Since its debut in the U.K. back in 2010, Downton Abbey has been nothing short of a phenomenon. Then when the series - which centers on the Crawley family that resides in the titular Yorkshire country estate - premiered in the U.S. as part of the PBS Masterpiece Classic anthology, viewers stateside got just as caught up as those overseas.
During its five seasons, the show has brought in critical acclaim, record-breaking ratings and tremendous awards attention. However, we've known for a while that Downton Abbey will be shutting its doors for good with season 6, and now we have our first look at this final batch of episodes.
ITV has released a 1-minute trailer for the show's last season, and while there's not a ton of plot reveals here, it does build suspense for what will certainly be a bittersweet season of television for many fans. The over-arching theme here seems to be the changes that accompany time. A great number of the show's longtime cast members are featured in the mostly wordless footage, and it does appear that creator Julian Fellowes has had ample opportunity to wrap up the show's narrative threads properly.
Considering the show's widespread popularity, it's only fitting that Downton Abbey has the proper chance to say goodbye. The last season will reportedly consist of eight episodes, and while U.S. fans will have to wait until early 2016 to see how the story wraps up the saga of the Crawley family, U.K. viewers will be able to enjoy season 6 when it premieres on ITV on September 20, 2015.
This last chunk of episodes will take place in 1925, 1926 and 1927, with the final episode - and annual Christmas special - set on Christmas Day of 1927. There's no word just yet on plot details, but suffice it to say, longtime viewers will want to tune in to see how Fellowes says goodbye to the impressive cast and the award-winning series they've lent their talents to the past few years.
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Downton Abbey returns for its sixth and final season on September 20, 2015 on iTV in the U.K. and will air on in the U.S. on PBS in early 2016.