Title: Downton Abbey (2010-2015)
Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Rob James-Collier, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton, Kevin Doyle, Allen Leech, David Robb, Siobhan Finneran, Dan Stevens, Raquel Cassidy, Lily James, Jessica Brown Findlay, Samantha Bond, Matt Milne, Ed Speleers, Douglas Reith, Paul Copley, Thomas Howes, Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, and Iain Glen
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Original Language(s): English
No. of Series: 6
No. of Episodes: 52
Genre: Drama, Romance
Running Time: 48-58 minutes, 92-93 minutes (Christmas Specials)
Original Network: ITV (UK), PBS (US)
This British drama series follows the lives of the Crawley family and its servants in the family’s classic Georgian country house. The series begins with the 1912 sinking of the Titanic, which leaves Downton Abbey’s future in jeopardy, since the presumptive heirs of Robert, Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville)—his cousin James, and James’ son, Patrick—die in the catastrophe, leaving the family without a male offspring to take over Downton when the current lord dies. The point is important since Lord Grantham’s children are daughters—Ladies Mary (Michelle Dockery), Edith (Laura Carmichael) and Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay), but the facets of their lives and of those of the below-stairs staff—also a highly regimented world—have fascinating story lines.
After quite some time, I have finally watched this Downton Abbey. I am pretty excited because I am in love with England and to see old England is something awesome and surreal too. The setting in Downton Abbey really embodied the old England really really well.
“I’m not a romantic, but even I concede that the heart does not exist solely for the purpose to pump blood.” – Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
I must say most of the characters are sort of the characters that will make you love and hate simultaneously or alternately. It’s pretty confusing, you know. There’s a time when you hate the character but then you’ll love the character. There are only a few characters that I truly love without hate at all. I think it’s just 2-3 characters the most. Like seriously. The rest of them are like ‘Oh my, I hate her/him’ and then the next episode you’ll like ‘Oh my, he/she is actually very good’. So yep, it’s stirring your feelings but in a good way, of course. I like the character of Anna Smith played by Joanne Froggatt and the character of Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham played by Dame Maggie Smith. I am happy when I found out that they have actually won the Golden Globes for their role. Aren’t they amazing? No wonder there. I also like the character of Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham played by Elizabeth McGovern. Aside from them, I kind of between like and don’t like the characters. As for the men, I like the character of Matthew Crawley played by Dan Steven and Henry Talbot played by Matthew Goode. I also like the character of Mr Carson played by Jim Carter and Mrs Hughes played by Phyllis Logan. It’s funny to see Mr Carson and Mrs Hughes. They can sometimes give you a good laugh. There are many characters that I like but at the same time, I kind of don’t like. Yeah, it’s confusing but it’s true. If you have watched Downton Abbey, you’ll know how I feel, right?
Aside from the relationship between Mr Carson and Mrs Hughes, I also like the relationship between Violet Crawley and Isobel Crawley. These two cousins are both looked so great together. Even though they seemed to not like each other, in the end, they are like best friends and very funny together. The sarcasm between them will absolutely make you laugh. Actually, it’s Violet who always gives the sarcasm but the way both of them interacted with each other is undeniable. They are funny in their own way.
I kind of sad when Dan Stevens who played the character of Matthew Crawley left the series. Though I don’t particularly like him at first, I do like him after one series. I find him pretty handsome. I’m sure many of the audiences were so mad of how the story turned out to be when Dan Stevens decided to leave the show. However, Matthew Goode joined the cast and I was so excited because he is really handsome, like really. His voice is so mesmerising and attractive. I did not pay much attention when he was in The Imitation Game (2014) because let’s just say, I am more focused on Benedict Cumberbatch. I did know he is handsome even back then and seeing him in Downton Abbey only confirms me that he is really indeed very handsome.
There are many characters that I think are interesting but left the series pretty quick, though there are some characters that I’m glad left the series as well. Aside from the main characters, I am very interested in the character of Charles Parks. He’s super cute!! I don’t particularly adore children the way my sister does, but Frank or Mariusz Lewis who played the character of Charles Parks are just so cute! I’ve just known they are twins, even though they only played one character in Downton Abbey and unfortunately only took a very very small part. I think it’s just one or two episodes the most.
Anyway, what I adore about Downton Abbey is mostly about the setting. It’s very 1910s to 20s old England. Everything in the series is awesome! I don’t know how they managed to get everything, from the cars, the house, everything. I can understand the clothes, but the place is pretty hard if I have to say. It’s not easy to have all the 1910s to 20s’ cars like in this series. Seriously, Downton Abbey’s design production is just superb and awesome and jaw-dropping. I don’t know if it’s because the setting is so good, or because I really love England that makes Downton Abbey so awesome in my eyes. But it is indeed a global phenomenon series and worth to watch.
As for the stories, Downton Abbey has a very good story and very much interesting. I haven’t really watched a film or a series about this kind of story and this kind of setting. I have watched a lot of historical dramas and films, but they are pretty much really old and historical, whereas Downton Abbey took the time between old age and new age, where they started to introduce you about electricity or telephone, things like that. Downton Abbey started after the time when Titanic sink and then during the World War I and after the war as well. So yeah, it is very much interesting to see. The thing that I really like about British TV series is that they didn’t take many episodes for one series. They only have maximum 13 episodes in one series and Downton Abbey is no exception. They have 8 episodes in one series plus 1 episode of Christmas edition. Therefore, I am so excited to watch Downton Abbey even though it’s already 6 series in total. However, in Game of Thrones, I kind of not like the short episodes in one series because let’s face it, Game of Thrones is too huge to be wrapped in 10 episodes.
If you asked me about the ending, I have to say I really really like the ending. I love everything about it, even though I wish some characters didn’t leave the series. However, if Dan Stevens didn’t leave the series, I don’t think Matthew Goode’s character will exist, so yep, I’m pretty excited and pretty sad at the same time too. Although mostly I am very excited. I laugh a bit when I watched this series. Mostly because their expressions are so good. They didn’t try to be funny and I think that’s what makes it even funnier. Their sarcasm can be really epic. Oh, I forgot to mention about the dog! She is so cute and adorable. And I must say she’s very clever. She followed her masters really well. Wherever her masters go—or to be exact Robert Crawley—she will follow around quietly. She’s just so clever! I wish I have a dog like her.
So all in all, I really really like Downton Abbey. I think this is a good TV series with a good story and excellent settings. I guess no wonder why Downton Abbey won and nominated for Golden Globes and Primetime Emmy Awards. And it is one of the most popular TV series.
I give Downton Abbey 8.5 out of 10 stars. However, for the design production of this series, I will give them 10 stars! The setting, the costumes, the places—either the houses, the castles, the streets, and all—everything in Downton Abbey is so superb and awesome. They did worth 10 stars for that.