Downton Abbey: Should You Land Upon The Elegant 20th Century World Of Conventions?**SPOILERS**

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Downton Abbey is a renowned period drama set in the early 20th Century. It is a series that is packed with wholesome drama, sibling rivalry, politics, contemporary issues, love, betrayal, and more, purely focussing on the ideas that offer you a delightful time altogether.

TOTT is here with a review so ***Big Spoilers*** ahead

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If you have watched Jane Austins’ Pride And Prejudice, or  Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, then this drama is perfect for you.

Downton Abbey/ Picture Credit: Carnival Films, WGBH-TV
Downton Abbey/ Picture Credit: Carnival Films, WGBH-TV

Downton Abbey: What About The Series?

The introductory theme “Did I Make the Most of Loving You?” composed by John Lunn is something that touches your heart and soul, the very first time you hear the melody.

So the series begins with an uneventful incident of Titanic where the fictional Crawley family suffers losing their immediate heir of the plot Downton Abbey. Also, they lose their would-be son-in-law in the process. The series is usually centered around this family and the life of Lord Grantham and their servants.

Downton Abbey/ Picture Credit: Carnival Films, WGBH-TV
Downton Abbey/ Picture Credit: Carnival Films, WGBH-TV

They continue with their regular events of a typical rich traditional family, having butlers, footmen, valets, housemaids, and lady’s maids managing their daily occasions.

The audience gets to witness numerous development both in the relationships and the society, shown in this whole span of 6 seasons. From surviving a conventional backdrop to slowly transitioning to a modern way of lifestyle, where we even find ladies attending fashion shows. Well, the drama has lots in store. From happy occasions bringing tears of joy to painful heart-wrenching situations, it is a package deal.

Downton Abbey/ Picture Credit: Carnival Films, WGBH-TV
Downton Abbey/ Picture Credit: Carnival Films, WGBH-TV

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Downton Abbey: Things That You Might Like

Family Matters: Yes, as we grow up, the topic of family bonds grows strong. Downton Abbey shows how family disputes have the power to break you and make you. You get to see numerous issues that every family comes up with. But with time they resolve and grow strong together. Downton Abbey is no different, hence we find and experience once again that family matters.

Downton Abbey/ Picture Credit: Carnival Films, WGBH-TV
Downton Abbey/ Picture Credit: Carnival Films, WGBH-TV

The Ladies: From service class to the Dowager lady, we find numerous women showcasing their situations brilliantly. Being a woman is not an easy task, and a woman with ambitions was certainly not. Hence the slow yet eventual growth of all the ladies in the story was brilliant. We see women getting insulted, beaten, and harassed, but still standing strong. Additionally, the show showed women’s empowerment in a sophisticated way, which you will enjoy.

Downton Abbey/ Picture Credit: Carnival Films, WGBH-TV
Downton Abbey/ Picture Credit: Carnival Films, WGBH-TV

The Characters: None of the characters were lightly written. You will find depth in each of the individuals portrayed in this British television show. From writing a mere servant to an Earl Of Grantham, you will find depth in each of their emotions. Well, we, the human being is not easy to understand. Just like the idea, each of the characters is flawed. You will find them relatable. Hence you will enjoy each of the episodes without a doubt.

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Downton Abbey: Things You Might Not Like

Sibling Rivalry: Well the toxic sibling relationship portrayal was too much. Seeing such poisonous sibling relationships is painful. The drama shows numerous sibling energy blooming, but the toxic relationship between the Crawly sisters was not at all acceptable and it was sad.

Downton Abbey/ Picture Credit: Carnival Films, WGBH-TV
Downton Abbey/ Picture Credit: Carnival Films, WGBH-TV

The Question Of Love: Precisely speaking all big emotional fools would mind what Downton Abbey showed. We cannot replace the love for our mother with anyone else, or the love for our father, sibling, or grandparents we have. Then why do people tend to fall for another man/woman when they lose their beloved in the course of life.

The romantic relationships in Downton Abbey were not at all strong. They tend to find love numerous times. Well, showing marriage after becoming a widow is certainly something appealing. Additionally accepting the child from the previous marriage is again a very brave step (since we find dispute even today).

Downton Abbey/ Picture Credit: Carnival Films, WGBH-TV
Downton Abbey/ Picture Credit: Carnival Films, WGBH-TV

But not taking the name of the love after a certain period of time is too shallow. Like there was no depth in the previous relationship you had. They died, and now you are free to live once again with a happy mind without remembering your love for the departed, for once.

Each one from the young generation meets new love, and they fall in love very quickly as well. So, what about the feelings, what about the emotion you had for the man/woman you were in a relationship with, till now.

Downton Abbey/ Picture Credit: Carnival Films, WGBH-TV
Downton Abbey/ Picture Credit: Carnival Films, WGBH-TV

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The Wonderful Cast Of Downton Abbey

Well, you have-

  • Hugh Bonneville playing Robert Crawley Earl of Grantham
  •  Elizabeth McGovern playing his wife Cora Crawley Countess of Grantham
  • Michelle Dockery playing Lady Mary Crawley
  •  Laura Carmichael playing Lady Edith Crawley
  •  Jessica Brown Findlay playing Lady Sybil Crawley
  • Maggie Smith playing Robert Crawley’s mother Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
  •  Samantha Bond playing Lady Rosamund Painswick
  • Jim Carter playing Mr. Carson
  •  Phyllis Logan playing Mrs. Hughes
  • Rob James-Collier playing Thomas Barrow
  • Brendan Coyle playing Mr. Bates
  • Joanne Froggatt playing Anna
  • Kevin Doyle playing Mr. Molesley
Downton Abbey/ Picture Credit: Carnival Films, WGBH-TV
Downton Abbey/ Picture Credit: Carnival Films, WGBH-TV

TOTT’s Take On Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey is available both on Netflix and on Amazon Prime. It is a great show that represents natural human behavior in a tuned-up posh sophisticated way. You get to watch the actors go deep in their character portrayal without leaving a spot to question. They are some talented artists that mesmerizingly gave the show life.

Downton Abbey/ Picture Credit: Carnival Films, WGBH-TV
Downton Abbey/ Picture Credit: Carnival Films, WGBH-TV

In 2019, Downton Abbey came up with a 2 hour-long movie showing the recent changes in their beautiful life. Additionally, it is reported that the Downton Abbey New era is about to come in just a few days which is again a piece of great news to hear.

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TOTT gives the series 4/5 stars.

So, when you are going to re-watch the series? Also, do you agree with us? Make sure to comment down below.

But this is all for today hope to meet you all very soon in our next publication, bye-bye…

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