Catch-22: Miniseries (2019)


Miniseries
Catch-22

Critics 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.

87%

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Critic Ratings: 68

81%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 219
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Episodes

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Air date: May 17, 2019
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Air date: May 17, 2019
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Air date: May 17, 2019
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Air date: May 17, 2019
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Air date: May 17, 2019
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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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Critic Reviews for Catch-22 Miniseries

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (25)

Its sense of loss and creeping madness was deftly woven into a narrative that was often laugh-out-loud funny.

Jun 20, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | 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…

It is very, very good. Its writers, Luke Davies and David Michôd, have done an incredibly smooth job given the way that, on the page, Heller makes the reader do so much of the work... But on some level, I cannot quite get fully involved with it.

Jun 19, 2019 | Full Review…

In a tale full of paradoxes, the style is both glossy and visceral, which feels exactly right.

Jun 14, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

May 23, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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…
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Top Critic

It's not appointment TV but the sort of show you might happily get to months, years, from now when you've done all the others you've missed.

Jun 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Half anti-war paean, half mighty roar against gung-ho lying idiocy, it's as powerful as it was all those years ago. And genuinely, if pathetically, funny in its mightier moments.

Jun 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Heller's satirical masterpiece has never had an adaptation to do it justice, but one episode in to Clooney's production, and things are shaping up nicely.

Jun 24, 2019 | Full Review…

The absurd, circular logic of bureaucracy (and war) is made excruciatingly clear, and I was never bored or drifted.

Jun 24, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Catch-22: Miniseries

  • Sep 12, 2019
    It's a good show but just another show with white main characters. Overall it's al
  • Aug 25, 2019
    Very abstract and real at the same time. Great job by cast and crew, to simulate war, and highlight the conflicts. No sugar coating here.
  • Jul 30, 2019
    Boring and not funny
  • Jul 29, 2019
    The best thing since sliced bread
  • Jul 27, 2019
    Shows a perspective of how war could influence a young mind and how similar we react in everyday life.
  • Jul 26, 2019
    Great visuals, takes a while to engage with YoYo but hooked by the final episode.
  • Jul 26, 2019
    Whilst the visuals are incredible, the production lacks the sharpness and insight of the novel and Mike Nichols' film because it manages to omit most of the constant inversions of values experienced by Yossarian as variations of Catch-22. The novel is more than an anti-war tale, it's a manual for today's crazy bureaucratic values, so instead of exploring these with a sharp script and editing, screen time gets soaked up with slo-mo shots of Yossarian and the crews at the beach. The fate of Nurse Duckett is lost, as is Nateley's whore and the switching of the drips into the patient with head to toe plaster. The ending is very weak.
  • Jul 21, 2019
    Really enjoyed the honesty of the so and amazing sets, costumes and cast. One of my favorite things I have watched in a long time.
  • Jul 15, 2019
    The absurd, circular logic of bureaucracy (and war) is made excruciatingly clear, and I was never bored or drifted. 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.
  • Jul 13, 2019
    Ok os ydech chi'n gyfarwydd efo'r llyfr. Ond roedd y ffilm yn well, a'r llyfr, wrth gwrs, yn well fyth!

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