Downton Abbey Season 6: British period drama enters final season

As Downton Abbey launches its final season on North American TV screens tonight, the lush British period piece chronicling the trials and tribulations of the upstairs, aristocratic Crawleys and their downstairs staff will leave its own distinct mark on the international television landscape.

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Lady Edith, played by Laura Carmichael, has not had the easiest or happiest life on Downton Abbey, which returns for its final season on North American television screens Sunday night. (PBS/Masterpiece, Nick Briggs/Associated Press)

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