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Parade's End: Season 1 (2013)

Seasons:
1

tomatometer

68

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 28
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 9

Parade's End has a languid pace that will reward fans of finely crafted British dramas, but may leave others impatiently demanding more.

67

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 6

Parade's End has a languid pace that will reward fans of finely crafted British dramas, but may leave others impatiently demanding more.

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Average Rating: 4.1/5
User Ratings: 44

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Season Info

A British aristocrat becomes caught up in an era of social upheaval and the onset of World War I in this compelling five-part HBO miniseries. Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Roger Allam and Adelaide Clemens head up a superb cast.

Genre: Drama

Network: HBO

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Episodes

1
Air date: Feb 26, 2013

Parade's End Part 1

Principled aristocrat Christopher Tietjens enters into a destructive marriage with a cruel socialite. Ignoring her overt flirtation with other men, Christopher resolves to remain faithful, even after encountering a fearless young suffragette.

2
Air date: Feb 26, 2013

Parade's End Part 2

After a stint in France with her fawning admirer, Sylvia reunites with Christopher, though their relationship remains turbulent. When war is declared and he is ordered to massage military numbers, Christopher quits and enlists in the army.

3
Air date: Feb 27, 2013

Parade's End Part 3

As Christopher recovers from shell shock in France, a round of vicious rumors leads to a shocking tragedy at Groby, his family home; Sylvia finds a new admirer; Valentine secures a London teaching job, but falls out of favor with Edith.

4
Air date: Feb 27, 2013

Parade's End Part 4

In Rouen, Christopher prepares recruits for battle; Sylvia visits her husband in France, oblivious to the consequences; Christopher angers the chief of military police and another officer and is ordered to leave Campion's training unit--for the front.

5
Air date: Feb 28, 2013

Parade's End Part 5

At the front, Christopher takes over from an officer who suffers from shell shock and a drinking problem. After General Campion arrives, Christopher is sent home--where Sylvia desperately tries to keep her husband from building a future with Valentine.

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (9)

Parade's End is one of the most accomplished and impressive productions you'll see on TV this year.

March 1, 2013 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

Like it's protagonist, Parade's End is more admirable than lovable.

February 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com

By all means: Watch.

February 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

The story pivots on a triangle, with unrequited love dangling like an elusive fourth Super Bowl appearance by the Jerry Jones-owned Dallas Cowboys.

February 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

The miniseries is engrossing in its portrait of two people stuck in roles they need to cast aside, but somehow unable to make the break.

February 26, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Parade's End, despite character-based faults and multiple narrative cul-de-sacs, does come around to revealing the consequences of maintaining public status and reputation at the cost of personal realization.

February 26, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Anyone who loves Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock - another popular Masterpiece import - should check him out, starting Tuesday, as Christopher Tietjens, a role he seems to have been born to play.

February 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

The minute-to-minute editing looks pretty common, and the tonal shifts are like cold splashes, but pull back and it's more interesting.

February 26, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Introspective and gorgeous, opaque and standoffish, Parade's End is little like the fast-paced, sentimental and aggressively likeable Downton.

February 26, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

It's a terrible disappointment, given the talent.

February 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel

As the seemingly endless opening two hours of Parade's End droned on and on, I kept flashing to one of my all-time favorite Monty Python sketches.

February 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

Parade's End must be taken on its own terms, because it is offering something rare and provocative.

February 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

It's a welcome gift to those who miss Downton.

February 26, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

You can see why the wealthy few on the floats in the front were sorry to see the ride come to an end. For the rest of us, maybe it's time to let this particular parade pass by.

February 25, 2013 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

Parade's End is a more focused and darker story than Downton, as it gazes into its characters' twisted souls and their self-contradictory attitudes.

February 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

The five-part miniseries moves as slowly as the Dowager Countess walking to a country picnic.

February 25, 2013 Full Review Source: RedEye
RedEye

Parade's End is radiant with class, but it has almost no sizzle and very little sauce; it's difficult to think of who will tune in for three nights in a row.

February 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

Next to [Downton Abbey], Parade's End looks like the real thing, less to modern tastes perhaps, but all the more distinctive.

February 25, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

Parade's End is a challenging, nuanced view of a slice of British society.

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Parade's End will dazzle you with its sly wit, philosophical grit and cunning wordplay.

February 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Just watching Cumberbatch and Hall ply their craft is worth any stumbling blocks that Parade's End throws at the viewer.

February 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

It's a portrayal enchanting in its delicacy, moving in its passion and one - like the series itself - unfailing in its power.

February 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal

There's something for everyone here - family drama, deception, true love, dramatic moments of war, and emotional victories - and it's impossible not to root for the honorable man at the heart of it all.

February 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Parade's End is a television masterpiece.

February 20, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

Fortuitously timed to provide an additional dose of World War I-era melodrama for those bereft over Downton Abbey finishing its season, Parade's End feels grittier than that acclaimed PBS standout, but in terms of relative merit, is a much weaker tea.

February 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

Just wait for the babble of the awards season to die, and prepare for an event in television history and a real British movie.

January 27, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
The New Republic

Parade's End feels unexpectedly weightless on screen.

August 24, 2012 Full Review Source: New Statesman
New Statesman

If you haven't been watching Parade's End, then I seriously suggest you do.

August 24, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

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