‘Downton Abbey’: 25 greatest episodes, ranked worst to best, starring Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, Jim Carter

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‘Downton Abbey’: 25 greatest episodes, ranked worst to best, starring Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, Jim Carter
It’s been nearly a decade since “Downton Abbey” burst upon the television scene. In anticipation of the upcoming theatrical movie, I’ve recently revisited the wonderful world of the British historical drama to rank the greatest 25 episodes in the photo gallery above. It’s true that this series is a melodrama, perhaps even a glorified soap opera. But its central theme is change, and how real-life historic events, as well as personal joys and crises, affect the fictional aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in England during the pivotal years 1912-1926.

The six seasons of “Downton” begins with the sinking of the “Titanic” in April of 1912, and the impact it has on the Crawley family, who has presided over the estate for generations. Several stories swirl at once, with dramas surrounding both the family “upstairs” and their staff “downstairs.” Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville), the current Earl of Grantham, his
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