Catherine the Great (2019)


Miniseries
Catherine the Great

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Though its sumptuous setting and design often outshines its storytelling, Catherine the Great remains a seductive, if scattershot, period drama thanks to the great Helen Mirren.

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Air date: Oct 21, 2019

Russian Empress Catherine the Great faces challenges to her throne on all sides, as she meets the forthright and bold Lieutenant Grigory Potemkin.

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Air date: Oct 28, 2019

A victorious Potemkin returns from war to find Catherine preoccupied, leading the two to speak candidly about their pasts and future, while a Cossack stirs discontent among peasants in the countryside.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2019

Catherine and Potemkin experience growing pains in their relationship, as Potemkin's push for expansion puts him at odds with Panin.

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Air date: Nov 11, 2019

Pressure from foreign powers leads to a bitter argument between Catherine and an ailing Potemkin; Catherine works to change the line of succession as her reign draws to an end.

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Dame Helen Mirren
Catherine the Great

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Andrew Rothney
Alexander Dmitriev-Mamonov

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Antonia Clarke
Princess Sophie

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Clive Russell
The Fool

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Gina McKee
Countess Bruce

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James Northcote
Alexander Bezborodko

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Jason Clarke
Grigory Potemkin

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Joseph Quinn
Paul

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Kevin R. McNally
Alexei Orlov

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Lucas Englander
Lieutenant Mirovich

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Paul Kaye
Pugachev

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Paul Ritter
General Suvorov

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Raphael Acloque
Platon Zubov

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Richard Roxburgh
Grigory Orlov

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Rory Kinnear
Minister Panin

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Sam Palladio
Alexander Vasilichikov

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Thomas Doherty
Peter Zavadovsky

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Charles Pattinson
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Christine Healy
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David M. Thompson
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Dame Helen Mirren
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Critic Reviews for Catherine the Great: Miniseries

Audience Reviews for Catherine the Great: Miniseries

  • Sep 04, 2022
    Catherine the Great (TV 2019): Hellen Mirren's turn as The Great. 4-part series covers only the last half of Catherine's life, which is the less interesting part. Mirren plays her as needy, which undercuts her greatness. Helen and Catherine both deserve more. B-
  • Jun 02, 2022
    TERRIBLE!!! You got so utterly confused! .... You chose a character and actor, meant for the role of Queen Elizabeth! Jeezzz the woman was a Prussian...not British! What is next? Casting a role for Nelson Mandela with an American accent actor? Even a school kid would get this right....
  • Nov 03, 2021
    The high production value, detailed historical accuracy, and Helen Mirren make this miniseries hard to criticize, yet still weren't enough to make this a captivating watch for me. I had planned to watch Catherine when she first aired but it fell to the backburner after I saw some lackluster reviews. I recently started Robert Massie's series on the Romanovs and since reading volume three on Catherine the Great this week, I thought I'd go back and give this a go. Thankfully I now had this strong background knowledge as viewers of the miniseries are transplanted right into the action with little to no character exposition, which would have made this far more muddled and boringly confusing at times without it. On the positive side I did admire how committed the writers were to providing a well researched and pleasingly detailed portrayal of their subject and was something I would have never appreciated had I watched this before Massie's biography. History junkies and fans of historical biopics will find plenty of meat on this bone but I also wouldn't fault anyone if they told me this had trouble holding their attention.
  • Aug 15, 2020
    It's bad. Mirren is too old to play this Russian empress. Ekaterina is way better than this. The writing is lame, the script is awful, the pacing is inconsistent. At least the costumes and performances are nice.
  • Jun 07, 2020
    60% soft porn. It should've been called Lieutenant Potemkin: apparently Catherine the Great's reign and life started and ended with him. Might barely pass the Bechdel test? Costumes and sets were flabbergasting. Helen Mirren was excellent.
  • May 16, 2020
    Oops, I think I complained about the wrong series, I meant the one on Hulu 2020 called "The great" with Elle Fanning. Original post: Showing her get raped in the first episode as the main plot twist and her raper as a "cool guy". She is pictured as stupid an not capable of the situation. Definitely not written by a woman, especially not written by a woman who got raped and showed strength and resilience surviving this unlawful act. I wish they would once and for all show how men really look like when they rape: weak, confused, and like little overgrown babies, suckers for never felt love and naive. And that is the story of Katharina the great? What a shame. Anyway, the film doesn't represent Russian history at that time anyway. You could have at least do some research beyond Wikipedia. It looks like you try to disguise as french baroque and hope no one will notice that. So why should I watch this silly effort? Who paid for that? Not even a nice try. I wish people would create some fruitful contribution to society rather than buying their degree and delivering this boring bull*. Please stop that.
  • Jan 20, 2020
    Catherine The Great stars Helen Mirren as a strong powerful leader of her people. She people the Russian people to get educated and build a reputation of power and knowledge. During her leadership the Russian Empire was the expanded and captured lands from Alaska to Hungary in the meantime defeating the Ottoman Turks twice. This HBO miniseries was less about the history but more about Catherine and her lovers. Even in her hay days she was more intrigued to be loved with her younger servants. Her love affair and marriage with Gregory Potemkin was denied throughout history but recently revealed during the 90's. Helen was wonderful, and engaging for someone she portrayed that was much younger than her. The wonderful costumes and cinematography created a good series that brought the story to life. Overall it was a good series but nothing fantastic.
  • Dec 18, 2019
    Expecting caviar, but receiving re-heated fish & chips. Two stars because of Mirren, who has done much, much better work elsewhere. The acting, by and large, was reminiscent of a high-school play. I watched all of it because of my better half, otherwise I would have probably quit somewhere during part 3, or was that part 2? Where's the remote?
  • Dec 10, 2019
    Clunky story. Miren plays someone decades younger than she is. Bad.
  • Dec 04, 2019
    Ouch! I so much looked forward to this series :) Such an impressive period of history and such an impressive ruler should have provided some fantastic source material! Sadly I had to give up after episode 2... The actors with very few exceptions were either uninteresting, miscast or just not compelling in their roles. And it pains me to say this, but this includes Helen Mirren. I do hope that someone in the future does another Catherine the Great with exciting characters, storylines and settings :)

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