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Upstairs, Downstairs

5 Seasons

Season 5
4.8 out of 5 stars (176) IMDb 8.4/10

It's the Roaring '20s, and Georgina and her wealthy friends just want to celebrate. Lord and Lady Bellamy begin their new life together, Hudson the butler behaves oddly, and James disgraces his family one last time.

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Gordon Jackson, David Langton

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Season 5

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1. On with the Dance

Summer 1919. Upstairs, Lord and Lady Bellamy make plans to leave Eaton Place. Downstairs, the servants fear for their jobs. Fortunately, Virginia's young children save the day.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: September 7, 1975
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2. A Place in the World

February 1920. Medically discharged from the army, James enters politics but refuses any guidance from his father. Also striking out on their own, Edward and Daisy have left service but are struggling to survive.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: September 14, 1975
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3. Laugh a Little Louder Please

Summer 1921. The Viscount and her Ladyship travel for their honeymoon. While they're away, Georgina throws a wild party at Eaton Place that ends in tragedy.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: September 21, 1975
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4. The Joy Ride

Autumn 1921. James buys a small airplane and takes his young stepmother for a spin. When the plane disappears, the household prepares for the worst and the press has a field day.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: September 28, 1975
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5. Wanted--A Good Home

Spring 1922. Virginia's son goes to boarding school, and her daughter gets a puppy. The imperious new governess is not pleased, and soon Eaton Place is in an uproar.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: October 5, 1975
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6. An Old Flame

Spring 1923. Bored with life, James takes up with his best friend's wife. When they spend a weekend together in a cottage, the Bellamys barely avert a scandal.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: October 12, 1975
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7. Disillusion

Spring 1924. Georgina returns from America with news of Elizabeth. Hudson stuns the household when he falls in love with Lily, a young house maid, and gives notice.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: October 19, 1975
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8. Such a Lovely Man

Summer 1925. Seeking an important government post, Lord Richard courts influential millionaire Sir Guy Paynter. But Guy is more interested in Virginia. Meanwhile, Ruby has a suitor.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: October 26, 1975
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9. The Nine Days Wonder

May 1926. Britain's General Strike of 1926 rattles the Bellamy household. Lord Richard is dismayed, James takes a job as a bus conductor, and Hudson struggles to keep order downstairs.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: November 2, 1975
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10. The Understudy

September 1926. Eaton Place hosts an important dinner party for the French ambassador. When Hudson falls ill, someone must take his place, causing a crisis downstairs.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: November 9, 1975
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11. Alberto

June 1927. James takes Lady Prudence to Ascot. Georgina's friendship with Lady Dolly Hale, a wild society girl, leads to an ugly scene and the departure of a key servant.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: November 16, 1975
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12. Will Ye No' Come Back Again?

On a household holiday in the Scottish Highlands, Hudson confronts a poacher. James reveals his feelings for Georgina, but when she doesn't return his ardor, he leaves abruptly for America.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: November 23, 1975
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13. Joke Over

Summer 1928. Georgina's out-of-control behavior causes more trouble for the Bellamys. When a joyride proves fatal, Lord Robert Stockbridge comes to Georgina's aid.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: November 30, 1975
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14. Noblesse Oblige

Summer 1929. Georgina and Robert want to marry. His parents agree, with a catch: the pair must not see each other for a time. Downstairs, Mrs. Bridges and Ruby are at odds.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: December 7, 1975
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15. All the King's Horses

October 1929. Home after making a killing on Wall Street, James urges the Bellamy household to get on the gravy train, and Rose trusts James to invest for her.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: December 14, 1975
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16. Whither Shall I Wander?

Summer 1930. Eaton Place is sold, and James's debt means Georgina inherits nothing. Will Robert return for her after all? As the saga ends, upstairs and downstairs go their separate ways.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 54 minutes Release date: December 21, 1975
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Even though this series is 40 years old, it is still very entertaining and well worth watching. I remembered watching some of it years ago, but decided to start from the very beginning and watch all five seasons. I got hooked quickly and enjoyed every episode. Excellent programming, I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys this genre.
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This program is terrific. I am now watching Season 5 and have thoroughly enjoyed every season. I have found it by far one of the best series I have ever watched. I also have watched Downton Abbey and found Upstairs, Downstairs, to have much more thought provoking episodes. I wish it would have continued with more seasons.
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Once again, what can I say. It was just the best. How the people, residents and help all have their own set of problems and seem to work them out. There were parts that made me so sad, but there is a reason for it all. Can hardly wait to watch it again one of these days. Yes, it was that good
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Excellent series. Don't be fooled by the production dates of this series. It is well written, well acted, entertaining, enlightening, and just a great show. I hated to see the end of it! For its time, it is well worth watching.
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If you've never seen an episode of Upstairs Downstairs, or perhaps never heard of it, do yourself a favor and start with the first episode and treat yourself to a bit of TV history. I don't know why, but the British seem to know how to do these things in a style that rarely happens in the US - with the exception of All in the Family, MASH and perhaps a few others. Once you get to know the characters, you'll be hooked on these mini-dramas and find that you can't wait to see the next story. GREAT stories, great characters, great productions - there's nothing not to like.
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Made the mistake of watching the newer version of this first......only to find out that it was cancelled after 2 seasons. So, I went to the original Upstairs Downstairs and LOVED it. Only problem is that you might have to call in sick because you CAN'T seem to stop watching. You will think, "Just one more episode" and before you know it, the sun is up. Beware of the addiction!
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This show stayed consistently great! It is both entertaining and educational. I felt as if I was living through the history of England at the turn of the century. I only wish that one of the very sad things at the end of the season hadn't happened (don't want to spoil it here) but I suppose the writers felt that this was a logical, if not tragic, thing to happen. :-( and a good way to tie things up. Anyway, a wonderful show. Wish I could find another show as good to start watching now!
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Hard to wrap up a long-standing series where every character has a good future but this episode does this very successfully. When the movers
take the living room sofa to be sold I choked up a bit.
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