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Downton Abbey

[Season 1]
(DVD - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Downton Abbey


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Set in an Edwardian country house in 1912, Downton Abbey portrays the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them. In the drawing rooms, library, and beautiful bedrooms, with their tall windows looking across the park, lives the family, but below stairs are other residents, the servants, as fiercely possessive of their ranks as anyone above.
Title: Downton Abbey
[Season 1]
[videorecording]
Publisher: [United States] :, PBS Distribution ;, Boston, Mass. :, WGBH,, c2011
Edition: Original UK ed., widescreen presentation
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (368 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: a Carnival/Masterpiece co-production ; produced by Nigel Marchant ; written and created by Julian Fellowes ; directed by Brian Percival, Ben Bolt, Brian Kelly
Notes: Originally broadcast on television in 2010
Special features: Downton Abbey: The making of; Downton Abbey: a house in history
Special features and language options may vary by copy
Summary: Set in an Edwardian country house in 1912, Downton Abbey portrays the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them. In the drawing rooms, library, and beautiful bedrooms, with their tall windows looking across the park, lives the family, but below stairs are other residents, the servants, as fiercely possessive of their ranks as anyone above.
ISBN: 9781608833894
1608833895
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama DOWNTON
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Report This Apr 15, 2014
  • lincolons rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In 1912, Downton Abbey, an Edwardian mansion, depicts the lives of the Crawleys and their servants. Lord Grantham, the patriarch of Downton, is in dire need of an heir after the horrific tragedy that claimed the life of the presumed heir and many others. Meanwhile, downstairs the servants have their own problems to deal with and opinions of their own. Most employees demonstrate a considerable amount of loyalty and devotion but of course there are those who merely exist to stir the pot. “Downton Abbey” is infected with drama, like a crazed disease, spreading like wildfire. Whenever you think an issue is resolved another one comes charging at you, full force. So there’s never a dull moment when watching this genuinely addictive British series. The outfits are truly fascinating and authentic. The characters are portrayed beautifully and the acting is superb. You can’t help but develop emotional attachments to the characters. Some are strangle worthy but I suppose that makes the show all the more exciting. Maggie Smith does a fabulous job as Violet Crawley, she’s hilarious. The set is gorgeously breathtaking. I love how the focus is on the servants as well. Each character gets an equal amount of screen time; they are extremely well developed and diverse. I especially love Mr. Bates. Maybe I’m just emotionally unstable (I’m not, rest assured) but on multiple occasions I have bawled, while watching this intriguing British television show. After the first episode I was hooked, it’s unbelievably addicting. Everything about this show is flawless.

The outright evil of Thomas and O'Brien is ridiculous: They both should be twirling moustaches. Once I reached their plotting against Bates with the innocent connivance of Daisy I had to turn this hyper melodrama off.

I was notified of the availability of Dowton on 7th and 9th it was past due. I missed it. Please sign me up for another hold. Thanks.

Report This Nov 05, 2013
  • joeguy rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The thing I like about this is how it makes me FEEL when I watch it. I feel peaceful and serene inside. It's really well done and Maggie Smith is hilarious. The script is very well written and lots of insightful comments are made throughout the season. It's off to season 2 now.

Report This Oct 30, 2013
  • 22950006357453 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

upstairs downstairs with a bigger budget

Report This Sep 23, 2013
  • ktnv rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Absolutely love this series, it is addictive. Creator Julian Fellowes has done an excellent job with the characters and the story. He was co-writer with Robert Altman on 'Gosford Park' a movie also well worth watching.

Report This Sep 10, 2013
  • redworc rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I'm hooked! Looking forward to Seasons 2 and 3

Cant wait to get season 2, so many holds on it in our library

Report This Jul 06, 2013
  • Mmc0119 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I had heard great things and was not disappointed, loved it! Another great BBC production

Report This Jun 23, 2013
  • druby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A lot of people have been telling me how wonderful this series is; now I understand why. I love all the different characters in the show. They are what makes the show worth watching. I can't wait to see Season 2.

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Report This Mar 25, 2013
  • marv957 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This series is very well written which I strongly recommend to view! From the very beginning it captures the essence of the characters during a time in British history where living in Downton mansion meant a lifestyle of being well-to-do by the standards of the rich&wealthy to have servants,maids,footmen,butlers& the sort were a way of life past on from generation-to-generation,so as we are captivated by the elegance of the family while the less forunate are striving to please the aristocrats! This season1 series is not to be missed with all the hidden secrets bet. family members& servants alike...

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Report This Mar 02, 2013
  • Mee2 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Carson to Thomas: You have been twisted by nature into something foul, and even I can see that you did not ask for it.

Report This Mar 02, 2013
  • Mee2 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Carson [to Thomas]: "I do not wish to take a tour of your revolting world."

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: "...I have PLENTY of friends I don't like..."

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: "First electricity, now telephones... Sometimes I feel as if I were living in a - an H. G. Wells novel..."

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: "What is a "week-end"...?"

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