The first couple of seasons were great when the story lines fit the early 20th century, and then the producers decided to add 21st century issues into early 20th century, which was totally out of place. They took on: Single motherhood, working mothers, racism, homosexuality, class warfare, feminism, patriotism -- all became political statements instead of realistic story lines. Seems producers would rather make political statements then produce a story that fit the times
How could this have ever had a better ending. It took six long years but Edith is finally happy, god bless her, she was such a trooper to put up with those writers:( Mary had her just re-ward, her new hubby ended up being a used car salesman. Is it possible that Thomas out-grew his gayness?
I love the depiction of this aristocratic family struggling in the midst of a changing world. Robert (Hugh Bonneville) initially is befuddled thinking of life without his personal valet, while his mother (the wonderful Maggie Smith) sees no need for change; yet to add to her complex character, we see her making decisions that are in keeping with the times. It's a head-shaking moment when we see the lady's maid dress the women for bed, pulling on their dressing robe, only to have said lady walk to her bedside and remove it before getting in bed. However, what a delight to peek inside that remarkably honest picture of that lifestyle. The character of Edith, breaking out of her insecurities and becoming a business woman is wonderful and encouraging. Her sister, Mary (whom I suspect we are not to like overly much) is well done by Michelle Dockery, and portrays her own insecurities, albeit in a more covert manner. The downstairs staff is wonderfully integrated. Poor Mr. Carson whose identity is seemingly tied to THE FAMILY. He's sweetly endeared to Lady Mary and completely devoted to Robert, and he is definitely struggling with changes in the Abbey as well as in the world. Thomas Barrow, the troubled valet/servant--unlikeable from the beginning, now showing (only us) his hurts. Will Mrs. Patmore find love? Will Daisy leave the Abbey? There are so many more characters to contemplate. I look forward to seeing how the conclusion is written.
It's currently my favorite TV show, and I have been watching since the beginning. The storylines are well-developed and intriguing - but don't get me started on the characters. Even the most minor characters are perfect. 10/10!
Thank goodness this is finally over. I quit watching after they gratuitously insisted on the rape storyline. That ruined it. Julian Fellowes seemed obsessed with this. First spending episode after episode with Bates being the murder suspect and then pointing the finger at Anna. Why did this show need that? IT DIDN'T!!!!! There is no defense. Please don't give me the "this kind of thing happens and should be depicted, in order to be true to the realities of How sad! It was SICK!
I have viewed a lot of TV Series in my life, but none captivated me as much as Downton Abbey. The acting, to begin with, is absolutely stunning; It is a rare Series with one writer and the story lines are fabulous along with great reactions from the characters; The music composition is the greatest in history; the locations are marvelous; the directing is beautiful and last, but not least, the costumes are amazing. If you have not watched Downton Abbey, you are missing out on the jaw-dropping Drama.
had to go though 3 seasons given the high this show sucks R GOOD BUT THAT DOESNT MEAN ITS can handle slow plots n storytelling but this show is just melodramatic n be bcoz its british way of getting high rating for their own shows and I SUPPOSE THIS IS TO SHOW TO THE WORLD HOW GOOD n KINDHEARTED N SIMPLE WERE THE LORDS N LADY'S OF ENGLAND, JUST TO DOWNPLAY THE THOUGHT OF 1000 YEARS OF TYRANNY N SUPRESSION...
Absolutely great drama by ITV and Masterpiece! I own all four series on DVD and have watched all episodes. This is a drama that is outstanding in acting, location, costumes, music and everything English. We in America are truly in love with Downton Abbey; I love the character of Lady Mary the best but, everyone on the program is great. lt is a shame that American actors have become only celebrities and not true dramatists; I mostly watch English programs when they are available. Again, great job Julian Fellowes and all.
In the glorious tradition of shows like Upstairs Downstairs, Downton Abbey does not disappoint. Lady Mary Crawley played by Michelle Dockery is by far my favorite character. She is smart and witty and brilliantly written.
I find myself intrigued by her ability to capture the audience with a single stare. Michelle is fantastic. Who would have believed her success. Isn't this show one of the very greats. I look forward to each episode with enthusiasm. Keep up the great work.
I've watched Series 4 live as I've been in the area and despite what some have said I think it keeps up the high standards of series past. I did feel there was one aspect in the series that seemed slightly too contrived but I don't want to give away anything. Suffice it to say I think it resolves well as the series goes along and takes us into an interesting realm.
As for those folks who'll be waiting for Paul Giamatti's appearance, it seems he'll only be in the Christmas Special. So don't hold your breath... I just hope I make it back for the special, I couldn't stand to wait until it's released in the Americas.
Over all I liked this series/season and where it went and I'm sure you'll enjoy it as well: They rounded out a few long time characters and gave us some more romantic entanglements as well as new characters to get to know. My favorite being Charles Blake, who's portrayed by Julian Ovenden and is probably best known to American audiences as Andrew Foyle from the ITV program Foye's War.
The show is a phenomenal drama show with the addition of Paul Giamatti.
Downton Abbey Season 4 is a show that takes place in 1912 during the sinking of the Titanic. Set on an Edwardian country house in Downton Abbey Season 4, life is idyllic and busting for a family called the Crawley's. The inhabitants of Downton Abbey, Robert, Earl of Grantham, his American heiress wife Cora and their three daughters, along with Robert's mother Violet, haven't lived a particularly tough life living in luxury with the help of a cadre of servants.
This show is absolutely flawless. It's exceeds all others because period dramas have been done countless times but Downton keeps it fresh and that it is why it exceeds Hannibal, Homeland, breaking bad and Mad Men. The cast is also supreme - Maggie smith.
I love this show because it shows that "I'm better than you" attitude that we just don't see in England anymore; unless you're in the royal family. A great series and great acting for the most part! Some of the characters are highly believable especially Maggie Smith. I just think she's perfect for the part.
I wasn't certain what to expect when I started watching the opening season of Downton Abbey, but somewhere around the second or third episode, I got hooked. After that first day, I "marathoned" all three seasons in order to catch up.
To me, this is basically a prime-time Soap Opera with continuing storylines, featuring high drama, some comedic lightness, and terrific acting. It's definitely not satirical or tongue-in-cheek (like Desperate Housewives) or overly campy and unbelievable (like Dynasty), but more of a Knots Landing (the best nighttime soap ever!) set in the world of Upstairs, Downstairs, meaning enjoyable stories, a talented ensemble cast, believable characters you care about, and a fascinating historical setting. The locations and sets and costumes are outstanding as well, and the whole series is produced with a top-notch level of quality that only British TV can muster. Although Maggie Smith is a standout among the cast, stealing every scene in which she appears (due, mostly, to her laugh-out-loud one-liners), she's completely surrounded by actors who can easily handle the chore of delivering the own goods each and every episode.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be on the edge of your seat for many of the storylines. Overall, an excellent show thus far! Bully to the Brits for creating such a great series! I can't wait for Season Four!
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