Downton Abbey

Your Weekly TV News Roundup: Sarah Jessica Parker Returns to TV, Natasha Lyonne Joins ‘Girls’

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week, Sarah Jessica Parker returns to TV, Downton Abbey gets a Season 5 promo, and Natasha Lyonne joins Girls. … Read More

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‘Downton Abbey’ Season 4 Finale Recap

I hate to say it, but they saved the best for last with the Downton Abbey Season 4 finale, which aired as a Christmas special in the UK. They took us away from the estate, and gave us a reason to remember what made the show so appealing early on, by featuring interesting subplots and plenty of great costumes. … Read More

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‘Downton Abbey’ Season 4 Episode 7 Recap

There is a chance that this fourth season of Downton Abbey will end up pulling one out during the home stretch, and we’ll be able to look back on all of it (save for the Anna rape scene) fondly. It’s something I didn’t think possible during the season’s early episodes, but as we inch closer to the finale, Downton doesn’t seem ready to let itself become one of those shows that’s great for a few seasons, then starts to rot away by the third or fourth. … Read More

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‘Downton Abbey’ Season 4 Episode 5 Recap

We find ourselves at the midway point of this latest season of the Decline and Fall of the English Aristocracy — also known as Downton Abbey – looking at our empty hands, wondering if Julian Fellowes is going to take pity on us and breathe some life into the stagnant estate we all love. Things have been moving slowly in this fourth season, and throughout the first few episodes, I’ve wondered how the show could change but suspected it might not. Last night’s episode, however, gave me some hope. … Read More

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‘Downton Abbey’ Season 4 Episode 4 Recap

Things just keep getting more and more awkward around Downton just a week after Anna was raped by Lord Gillingham’s valet, Mr. Green. Mrs. Hughes tries to help Tom by threatening Edna, who claims she could be pregnant after their drunken hookup, telling her, “First I’ll lock you in this room. Then when he’s arrived, I’ll tear the clothes from your body and hold you down if that’s what it takes.” The head housekeeper’s threat comes after confronting the lady’s maid who is trying to corner Tom into marriage. These attempts to scare her into telling the truth and stay out of Tom’s life come too soon after what may have been the show’s Waterloo, extending an unfortunate new trend on the show of violence and threats towards female characters. Is Edna a bad apple? I guess that depends where you feel other characters rank in terms of their willingness to step over others to get what they want. But a threat like that only expands the black cloud that has been hovering atop our favorite estate. We’re meant to believe that Hughes is telling Edna that she’d tear her clothes off and forcibly hold her down while a doctor examines her to see if she’s pregnant or not would be for good, but there is something very wrong with the idea of any person, no matter how evil you might think they are, being threatened in such a way. … Read More

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Ranking ‘Downton Abbey’ Characters by Moral Reprehensibility

Recently at Vulture, Amanda Dobbins produced a list of items that explain why everything bad that happens on Downton Abbey is Lord Grantham’s fault. It’s difficult to disagree with her assessment; beyond the great costumes, family drama, and snippy servants, Downton is first and foremost a show about the last days of the English empire, and nobody is as perfect a symbol of that downfall as old-fashioned Robert Crawley, with his unique ability to screw up the lives of everybody around him. … Read More

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‘Downton Abbey’ Season 4 Episodes 1 and 2 Recap

Sometimes it’s difficult, while watching Downton Abbey, to feel sympathy for any of the show’s characters, be it the various members of the Grantham clan or the servants who run the household. For me, the obvious plot that comes to mind is Bates’ prison stint for the murder he didn’t commit. All we should want is for the goodhearted Bates to live free with his beloved Anna, but he is always such a martyr that we stop feeling bad for him anymore. Downton Abbey‘s biggest problem is that it makes the characters so saccharin and so proper that it’s hard to genuinely like or relate to them. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to 2014 Midseason TV

Community returned last night after a long hiatus, and with a new helping of original creator Dan Harmon. It was the inaugural punch of a really strong midseason slate of new and returning shows. At this point we’re starting to prefer the January-March run of new stuff to the fall, actually. Here’s all the most interesting shows that will either premiere or start new seasons in the next three months. … Read More

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