Feud: Bette and Joan (2017)

Bette and Joan

Critics Consensus

While campily and sweetly indulgent, Feud: Bette and Joan provides poignant understanding of humanity, sorrow, and pain while breezily feeding inquisitive gossip-starved minds.



Critic Ratings: 94


Audience Score

User Ratings: 557
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Air date: Mar 5, 2017
Air date: Mar 12, 2017
Air date: Mar 19, 2017
Air date: Mar 26, 2017
Air date: Apr 2, 2017
Air date: Apr 9, 2017
Air date: Apr 16, 2017
Air date: Apr 23, 2017

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Bette and Joan, the first installment of the new FX anthology series from Ryan Murphy, tells the story of the legendary rivalry between Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) during their collaboration on the Academy Award®-nominated thriller What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, and well after the cameras stopped rolling. The series explores how the two women endured ageism, sexism, and misogyny while struggling to hang on to success and fame in the twilight of their careers.


Jessica Lange
as Joan Crawford
Susan Sarandon
as Bette Davis
Alfred Molina
as Robert Aldrich
Stanley Tucci
as Jack Warner
Judy Davis
as Hedda Hopper
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Critic Reviews for Feud Bette and Joan

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (38)

[Ryan] Murphy is smart enough to not push this too far.

Dec 18, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Sparks flew. Delicious one-liners were traded. Ageism, sexism and misogyny were explored. This was Feud for thought.

Dec 18, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Full of joy, humor, brilliant writing and performances, and a deep unabiding love for what really makes Hollywood great - the women.

Mar 2, 2017 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

For campy confirmation that the Oscars are taken too seriously, look to FX's wonderfully over-the-top Feud: Bette and Joan.

Mar 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Visually, the show is a masterpiece re-creation of 1960s Hollywood - while the retro Saul Bass-style main title sequence is a marvel to behold... And then there's the buoyant script, packed with quotable dialogue and perfected by snarky delivery.

Mar 2, 2017 | Full Review…

There's an 'event' quality to this show that makes it incredibly watchable. However, if anyone knew the difference between watchable and truly memorable, it was Bette & Joan.

Mar 2, 2017 | Full Review…

The series is tremendously consistent in all its episodes, perhaps weakening somewhat in its little inspired closure. [Full Review in Spanish]

Aug 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Both Lange and Sarandon are terrific in their portrayals, never turning Crawford and Davis into caricatures or impersonations.

Dec 20, 2018 | Full Review…

This is a show that will utilize its setting to tell a poignant and relevant story about women assuming agency.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Feud: Bette and Joan was a beautiful lie. A lie told in service to the art, a lie told to secure the legends for another generation, a lie told to placate the audience, and ultimately, a lie told by the auteur to the auteur.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Feud: Bette and Joan

  • May 20, 2019
    I knew this would be genius because I love everything Ryan Murphy writes ! And I'm also a fan of Jessica Lang, & those two together create magic !! Lange takes the defining role of her amazing career here and Joan Crawford! She makes us love and root for her all while hating her lol she did what mommy dearest did not. She made Joan Crawford human again! She's not just a sassy bitch with sharp edged one liners. No. We get to see all the terrible pain & trauma that made her that way and in an instant you want to see her finally win just once in life! Brava Lange ! Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis is just as delicious to watch and those two together are fun but Lange steals the show hands down! She's a Drama Goddess the way she brings these characters to life! & don't sleep on mamacita! She's a joy too and definitely should have gotten an Emmy as Lange/Crawford's left & right hand woman ! Her just as sassy & sharp tongued housekeeper/assistant. Murphy surprisingly developed her role into a character with much more depth than just a housekeeper. She is essential to Crawford's life. Watch this kasterpie
  • Nov 19, 2018
    Feud Bette and Joan, is an absolute jewel. I loved this series, so intriguing, so visually stunning. It takes you back to the true golden ages of Hollywood. The story of these women is so fascinating and interesting. The acting is beyond amazing, especially the performances by Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon. Furthermore, because of the fabulous acted personalities by Lange and Sarandon, I grew sympathy towards Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, even when they were messing with each other. I give this series a definite recommend and 5/5 stars. I cannot wait for the next season.
  • Dec 27, 2017
    Terrible for women! A sorry imitation of the reality that may have gone before. It makes the women seem wholly primitive and dumb - somewhere between spoilt babies and cattle - obsessed with petty fights and their image, while the men look after everything. This show thinks it is so clever, bringing up hot topics and utilising significant screen talent, but both are in reality banal. There is nothing here, just a bad representation of female talent and women.
  • Dec 23, 2017
    I watched this entire season in one day and can see why it has so many nominations. The examination of the hollywood industry and deconstruction of studios, gossip columnists, executives and stars seems rather topical given current headlines. It also highlights how misogyny, sexual discrimination, gender politics and the exploitation and manipulation of people to increase the bottom line despite the personal consequences is just as relevant today as it was back then. The finale is heartwrenching and even days after I have seen the series many of the moments within the series still linger with me.
  • Dec 16, 2017
    Puntaje Original: 7.0 Brillantes actuaciones del reparto en general, en especial por Susan Sarandon (y no quiero provocar enemistades). Con una mirada profunda e introspectiva a las ambiciones y sueños humanos, Feud puede resultar tanto inspirador, divertido, intrigante y reflexivo para las audiencias.
  • Oct 22, 2017
    Terrific season, great performances from Lange and Sarandon. I hope season two features another great combo
  • Aug 11, 2017
    Puntaje Original: 7.0 Brillantes actuaciones del reparto en general, en especial por Susan Sarandon (y no quiero provocar enemistades). Con una mirada profunda e introspectiva a las ambiciones y sueños humanos, Feud puede resultar tanto inspirador, divertido, intrigante y reflexivo para las audiencias.
  • Jul 24, 2017
    A very believable portrayal of Old Hollywood. Although neither Sarandon nor Lange will every be able to compare to the real Davis and Crawford, they are as good as it gets, giving these performances their all. This 8-episode show definitely brings a certain charm that the modern industry just doesn't do anymore.
  • Jul 12, 2017
    Well made series with 2 amazing performances
  • Jul 06, 2017
    Impressive! Very well made, Susan Sarandon as Bette Davisand Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford have astonishing performances, they depict the lives of those two Hollywood legends pretty accurately. I researched a lot and it is very well written. I expect nominations for the Emmys! Outstanding work!

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