Downton Abbey (TV Series)

With Downton Abbey, you get more than just a Masterpiece Theater type show. You get all the features of a melodrama, romance, mystery, and soap opera wrapped in one. I’m here to tell you, it’s enjoyable!


Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey

“A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century.” -IMDB

Cast

Hugh Bonneville Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
Phyllis Logan Mrs. Hughes (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
Elizabeth McGovern Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham (52 episodes, 2010-2015)
Brendan Coyle John Bates (52 episodes, 2010-2015)

Directed by

Written by

Julian Fellowes

Other Info

Drama, Romance
TV-PG
2010
58min
IMDB Rating: 8.7

As with most tv series, it has multiple directors for different seasons. Probably the most famous are Andy Goddard and James Strong (Law and Order UK, Dr. Who). There are also a lot of actors with a core few comprising the main cast. They are mostly British actors.

I really like watching the dynamics of a wealthy house in England in the 1920’s. There is a clear regiment of duties from the Butler down to the footman and even below that. Every worker knows her/his place and that is interesting to watch. Why are they so obedient to position and decorum? Basically, they value their jobs. You get to see the inner workings of the leadership and the choices they have to make to keep things working.

Another thing that makes it interesting is the way they mention news of the day such as the Titanic sinking. They keep a historical context that way and it’s a lot of fun.

FINAL THOUGHTS
There are love affairs and resentments and even vengeance plays. It wouldn’t seem possible but you have all the enjoyment and excitement of a movie set in modern times. It’s not what they say and do that keeps you interested, rather it’s why they hold back. It’s a little slow at times and not for everyone. Kids will be bored but for those day 18 and up, I highly recommend you give it a chance and see if you get sucked in like I did as you binge watch.

9/10

Author: Damien Riley

Hopelessly devoted to movies from way back when I first saw "Pete's Dragon." In 1977, it sealed the deal when I saw "Star Wars." I write about the movies I see, whether I like them or not. Sometimes I like them more than words can express! Thanks for checking out my movie reviews!

2 thoughts on “Downton Abbey (TV Series)”

  1. I’m always a sucker for period pieces and I was really enthralled with the series. It was actually pretty good.

  2. Period pieces are indeed cool for the costumes, the accents, and the like. The drama in this one is intriguing as well! Great minds think alike right?

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