Downton Abbey

[Season 1]

(DVD - 2011)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Downton Abbey
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.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS Distribution ; Boston, Mass. : WGBH, c2011
Edition: Original UK ed., widescreen presentation
ISBN: 9781608833894
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama DOWNTON
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (368 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in


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The Crawleys and their servants experience dramas of all variety at the ancestral home. Season 2 brings World War I to the extended family.

I have the Downtown fever! The rave reviews are true. If you are interested in a new TV series with lots of drama you will LOVE this! - Susan

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Jan 29, 2015
  • Corey G Brooks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I am intrigued by this show, and I have found that storyline is [exqui]site. The realtionships have great character, and they can be read to coprehension of substance.

This series has been fun to watch for the most part but it amazes me the snobbishness these people go to no lengths to hide. I don't like Violet, her world is fast coming to a close and she is not prepared for her future, she still lives in the nineteenth century. I DON'T like Thomas, haven't liked him from the start. I think they truly need to get rid of his trouble making self! I think what would be really great to finally put him in his rightful place is to bring in another male servant who would be more than Thomas's match in nastiness. He could get along great with the other servants but give Thomas no end of misery. He should tease Thomas into thinking he likes him and then as soon as Thomas gets close, he brings down the hammer on him. Let Thomas know what it is like to feel the cruelty that he is so good at putting out! Edith needs to find her Knight finally, a man that will love her and take her away and give her the happiness she deserves. It surprises me how the writers from the start have made Edith the pariah, it seems unfair for them to pick on her and single her out, what is the justification for that? Please let us know. Good riddance to Jimmy. He was useless and his character really was nothing to the storyline, just filler. I hope Isobel finally makes a match with the rich guy and becomes a Lady and wouldn't that just kill old lady Violet that Isobel would now become her equal. LOL! The series has been fun from the start but it's time to put it out to pasture and move on!

Oct 24, 2014
  • ScorchingSun rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Wonderful drama, wit and humour. A fabulous ensemble cast you can love and hate. And crackling plot twists and character relationships you can drool over.

This is a series you simply can't miss. I've been addicted to "Foyle's War" for weeks (another series that is a MUST SEE) so a friend mentioned Downton Abbey as it's British and takes place in the days before WWII and (in the second season) during that time as well. Maggie Smith is superb and the other cast members are a dream to watch. This series took me to a place and time I'd never explored - as in, "What did the rich and aristocratic do during the second world war?" - the costume design is breathtaking, the locations, stunning! This is a series I'll own one day, as I could watch it over and over.

Such a great show. I'm addicted.

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.

Aug 12, 2014
  • spiritus rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I had heard so much about Downton Abbey, I finally gave in. Just finished season one. It seemed a bit slow, but it drew me in, although there is a lot of back stabbing and pettiness amid the period costumes and scenery. I just put a hold on season two.

Aug 06, 2014
  • ashleysears rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

New to the Downton Abbey fan club, watched all of the first season, and I love it!

Aug 04, 2014
  • mrs_ferguson rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I had heard a lot about this series, but had not watched it yet. Once I did, I found myself hooked! I recommend this series if you like good entertainment. Maggie Smith is another great reason to watch this series. You'll be hooked after the first episode!

Aug 01, 2014
  • chogs rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Simply fabulous...very classy.
Was hooked right through.

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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.

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."

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..."

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..."

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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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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