Downton Abbey on Masterpiece

Downton Abbey on Masterpiece

This British drama series follows the lives of the Crawley family and its servants in the family's classic Georgian country house. The series begins with the 1912 sinking of the Titanic, which leaves Downton Abbey's future in jeopardy, since the presumptive heirs of Robert, Earl of Grantham -- his cousin James, and James' son, Patrick -- die in the catastrophe, leaving the family without a male offspring to take over Downton when the current lord dies. The point is important since Lord Grantham's children are daughters -- Ladies Mary, Edith and Sybil, but the facets of their lives and of those of the below-stairs staff -- also a highly regimented world -- have fascinating story lines.

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Sun, 1/26 at 11:00 pm America/Chicago on Austin PBS HDTV

Downton has been turned into a convalescent home for wounded officers, and there is a lot to do; the arrival of the first patients has everyone scurrying.

Mon, 1/27 at 12:00 am America/Chicago on Austin PBS HDTV

Tensions flare between Isobel and Cora over the management of the convalescent home; Ethel's flirtation with Maj. Bryant lands her in more trouble that she could have anticipated.

Mon, 1/27 at 1:00 am America/Chicago on Austin PBS HDTV

Bates is taken aback when Vera threatens to expose old secrets which could bring down the Crawleys. Mary is the only one who can protect the family, but she pays a high price when she turns to Carlisle for help.

Sun, 2/2 at 10:00 pm America/Chicago on Austin PBS HDTV

Isobel has plans for Downton to continue to help the war wounded in some way after Robert's announcement that the ceasefire will begin on Nov. 11.

Sun, 2/2 at 11:00 pm America/Chicago on Austin PBS HDTV

Spanish flu reaches Downton, and desperate Thomas looks for a way to re-establish himself. Ethel faces a dilemma when the Bryants return with a heartbreaking proposition. Decisive, Anna forces Bates to think about their future.