, 2011 — present
Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Brown Findlay, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Siobhan Finneran, Joanne Froggatt, Thomas Howes, Rob James-Collier, Allen Leech, Rose Leslie, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Matt Milne, Lesley Nicol, Amy Nuttall, Maggie Smith, Ed Speleers, Dan Stevens, and Penelope Wilton.

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TV show description:
The TV series begins in 1912 and is set in the fictional Downton Abbey, a country house Yorkshire. It follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants during the reign of King George V.

The estate stands a splendid example of confidence and mettle, its family enduring for generations and its staff a well-oiled machine of propriety. But change is afoot at Downton — change far surpassing the new electric lights and telephone.

A crisis of inheritance threatens to displace the resident Crawley family, in spite of the best efforts of the noble and compassionate Earl, Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville); his American heiress wife, Cora (Elizabeth McGovern); his comically implacable and opinionated mother, Violet (Maggie Smith); and Mary, the beautiful eldest daughter who’s intent on charting her own course.

The Downton staff is led by butler Charles “Charlie” Carson (Jim Carter) and housekeeper Mrs. Elsie Hughes (Phyllis Logan).

Working under Mrs. Hughes are Sarah O’Brien (Siobhan Finneran), Lady Grantham’s personal maid; head housemaid Anna May Smith (Joanne Froggatt); cook Beryl Patmore (Lesley Nicol); housemaid Gwen Dawson (Rose Leslie); and scullery maid Daisy Robinson (Sophie McShera).

Working with Mister Carson are underbutler Thomas Barrow (Rob James-Collier) and second footman William Mason (Thomas Howes). As the series begins, Lord Grantham hires his former batman, lame John Bates (Brendan Coyle), as his valet — much to the chagrin of some of the staff.

Reluctantly, the family is forced to welcome its heir apparent, the self-made and proudly modern Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens), himself none too happy about the new arrangements. As Matthew’s bristly relationship with Mary begins to crackle with electricity, hope for the future of Downton’s dynasty takes shape.

But when petty jealousies and ambitions grow among the family and the staff, scheming and secrets — both delicious and dangerous — threaten to derail the scramble to preserve Downton Abbey.
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Series Finale

Episode #TBD
This TV series has not ended yet.
First aired: TBD

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What do you think? Do you like the Downton Abbey TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for another season?

 

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Anonymous June 21, 2014 at 4:19 pm

I love that show. Wonderfully done. Hope it stays on for a long time.

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Micha April 1, 2014 at 5:29 pm

I love this show.Downton Abbey history relate.It teachs you about people live at that time.How families and the help had close realtionship and respect for one other. I love this show It break heart that wanted to cancel it.I want see wahat happen to Mary and mean sister.

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Micha April 1, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Downton Abbey has wonderful actor and actress.I will miss this show.I fall love with it first I watch it. I hope they don’t cancel this show.I never watch a british show that was so interesting.Downton Abbey has a lot drama and it funny to watch. I love Downton Abbey

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Ann Holtzclaw March 5, 2013 at 2:49 pm

I love Downton Abbey and I can hardly wait for the next season.

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Marcia February 16, 2013 at 8:44 pm

I love Downton Abby. I think it is the best program on TV. I think every part of the program is great, not to mention no commercials. It should be renewed, it’s loss would be a loss for PBS.

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Anonymous January 20, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Love it!

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