Downton Abbey

2010 NR 6 seasons

Downton Abbey

2010 NR 6 seasons
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Exposing the snobbery, backbiting and machinations of a disappearing class system, this series chronicles the comings and goings of the upper-crust Crawley family and their assorted servants.
Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Jessica Brown Findlay, Laura Carmichael, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Siobhan Finneran, Joanne Froggatt, Thomas Howes, Rob James-Collier, Rose Leslie, Phyllis Logan, Sophie McShera
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  4
  • SEASON  5
  • SEASON  6

Summary of Season 1 (2010) - 3 discs

Exposing the snobbery of an old class system, this series follows the upper-crust Crawley family and their assorted servants. The Crawleys delight in their aristocratic life -- until the sinking of the Titanic muddles their line of inheritance.
Blu-ray DVD
Full Screen 1.33:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that there are plenty of adult themes in this popular BBC series -- sex, scandal, and cover up; sexual assault; thievery; blackmail; sudden death -- but all are handled in very buttoned-up Edwardian English fashion. When an unmarried woman sleeps with a male visitor, both are still completely clothed when the camera cuts away. Both opposite-sex and same-sex couples kiss. There are some sad and/or tense moments (a corpse is dragged down a hallway, a medical procedure is shown in detail, a woman dies in childbirth, a beloved character is raped), but overall Downton Abbey offers the typical costume drama experience, complete with backstabbing sisters (they can be really cruel), out-of-touch but usually well-meaning upper-class characters, and a few scheming servants amidst an otherwise loyal and steadfast house staff.

Sexual Content

Passionate, clothed kissing on a bed leads to implied sex. Additional kissing between both opposite-sex and (rarely) same-sex couples. A footman and a duke talk about their secret affair, and the same footman makes advances toward another man and is rejected. Big drama occurs when a soldier finds out his injury will prevent him from having children. Some innuendo. An unmarried couple sneaks away for a secret tryst; birth control comes into play.


A brief, unpleasant scene on the operating table -- fluid is pumped out of a man's heart. Another man's leg is shown covered in sores. A corpse lies in a bed and is dragged down a hallway. A couple of fist fights -- blood is drawn after one. A pregnant woman takes a fall and loses her baby (nothing is shown). The second season focuses more on World War I; some scenes take place in the trenches with active bombing, some injuries, and lots of tension -- as well as the aftermath (recovering from wounds, etc.). Some very sad deaths.


Infrequent. One sister calls another a slut; a couple of uses of the word "bitch."

Social Behavior

Bonds of family and friendship are tested repeatedly but generally stand strong; when push comes to shove, most characters have one another's back. Loyalty to Downton and its residents is strong. Themes include -- on one hand -- adultery, betrayal, manipulation, and revenge and -- on the other -- dealing with the inevitability of change, broadening your perspective/options, and learning to embrace new ideas.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Servants smoke cigarettes often, and lords and dukes smoke cigars (accurate for the time period). Wine and spirits are served with dinner and after. A footman steals wine. Occasional drunkenness.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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