'Downton Abbey' | 2010

Julian Fellowes' story of the Crawleys, an aristocratic family living in the womb-like castle of Downton Abbey with their servants, captured the hearts of many. The story unfolds in 1912 England, just after the Titanic has sunk with the Earl of Grantham's only male heir. Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) seeks to secure a new heir for his fortunes, which his American wife's dowry helped salvage for him once before. The upstairs-downstairs drama plays out among his family and servants. His three daughters bicker among themselves, and servants sabotage one another as they all work to reconcile the modernizing times with the aging Downton, a reminder embodied by the Dowager Countess of Grantham (Maggie Smith).
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