This article has the most up-to-date info on the status of Downton Abbey season 7 as we continuously monitor the news to keep you in the know. Unfortunately, PBS has officially canceled the series. There will be no season 7.
About the series
Downton Abbey is a British period drama created by Julian Fellowes and executive produced by Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame and Rebecca Eaton. It is a co-production between Carnival Films and Masterpiece. The original US release took place on January 9, 2011, and the current, confirmed to be the last sixth season premiered in the US on January 3, 2016 on PBS, following a UK run.
Downton Abbey follows the life of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants through several decades of the first half of the XXth century. Historical events not only serve as a backdrop to the multi-subplot family drama, the characters are often directly involved in them. A Yorkshire country mansion is home to Cora and Robert Crawley, their children and domestic servants, some of whom are almost family.
Reviews, ratings and cancelation
The series has been a commercial success and has become the viewers` darling. Downton Abbey is a lavish visual masterpiece that attempts to be as authentic as possible in its depiction of early 20th century life. The acting is impeccable (although some critics have picked on the inauthentic accents and some anachronisms in the dialogues), the characters pleasantly balanced, the melodrama is restrained and evokes sympathy.
The Metacritic rating of 91% for the first season has actually earned Downton Abbey a place in the Guinness Book of Records for the “Highest critical review ever for a TV show” in 2011. Season 4 averaged 13.2 million viewers, which made it the highest-rated drama to ever air on PBS. Season 5 finale drew 9.8 million viewers to the screen, but despite the impressive ratings the series is, to the dismay of the fans, canceled as the creators and most of the actors feel that the story needed to be concluded.
Series finale recap
As the final chapter of the fan favorite British drama series bid farewell last Sunday, March 6th, to its American viewers, fans were delighted that the period drama bowed out on a positive note and gave them plenty to be happy about. Not only there was plenty of love, romance, new beginnings in the final 90 minutes of the series (Mary and Tom got married, Edith finally got her happy ending), but the writers of the show have even decided to finally end the confrontation between Denker and Spratt. The feedback from the audiences on both sides of the Atlantic was unanimous – the creative team has given the fans a sense of closure, and although many still mourn the fact the beloved series has come to an end, they got a very satisfying finale.