Downton (Yawn) Abbey — Is the Love Affair Over?

I wasn't one of the fans who was infuriated by the death of Matthew Crawley at the end of last season. Was it a surprise? Yes. An unpleasant one? Undoubtedly. But Downton Abbey has always been, first and foremost, a soap opera, and soap operas are known to pull such punches with their devoted audience. The actor Dan Stevens wanted to move on, and who can blame him? His character didn't really have anywhere that interesting to go, and maybe he wanted out of a show with such an obsessive fan base....more

Downton Abbey Is Back! Was the First Episode Fabulous or Depressing?

Downton Abbey has become an obsession on both sides of the pond and American fans who have been feeling withdrawal pangs finally relaxed when the fourth season returned last night (in Britain the fourth season aired in September 2013). It's now 1922 and the look of Downton is still sumptuous, but it also seems a little harsher and brighter, as if all the soft focus has gone out of the Crawleys' lives. Image: BBC America ...more
kimskandykreations I felt the same way. I watched the premiere of the new season, but I'm still ...more

"Downton Abbey", You're A Filthy, Filthy Tease

A lot happened on last Sunday night's Downton Abbey, but perhaps the biggest shock of all came when Masterpiece's Laura Linney announced at the end of the episode that this week would be the season finale. Yikes! Say it isn't so....more
@TheBlackTortoise Yes the women of Downton definitely seem to be more forward-thinking and ...more

From Time to Time

I recently just caught another fun little movie on cable, from Downton Abbey mastermind Julian Fellowes, From Time to Time. Released in 2009, the year before Downton Abbey premiered, From Time to Time stars Downton alums Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville, as well as Timothy Spall, Carice van Houten, ...more

We've Come a Long Way, Baby - from Downton Abbey

For everyone who tunes in to Downton Abbey for the fabulous period costumes and Upstairs, Downstairs-ish soap opera, those features were again in abundance, but this past Sunday's episode also turned up a twist — please don't read on if you haven't seen it yet and don't want a major spoiler. ...more

Noble vs. Nobility on Downton Abbey

Everyone loves Downton Abbey here in America, both the upstairs and downstairs intrigues. The third season currently in full swing, is already as fun and involving as the previous two. For me, one of the more interesting recurring themes of this and past seasons has been the characters' concept of "noble" acts or behavior. Can a modern person really fully connect with the idea of "doing the right thing," especially if that involves giving up something or someone you love or desire?...more

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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Downton Abbey: How Masterpiece Rocked My World

Although Downton Abbey just lowered the curtain on its second season, it seems like this is the year that everyone really started noticing what fun it is. It's basically a glorified soap opera, but the Brits know how to do soaps right....more
@Jane Collins That sounds interesting. I'll try to check them out, too. I think the different ...more

Downton Abbey Finale: Vote For Your Favorite Characters This Season

Season two of Downton Abbey has just ended. That wailing you hear is the sound of millions of American women who looked forward to Sunday so they could spend quality time with the inhabitants of a fairy tale castle across the "pond". The saga of the Crawleys and their servants has captivated viewers like no other program on PBS. Who would have dreamed that a period piece set in the early 1900s, sans even a hint of nudity, bad language or special effects, could evoke such passion in the hearts of 21st century TV viewers?...more
Where is Mrs Hughes in this list -- frankly I think she is the most well-acted of the bunch -- ...more