“Downton Abbey is a British historical period drama television series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece. It first aired on ITV in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2010, and on PBS in the United States on 9 January 2011, as part of the Masterpiece Classic anthology. Six series have been made, the sixth airing in the autumn of 2015 in the UK and Ireland. The fifth began airing in the United States on 4 January 2015. On 26 March 2015, the sixth series was confirmed to be the final series, with the final episode airing in the UK on 25 December 2015 on ITV.
The series, set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey, depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their domestic servants in the post-Edwardian era—with the great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy. Such events depicted throughout the series include news of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in the first series; the outbreak of the First World War, the Spanish influenza pandemic, and the Marconi scandal in the second series; the interwar period and the formation of the Irish Free State in the third series; the Teapot Dome scandal in the fourth series; and the United Kingdom general election of 1923, the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, and the Beer Hall Putsch in the fifth series.”
I thoroughly enjoyed the series. The first thing that surprised me more then anything was one of the main characters, first footman (a servant) is homosexual. But he isnt nice at all. Hes actually pretty evil and loves to gossip and get people into trouble with his pal at the time, the ladies maid Miss O’Brien.
Oh and the whole marrying of cousins to keep the heirs and such in the bloodlines, I know it was normal back then and even some today but really?? It would just be weird to say “oh Im marrying my blood cousin” ??? Stranger things have happened I guess.
I also loved how the Crawleys were friendly with their staff, giving the newly married couple Anna and Bates a cottage and having a servants ball. Basically treating them like family.
The series had me curious about a lot of things, like for example, of the time before America had been “discovered” and I say that loosely because we all know how that really worked. Nothing was actually discovered because the Native Americans and Vikings were settled here first and imo Christopher Columbus was more or less a pirate.
The show also depicted the beginning of technology, at least in the UK. I believe in Season 1 they were still using horse carriages but by 3rd or 4th season they were using cars. They also purchased a landline phone, an electric wisk, a refrigerator and a wireless (radio). The women and the people were also getting more liberal with their views. I say women separately because they had their own battles to fight.
But it was still a lot simpler back then then now. I appreciate that and reminds me of the show Mad Men but that way in the 1950s. I wish things were still like that. Even in the 80s and 90s things were more simple.
I love how since they were now obvious and settled in Thomas ways, they used it to their benefit at the end of season 5 in the Christmas episode with getting their cousins husbands fathers Butler into trouble, which he deserved.
It took me awhile to figure out who my main favorite character was because there were so many like Anna and Mr. Bates, Lady Sybil or Violet Crawley and decided Phyllis Logan as Mrs Hughes was my favorite character because she made sure everyones personal problems had been resolved and taken care of.
I was also happy that Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes did end up getting married because they are on the same level and have a lot in common.
The show makes you think a lot about history and how everything came about. It talks about the RMS Titanic in the first season, the Spanish flu, etc…
The series can sometimes be slow but towards the end of an episode you are at the edge of your seat. For a PBS series the show gets into some serious stuff about murder and rape. Im at the end of season 5, season 6 is the last season of the series and not completed so I may stop at season 5. I pretty much read everything on wikipedia whats going to happen here forward lol! Terrible I know but its tempting to know whats going on before it happens, plus I will be starting a new series on netflix called Supernatural.
The only place you can watch Downton Abbey for free is on Amazon if you have Amazon Prime and you will need to pay for the 6th season. The show has 6 seasons and around 8-9 episodes that are 48 minutes each. Some 1st episodes are over an hour and the Christmas specials are over an hour and a half.
When I first heard of the show I thought it was called Downtown Abbey lol! I have never been a fan of the English neither but now I am more understanding. Im not one of those women who think accents are sexy smh. I like the English personalities though, they remind me of cats.
I am not usually into period pieces except for a couple of exceptions like The Scarlett Letter with Demi Moore or Legends of the Fall with Brad Pitt.
Anyway its a really enjoyable series, I think I will watch it again in the future and finish up season 6 as I am sure eventually it will go to Netflix as well.
Thanks for reading! Until tomorrow :*
Have you seen Downton Abbey? What do you think of it?