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The Hollow Crown: Season 1 (2012)

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Average Rating: 9/10
Reviews Counted: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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Season Info

Four filmed adaptations of Shakespeare's history plays ("Richard II," "Henry IV Part 1," "Henry IV Part 2," "Henry V").

Genre: Drama

Network: NBC

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Episodes

1
Air date: Jun 30, 2012

Richard II

From executive producer Sam Mendes: King Richard II, changes British history forever when he attempts to mediate a conflict between two of his subjects. Stars Ben Whishaw & Rory Kinnear. (CC)

2
Air date: Jul 7, 2012

Henry IV - Part 1

The heir to the throne, Prince Hal , defies his father, King Henry , by spending his time at Mistress Quickly's tavern in the company of the dissolute Falstaff and his companions. The King is threatened by a rebellion led by Hal's rival, Hotspur , his father Northumberland and his uncle Worcester. In the face of this danger to the state, Prince Hal joins his father to defeat the rebels at the Battle of Shrewsbury and kill Hotspur in single combat.

3
Air date: Jul 14, 2012

Henry IV - Part 2

HENRY IV, PART 2 () - From executive producer Sam Mendes: Shakespeare's HENRY IV, PART 2 follows the transfer of power from King Henry IV to his son Hal amidst a growing rebellion. Starring Jeremy Irons and Simon Russell Beale. (CC)

4
Air date: Jul 21, 2012

Henry V

Henry V has settled onto the throne and has the makings of a fine king when the French ambassador brings a challenge from the Dauphin. Inspired by his courtiers Exeter and York, Henry swears that he will, with all force, answer this challenge. The chorus tells of England's preparations for war and Henry's army sails for France. After Exeter's diplomacy is rebuffed by the French king, Henry lays a heavy siege and captures Harfleur. The French now take Henry's claims seriously and challenge the English army to battle at Agincourt.

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This is a definitive visual portrait of Richard II, the single best widely available instance of a severely underrated history play with dramatic thematic ramifications for English identity.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

If you are open to them, these plays can actually make you a better person, in a way that most TV will not.

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

For the most part, the flexibility that television provides is used to good advantage in The Hollow Crown to clarify the action and enhance the dynamics.

September 20, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

Spectacular and dazzlingly acted.

September 20, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

The trump card of Hollow Crown, of course, is that it was written by Shakespeare - and if the language sounds stilted to modern ears, anyone who listens for more than a few minutes will be properly seduced.

September 20, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

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