Catch-22: Miniseries (2019)


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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.



Critic Ratings: 67


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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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Critic Reviews for Catch-22 Miniseries

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (25)

Abbott is very, very watchable - he proves his leading man status as a charismatic thesp who can be entrusted to carry a weighty project.

Jun 21, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

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…

As interesting as Yossarian's repeated attempts to survive the military bureaucracy [are]... it's everything that happens around this central drama that makes the show tick.

May 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Catch-22: Miniseries

  • Jun 18, 2019
    Makes a strong statement thst soldiers are simply commodities in war. DIre consequences are the result of each decision made for self preservation. Sadness all around yet still manages a sliver of hopefulness through it all. Acting is so great to match the engrossing writing. Well shot. I feel this is a brilliant show.
  • Jun 13, 2019
    Outstanding in all genres of this show. Christopher Abbott is amazing. He is definitely going to be one of the next greatest actors.
  • Jun 12, 2019
    This must be one of the best written and acted series in years!
  • Jun 10, 2019
    It is an original look on the war and the stress relating to the war. The war is often poeticly portrayed full of heroes who risked their lives for others. However I believe that many commanders (made absurd decisions for their own benefit and not for the war. Many mistakes were made during WW2. Not every soldier wanted to be a hero ... This miniseries gives a fresh view on the insanity by showing us the other side of the medal. It is crazy, funny and very human.
  • Jun 05, 2019
    Sepia toned greatness! I love the rendering and how it plays into the madness of war and warrior.
  • Jun 05, 2019
    Reboot of movie, good actors, writing, good to see sets not green screen!!!!!
  • Jun 04, 2019
    A boring and very poorly acted cliche war story that doesn't know what kind of movie it wants to be, with very unlikable characters awful dialogue and as most of the Hollywood trash nowadays, a big stinky budget. Congratulations ! you've wasted money on junk...AGAIN >:(
  • Jun 04, 2019
    started off great, dozed off a bit or at least i didnt taste the middle without much virtue being shown, but finished strong. clooney knows his shit.
  • Jun 04, 2019
    This is a pretty poor, pale imitation of the original novel and film Catch-22, which was set during WWII but mocked and indicted Cold War era militaristic and bureaucratic jingoism. This mini-series did one thing well, which was depict how frightening and horrible war is. It only really developed one character, the main one Yossarian, and even then he was a bit one dimensional, though I blame the writers not the actor there. Most oher characters were totally undeveloped. Virtually all the humor from the original book and movie was removed. Most of the political issues and lessons from the original book and movie were also removed, leaving only a vaguely anti-war feeling. This was a real fail.
  • Jun 04, 2019
    If you saw the movie, this series will disappoint. It not only does not bring anything new to the story but the characters are cardboard cutouts of the originals.

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