Downton Abbey

The Best Television of 2013 | 12 Jan 2014 // 9:14 PM

Perhaps the most stunning element of this years list is the lack of domination by the broadcast networks. In fact, there are more streaming and pay cable shows taking top honors than any Big Three offering. The future of the medium is here and now.

Lady and the Dyke: The Queer Possibilities of ‘Downton Abbey’ | 16 Jul 2013 // 6:14 PM

The great house dramas, which mix nostalgia for archaic politics with rural prejudice, are a curious venue to explore queer history.


Darkness Comes to 'Downton' | 3 Feb 2014 // 3:00 AM

Season 4 of Downton Abbey is suddenly like the British aristocracy’s version of Breaking Bad.

'Downton Abbey's Poor Relations | 1 Nov 2013 // 5:35 AM

What's so captivating about Downton Abbey is that the servants are thrust into the forefront, wholly realized characters themselves and often the ones we care about most.


'Downton Abbey: Season 3, Episode 5': Let's Break Into a List to, You Know, Lighten the Mood | 28 Jan 2013 // 1:00 AM

Serious business occurs in this week’s episode, and it doesn’t involve marginal progress in one of the lame stories, or a footman spilling something at dinner. No, this is about as good as the show gets, and it really is predicated on shocking you.

Downton Abbey: Season 3, Episode 4 | 21 Jan 2013 // 5:00 AM

An episode that churns along well enough for the most part, and really marks a pivot-point in terms of the primary plot for the season.


'Downton Abbey' Cast Hits a Period of Quiet Anticipation Near Finale | 5 Jun 2015 // 4:05 AM

HIGHCLERE, England — On a recent afternoon, the skies over Highclere Castle were a brilliant blue more reminiscent of Southern California than the Hampshire countryside, but

PBS' 'Downton Abbey' Begins 4th Season Jan. 5 | 5 Jan 2014 // 7:04 AM

The oldest of sayings is that you can’t avoid death and taxes. Both of those dominate the opening episodes of the new fourth season

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