Catch-22: Miniseries (2019)


Critic Consensus: Though not quite as sharp as Joseph Heller's seminal novel, Catch-22's handsomely rendered, hilariously horrifying exploration of war still soars thanks to its stellar cast and reverent adherence to its source material.


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Air date: May 17, 2019
Air date: May 17, 2019
Air date: May 17, 2019
Air date: May 17, 2019
Air date: May 17, 2019
Air date: May 17, 2019

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Based on Joseph Heller's seminal novel of the same name, Catch-22 is the story of the incomparable, artful dodger, Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a US Air Force bombardier in World War II who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy, but rather his own army which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to avoid his military assignments, he'll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule which specifies that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers which are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind; a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty.


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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (19)

[George] Clooney and company have tried their utmost to navigate the swervy Catch-22. And they fare better than the movie did without fully sticking the landing. Then again, who could? Bronze stars to all.

May 17, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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For a series that gradually loses its sharpness in its commentary on power and masculinity in wartime, Abbott's performance constantly reminds you of what's so great about Heller's book.

May 16, 2019 | Full Review…

As a period piece with universal refrains, it has a lot going for it.

May 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Catch-22 isn't quite wild enough to join TV's elite satires or sharp enough to leave a mark as lasting as its source material. But it has its moments, and those moments add up to an entrancing experience.

May 8, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Catch-22 might not be an especially devoted adaptation of its source material, but where it distinguishes itself as an update of merit is in its lead performance.

May 17, 2019 | Full Review…

[George Clooney] is fabulous as the knee-jerk commander.

May 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Hulu's Catch-22 is considerably more linear than Heller's original novel, but not in a way that sacrifices the anti-bureaucracy-and antistupidity-message.

May 17, 2019 | Rating: 8.9/10 | Full Review…

It's a noble effort.

May 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Without it, the antiwar and anti-authoritarian themes don't register with any real force. Apparently the Catch-22 of "Catch-22" is that to put it onscreen, you have to eviscerate it.

May 19, 2019 | Full Review…

It does a brilliant job of capturing the absurdity, comedy and horror of war. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing.

May 17, 2019 | Full Review…

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