Downton Abbey: Season 2 Reviews

September 15, 2017
The delicious period drama returns, and is even more grandly addictive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 29, 2016
Watching Downton Abbey remains a treat worthy of blankets and biscuits and rapt adoration. Its shortcomings merely take away some of the polish.
June 29, 2016
Those Downton fans who waited impatiently for season two will be more than amply rewarded.
June 29, 2016
This is a production that reminds people of the rarefied air PBS can occupy,creating a stately showcase for elegant and (let's face it) older-skewing material.
June 29, 2016
We are again cosseted in the warm glow of incredible talent impeccably used, on display in its gem-studded cast, gorgeous sets and costumes, and often moving, always unobtrusively witty script.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 29, 2016
Downton Abbey looks for all the world as though it's steaming steadily toward happy or at least contented endings for one and all. So be it -- and so it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 29, 2016
It is both an absorbing costume drama and an intriguing story of reality intruding on a fantastic way of life.
June 29, 2016
The new series vibrates excitingly on many frequencies, but it specially resonates as a rare hybrid of domestic drama and shelter porn.
June 29, 2016
The first two or three episodes of the new season are magnificent and even better than all of the first year of the Emmy-winning show
Top Critic
June 29, 2016
Much grimmer, grayer and (gasp) dowdier. Still mostly wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 29, 2016
There's no denying the show has aspirational fantasy as its hook: I've even heard the Crawleys compared to the Kardashians. But I prefer to think of Downton as an experimental take on Fiddler on the Roof.
June 29, 2016
This time around, the series comes off as a shameless throwback to itself.
June 29, 2016
The series seamlessly moves between the horrors of war and the gentility of life in the show's titular 100-room manor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 29, 2016
Downton Abbey was the best TV show of 2011 and give or take Mad Men it could also be the best show of 2012.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 29, 2016
The show, which shifts shape between comedy and drama, is less about the sensational moment than about the texture of the relationships.
June 29, 2016
One of the great melodramas of the modern television age.
June 29, 2016
This Downton Abbey frequently works, as the first one did, as a peppery little trifle. Except now it's a big trifle.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 29, 2016
The two Downton seasons so far provide an engrossing escape to an age on the verge of technological and social change.
June 29, 2016
Viewers are likely to be reaching for the tissue box more often on this go 'round.
June 29, 2016
The TV equivalent of a deep-fried, double-stuffed Oreo cookie: so artificial, so ridiculous, but also so delicious.
Full Review | Original Score: B