Season #: 1, 2

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 5, 2012
    Soapy, well cast and boasting uniformly strong performances, the show's servant-class stories still don't measure up to more regal doings, [but] the series proves enjoyable.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Oct 8, 2012
    It's gripping stuff, seamlessly blending the larger tension of the world with the smaller dramas back at 165 Eaton.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 5, 2012
    This is a family that could use some ruffling, with precious little chemistry between the series leads.
  4. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Oct 5, 2012
    Frankly, it's a dispiriting season and I won't miss the show nearly as much as I'll miss Blake Ritson's charming turn as Sir Hallam's royal friend, the Duke of Kent.
  5. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Oct 1, 2012
    The performances are all fine, as far as they go, but the script is filled with heavily telegraphed developments, inept character development and direction so scattershot, you're advised to have a supply of Dramamine at the ready to quell the motion sickness brought on by all the quick cuts.3907328.php#ixzz284ZLgzlk
  6. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 8, 2012
    At times, the show careens from black humor to near tragedy and then back again.
  7. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Oct 5, 2012
    No sooner has Upstairs veered toward farce than it redeems itself, again and again.
  8. Reviewed by: Ray Rahman
    Oct 5, 2012
    The refurbished series isn't as sharp as the '70s original (one of the lead characters is a monkey), and the Hollands aren't as juicy as the Granthams (literally no Turks die during sex), but it's still a whole lot of fun to look at.

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