Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey

Season 1

DVD - 2011 | Widescreen version.
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Set in an Edwardian country house in 1912, Downton Abbey portrays the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them. In the drawing rooms, library, and beautiful bedrooms, with their tall windows looking across the park, lives the family, but below stairs are other residents, the servants, as fiercely possessive of their ranks as anyone above.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS Distribution ; Boston, Mass. : WGBH, [2011].
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9781608833894
Branch Call Number: DOWNT
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (368 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Nov 07, 2019

This is a great series. For even more insight into the times and the manor houses, borrow and see the Iconic British Estates video that go into more detail.

You will meet Cora in these videos. She was not the only wealthy American woman to marry and save a manor house.

May 28, 2019

So I'm usually into the action, fantasy, sci-fi genre, I watched the first episode and I was totally totally totally hooked! I'm on season five now! Even though it is not fast-paced or action-packed, something about it is just so good! The actors are absolutely amazing, and the characters they portray are great and unique. They make you feel like you are living your life with them and you feel so attached to them! There are some super heart-breaking moments but there are some equally joyful and hilarious moments as well. Everyone in this time period is so polite while at the same time giving polite burns! It's hilarious!
I can't wait for the movie that is coming out this fall!!! :)

Even if you never watch this type of movie about nobility and patriarchs and aristocrats you will truly enjoy this show and it will draw you in until you find your self praying for one character over the other. The cast is extraordinary and the performances beyond any wild imagining are exquisite! I am glad I only watched bits and pieces from the actualy tv offering because it is priceless to be able to get the dvds for a couple of seasons at a time and week-end binge on Downton Abbey. HIghly appraised and for obvious reasons. It is remarkable how there are so many various activities and plots going on at the same time. I so wait for O'Bryan to get her come uppance and then there is the manipulative, misunderstood Thomas. The perfect formula of antagonists and heroines abound in this movie series. Highly suggest you take more than one season at a time because you Will NOT want to wait to see what happens next. I have laughed, cried and been amazed at the actions, the period, the entirety of this offering is so well worth the time! My thanks to the library staff for including it among its valuable offerings. Libraries offer such a valuable service and I am thankful!

ArapahoeKati Jan 03, 2019

I love everything about this show, from the casting to the time period, the wit and the drama. If you love period films but you want to settle in for something longer (how about six seasons?), then you won't be disappointed Downton Abbey.

Jul 31, 2018

I resisted watching this series for a long time can watching a bunch of aritocrats going about their daily lives be of any interest? That'd equate to watching paint dry or grass grow...BUT...was I ever wrong.

I was hooked from the first episode, despite my preference for no-dialogue-action-hero movies. Great cinematography, characters, storyline, performers, and everything else you could think of to make a great tv show/movie. A must watch.

May 12, 2018

Perhaps my first incursion into the life of English nobility in the early 1900s, Downton Abbey certainly converted me. A great peek into the lives of both the nobility and their servants. Who knew how difficult and prestigious it was to be an upper ranking servant! The show also offers a unique look into the relationships between the upstairs and downstairs classes.

Downton Abbey has created what is quite possibly the perfect formula of television for my tastes. I cared about the characters in a way that I rarely do for other shows. I felt their pain and took joy in their victories. The stakes in Downton Abbey are very real. But the show isn't all doom and gloom! Romance is abound. Top that off with the quips of Lady Violet (Maggie Smith is in top form) and Carson's stern yet teddybear-esque demeanor and we have a wonderfully well-rounded show.

Jul 05, 2017

My absolute favorite show ever! So amazing!!!

Oct 16, 2016

Great drama about British culture with an upstairs / downstairs perspective. The Earl and his family (upstairs) live in a fancy mansion and indulge in all sorts of silly scheming. The folk downstairs; servants, cooks, valets, etc. have their own drama and scheming going on. Maggie Smith is brilliant as the old Auntie. The Earl is trying to figure out who can inherit the fancy estate under a restrictive will, the silly daughters are rather clueless. Great acting ensemble! Series 1 starts with the sinking of the Titanic, Series 2 starts off with WWI. Excellent, interesting show. If you missed it while it was on t.v. (like me) be sure to watch the these DVDs.

Aug 17, 2016

I too never watched it while it was running and decided to see what all the fuss was about. I'm actually glad I waited to see it on dvd because then I don't have to wait too long to see the next episode! What a WONDERFUL program. Maggie Smith is incomparable (as always). I love the humor and the drama. I'm only on Season 2 and have Seasons 3 and 4 on hold (good thing I'm on vacation this week). This will be a program I'll need to purchase so I can enjoy it more than once.

Aug 13, 2016

My friends watch this show a lot and I never used to. I decided to give it a try and see why they loved it so much and I can see why. This show is amazing!!! Definitely one of my top favorites. The acting is very good and I like how they focus on both floors of the household. The servants and the wealthy. It adds fun twists to the story. I am already through season three. Yay!!! So sad that it is finished it was a good show.

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