Downton Abbey Power Rankings


Bluestockings Magazine

As the new Mad Men season aired last spring, Grantland writer Mark Lisanti wrote “Power Rankings” for each weekly episode, ranking the top ten most powerful characters that really held their own, characters that had the nerve do something bold and unprecedented. I set out to do the same with America’s new favorite period piece television obsession Downton Abbey, a Masterpiece Theater series created by Julian Fellowes. The series depicts the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants at their country estate, Downton Abbey. Seasons one and two are set between April 1912 and December 1919, during which great world events shape the lives of the people at Downton and the British social hierarchy in general. These events include the sinking of the Titanic, WWI and the Spanish influenza epidemic.

The series begins with Lord Robert Crawley, head of the Downton estate, receiving news of the…

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