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Downton Abbey Season 2

Changes In Store For 'Downton Abbey'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Toomer | Posted 06.26.2014 | Entertainment

Filming of Season 5 of "Downton Abbey" has been underway for a couple of months now, and while the Internet's been going crazy with rumors and theorie...

The Biggest Problem With 'Downton Abbey'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Toomer | Posted 05.28.2014 | TV

Big changes might be in store for the Crawley family when "Downton Abbey" returns for a fifth season next year. The PBS show has collected hordes ...

Why It's Better To Work Downstairs On 'Downton Abbey'

Posted 02.15.2013 | TV

Fancy dresses and spacious dining rooms only go so far on "Downton Abbey." According to Lesley Nicol, who plays Mrs. Patmore, the cook, on the PBS ...

In Defense Of Lady Edith

Leigh Weingus | Posted 02.11.2013 | TV
Leigh Weingus

The Crawley sisters have replaced the "SATC" ladies via Masterpiece's "Downton Abbey." There's the beautiful and sweet Sybil, who couldn't care less about the British class system and marrying below her, Mary, the object of every man's affections ... and Edith.

Everything You Forgot About 'Downton Abbey'

Posted 01.04.2013 | TV

The Crawleys are back! After being deprived of "Downton Abbey" for nearly a year, fans of the period drama will be let back inside Downton's extra...

WATCH: The Best Of The Dowager Countess

Posted 01.04.2013 | TV

Between surprise marriages, miraculous recoveries and untimely deaths, the drama never seems to end on "Downton Abbey." One character remains unfaz...

To Downton, With Love: A Writer Chimes In

Pam Jenoff | Posted 02.27.2013 | TV
Pam Jenoff

Downtown excels at drawing the reader in, using what we writers call "bridging conflict" -- an incident or event that sets the stage for the larger story.

How Downton Abbey Is In My Blood

Next Avenue | Posted 12.26.2012 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Elizabeth Wray A genealogical search reveals my dirty little secret life as a closet Brit! Despite my name, I nev...

Benedict Cumberbatch Calls 'Downton' 'F---ing Atrocious'

Posted 08.12.2013 | TV

Benedict Cumberbatch is back to bashing "Downton Abbey." The "Sherlock" star told Reader's Digest in the UK that the second season of the show was wor...

'Sherlock' Star Criticizes 'Downton Abbey' Season 2

Posted 04.26.2012 | TV

Delayed "Downton Abbey" Season 2 criticism continues, this time from "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch. In a new profile in the The New York Tim...

Lady Cora On Her Qualms With 'Downton' Season 2

Posted 04.26.2012 | TV

"Downton Abbey" Season 2 was a ratings hit for PBS, but it didn't exactly make waves with critics, or its stars. Elizabeth McGovern, known to "Downton...

'The Fresh Prince Of Downton Abbey'

Posted 03.07.2012 | TV

Who knew that when "Downton Abbey" met "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" the end result would be so amazing? It may have taken two seasons, but "Downton A...

LISTEN: Hysterical 'Downton Abbey' Rap

Posted 03.02.2012 | TV

It may have taken two seasons, but "Downton Abbey" has finally permeated pop culture, thanks to a very clever rap, written and produced by Adam WarRoc...

The Untold War Story -- Then and Now

Adam Hochschild | Posted 04.27.2012 | Home
Adam Hochschild

Filmmakers and novelists have long been fascinated by the way the optimistic, sunlit, pre-1914 Europe of emperors in plumed helmets and hussars on parade so quickly turned into a mass slaughterhouse on an unprecedented scale.

10 Career Lessons From The Season 2 Finale Of 'Downton Abbey'

The Grindstone | Posted 02.21.2012 | Women

Last night marked the Season 2 finale of the hit PBS series Downton Abbey. In case you have been living under a rock, Downton Abbey is the new big thi...

The Mistakes 'Downton Abbey' (And Other Shows) Should Avoid

Maureen Ryan | Posted 04.20.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

The second season of "Downton Abbey" has proved that creator Julian Fellowes is sloppy and inconsistent when it comes to writing for television.

'Downton Abbey's' Valentine's Day Cards

Posted 04.11.2012 | TV

Express your feelings for a loved one and "Downton Abbey" all at once with these printable Valentine's Day cards from artist Chad Thomas. Thomas was ...

Downton Abbey: A Blow to the Head and a Mysterious Tingle

Tom & Lorenzo | Posted 04.08.2012 | TV
Tom & Lorenzo

There was a bit of belly laughter last night when they tried to foist a blow-to-the-head-causing-amnesia plot on us. The singing was bad a couple episodes back, but now they're diving into a pool of soap opera tropes.

Maureen Ryan

The Maid We Love To Hate On 'Downton Abbey' | Maureen Ryan | Posted 01.25.2012 | TV

Actress Siobhan Finneran says she isn't often recognized as Sarah O'Brien, her scheming "Downton Abbey" character. As the actress noted during an ...

Why 'Downton Abbey' & 'Spartacus' Are The Same Show

Maureen Ryan | Posted 03.20.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

Downton and Spartacus may be set a couple thousand years apart, but both shows depict constant struggles for control and strenuous attempts to enforce laws and longstanding customs.

Downton Abbey Season Two, Episode Two: A World Fueled by Class

Tom & Lorenzo | Posted 03.17.2012 | Entertainment
Tom & Lorenzo

Whether its an attempt to hold on to the status quo in a world determined to shatter it or the last gasp of an aristocracy angrily slapping away the elements seeking to dissolve it, the upper classes got the upper hand this time around, which isnʼt exactly surprising.

Is Lady Mary Shopping at the Flea?

Brooklyn Flea | Posted 03.14.2012 | New York
Brooklyn Flea

Break out your drop-waist dresses and Edwardian walking skirts, ladies -- and gents too if so inclined! Downton Abbey is back.

'Downton Abbey' Costumes Are Recycled From Other Television Series and Movies

Posted 01.23.2014 | TV

It's enough to make the redoubtable Dowager Countess of Grantham blanch. Members of her aristocratic family wearing clothes previously worn by other p...

Aristocrats Stumble But 'Downton Abbey' Is Still Addictive

Maureen Ryan | Posted 03.06.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

Though you can still count me as a "Downton Abbey" fan, the period drama is a more labored, problematic affair this year. As it struggles to get dozens of different stories in motion, "Downton" lacks a certain elegance. But the good news is, despite the obvious growing pains, the show gets things right more often than it gets them wrong, especially as the season progresses.

Maureen Ryan

'Downton Abbey' Creator Julian Fellowes Previews Season 2 | Maureen Ryan | Posted 12.14.2011 | TV

The first season of the period drama "Downton Abbey" got rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic, but most American critics have yet to see the sec...