Catch-22: Miniseries (2019)


Miniseries
Catch-22

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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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Critic Ratings: 90

81%

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User Ratings: 283

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Episodes

Air date: May 17, 2019

Young American flyers arrive in war and discover that the bureaucracy is more deadly than the enemy.

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Air date: May 17, 2019

Yossarian pursues desperate measures to get home, while Milo sees war as a growth industry.

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Air date: May 17, 2019

Yossarian needlessly expends energy to avoid a feared mission; disaster catches up with him, when he least expects it.

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Air date: May 17, 2019

On a surreal trip, Yossarian begins to realize the magnitude and influence of Milo's business empire.

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Air date: May 17, 2019

Reeling from one violent tragedy, Yossarian encounters incomprehensible darkness in Rome, and is faced with an impossible choice.

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Air date: May 17, 2019

Alive and intact, Yossarian is thwarted by an old adversary. Confronted by a devastating loss, he undergoes a transformation.

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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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Critic Reviews for Catch-22 Miniseries

All Critics (90) | Top Critics (43)

Watching Yo-Yo and his buddies slowly discover this crushing truth in a miniseries that often has the look and feel of more sentimental war pictures, well, that's where the true power of Hulu's "Catch-22" resides.

Nov 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Catch-22 does have its uneven moments and some underdeveloped characters along the way but it succeeds in its overall mission.

Nov 22, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a remarkably good-looking, high-quality piece of work all round -- and it returns the story to its historical context.

Jun 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Good (and good-looking) production, but without contemporary relevance, urgency or edge.

May 23, 2019 | Full Review…

It makes room for some small but soaring set pieces, like Giancarlo Giannini's brief appearance as an old, Italian man giving the young, American soldiers a lesson in wartime relativity.

May 23, 2019 | Full Review…

There are good reasons to visit this project, but the big-name actors are, interestingly, not really among them. The lesser-known actors are, in many cases, stronger.

May 23, 2019 | Full Review…

What moved me the most about this story is the inherent sense of hope that lies buried below the layers of cynicism. War most certainly is hell, but surviving it just may be the path to our humanity.

Jan 25, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The show marks a return for [George] Clooney as a storyteller, playing into both sides of his directorial oeuvre and makes a strong case for Christopher Abbott as a new leading man.

Nov 25, 2019 | Full Review…

As with its source material novel, the tonal shifts between horror and hilarity are directed and played with relish.

Nov 25, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It reminded me of a snow globe, where all of the action was on the inside, and I was on the outside. And when the flurries settled, everything still looked pretty much the same.

Nov 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Although a terrifically well made production, with some gorgeous cinematography and a fabulous cast, it can't help but feel like a much more conventional work than the original book, with a lot that simply doesn't work as well on screen as on paper.

Nov 25, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

This show feels very Masterpiece-like, with adaptation flop-sweat leaking off every scene. We watch it dutifully, because it's supposed to be important.

Nov 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Catch-22: Miniseries

  • Feb 01, 2021
    First, anybody who says it is "true" to the novel is kidding themselves. The series leaves out certain things which are either too dated or too unrealistic to make sense. What some might call sexism that was present in both the novel and the original movie, is gone. But the series is stronger for it. And anyhow, once you've heard Orson Welles say " Get back in the car you smirking slut"..it really can't be topped. The writers here also leave out the form letters on behalf of your wife and/or sweetheart. What they do really, is take the surreal absurdities of the novel and imagine them in believable ways. Cathcart's nice tight bombing runs, for instance, seem like something you might actually hear. By warming up the characters they make the violence so much more effective. McWatt's killing of a fellow soldier and subsequent suicide were just random insanity before, in the movie, and now they are devestating scenes, along with the death of Nately, and Aarfy's murder. In all, the series is beautifully filmed, romantic, moves well, and totally worth watching.
  • Dec 04, 2020
    The mini-series lacked some of the literary humour of the book. But then this isn't a book. The show did have humour. But more importantly, it captured the daily irreverence of soldiers serving in a dysfunctional organisation, and their impotence in changing that system. And it displayed the sobering horrors of war.
  • Sep 03, 2020
    This Hulu miniseries was alright. George Clooney, Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler, and the rest of the cast did a decent job in this miniseries. The plot to the movie was very dramatic, depressing, and intense. It's about survival and doing whatever it takes to get home. If you haven't seen this miniseries yet, don't waste your time. It's way too depressing to watch. That's what I think anyway.
  • Jun 02, 2020
    While I haven't read the book, the show excites me to get into Joseph Heller's work. The cast is phenomenal. Classic faces encapsulate WWII era vibes. Suspense, satire, scares - it's all there.
  • Feb 27, 2020
    It was nothing spectacular so I did not get past the first DVD. I use the subtitles option on the DVD and it was one of the hardest to read. It was an ugly font they used and barely visible whereas other movies and TV series use a much easier to read subtitles. I have to admit that had a big bearing on this "Meh" review.
  • Jan 17, 2020
    it lacks the black comedy of the book and the original movie.
  • Jan 12, 2020
    What a fantastic mini-series, and I didn't even see much advertisement on it. I'm not really into war movies/tv shows, but this one definitely makes the cut. It really highlights humanity for what it is.
  • Dec 14, 2019
    I absolutely loved the show! I'm a fan of the book, so I was apprehensive, but they really did manage to do justice to the source material! Great casting on all fronts, just a truly enjoyable show!
  • Nov 28, 2019
    The ending fucking sucked like really they keep fucking him over and he didn't do nothing back wow great ending
  • Nov 18, 2019
    This is a good tv show. The book is brilliant, and the tv show is just good. Worth to watch. But. It's not funny at all. The book is very, very funny. Terrible, heartbreaking and hillarious. But the tv show is not. Only horror and hopelessness

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