01:08 PM EDT 02/28/2015
Originally posted 01/04/2015 03:35PM
No meth labs. No superheroes. No steamy sex scenes. So what exactly is it that's got me – an avowed avoider of most things period, British and cozy – hooked on Downton Abbey?
As Season 5 kicks off (on PBS at 9 p.m. Sunday), I think it's the show's sense of human decency – amid rapidly changing times and trying circumstances – showcasing the Granthams' (and most of their circle's) ability to maintain stiff upper lips along with soft hearts.
Season 5 is a quiet but pleasurable one – nothing truly major happens, and that's just fine. After the devastation of World War I and, closer to home, the sudden death of Lady Mary's husband Matthew Crawley back in Season 3, there's enough tragedy still reverberating. As the characters all consider the next steps in their lives, here are some highlights of the new season (mild spoiler warning):
Originally posted 01/03/2015 11:30AM
Learn more about the new faces joining the fifth season of the popular period drama
Originally posted 12/30/2014 04:55PM
Sorry, guys. Roses just aren't going to cut it this year.
Originally posted 12/27/2014 06:00PM
The holidays are not over yet, because the gift of more great TV is just around the corner!
Here's a list of premiere dates for many of your favorite shows, including the air dates for must-see award shows like the Academy Awards and the Grammys:
Originally posted 12/18/2014 04:00PM
From cookie castles to small, sweet abodes, these stars are baking up adorable holiday homes
Originally posted 12/20/2014 09:45AM
The Downton fan made the edible replica for the actress who plays Mrs. Patmore on the series
Originally posted 12/19/2014 07:25PM
He's already Hollywood royalty, but now George Clooney has become an Earl – in the world of Downton Abbey, anyway.
Originally posted 12/19/2014 10:05AM
Can a girl get a better Christmas present than a kiss from George Clooney?
And not just any kiss. If you happen to be the Countess of Grantham, you get to enjoy a Clooney smooch the full length of your left arm from wrist to shoulder.
Originally posted 12/18/2014 08:05PM
Is anyone immune to the charms of George Clooney?
Clearly, the famously frosty occupants of Downton aren't – even the stiff upper lips of butler Carson and housekeeper Mrs. Hughes have been turned into glowing smiles by the Oscar-winner's presence.
The selfie was taken during the filming of Clooney's appearance in a special charity sketch of Downton Abbey. The hit period drama airs on British TV on Friday at 4 p.m. ET.
Originally posted 12/10/2014 03:15PM
[BRIGHTCOVE "20881357" "" "" "auto"] Who knew that Lady Edith Crawley could pound it out?
The Downton Abbey cast stopped by the PEOPLE Now studios on Wednesday just in time to hear that the show had been nominated for two Screen Actors Guild awards.
While Maggie Smith grabbed a nod for outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series, the cast was also honored with an ensemble nomination.
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