Imagine life as an aristocrat between 1912 and 1926, when the world was undergoing significant upheaval. The sinking of the Titanic, World War 1, the Spanish influenza pandemic, the Marconi scandal, the Irish War of Independence, the Teapot Dome scandal, the Jallianwala Bagh massacre are some of the events of the times that rocked the stoic country estate of Downton Abbey.

But life goes on for the fictional Crawley family, hereditary Earls of Grantham, regardless of the chaos all around them. Even when the latest Earl, Robert, marries an American heiress in an effort to resolve past financial difficulties, servants still tend to the manor as has been done for generations, and their lives are wound throughout the Abbey. It’s a rich tapestry of finely-crafted drama that’s conducive to binge-watching.

Fan Favorite Episodes

  • S03:E09 – A Journey to the Highlands The Christmas special of season three is the epitome of the mix of incredibly happy with devastatingly sad, beginning with an unusual time-jump ahead by one year, with a gut-wrenching finale.

  • S01:E01 – The Sinking of the Titanic The Titanic goes down and takes Downton’s heirs to a watery grave. This pilot episode opens a window into twentieth century aristocracy and introduces a memorable cast.

  • S03:E05 – The Death of Sybil Sybil is in a life and death battle in bringing the newest Crawley into the world, and that battle divides the house in an episode of stunning beauty and shocking violence.

  • S02:E09 – Matthew Proposes to Mary The first Christmas special is an extended episode, and Christmas at Downton Abbey is a magical time indeed, but not without its share of drama and tension. The episode culminates in Matthew’s lavish proposal to his cousin Mary.

  • S01:E07 – O’Brien and the Soap Franz Ferdinand is assassinated, and the overarching theme of the series being the crumbling of the aristocratic world commences with the outbreak of World War One.