Feud: Bette and Joan (2017)

Bette and Joan

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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


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User Ratings: 571

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Air date: Mar 5, 2017

In the series premiere, Joan and Bette battle ageism, sexism and each other while making the film " What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?"

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Air date: Mar 12, 2017

With production on "Baby Jane" underway, Bette and Joan form an alliance, but outside forces conspire against them.

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Air date: Mar 19, 2017

As the production of Baby Jane reaches its climax, the feud becomes physical. Also: Bette's relationship with her daughter becomes strained when she bonds with a new cast member and Joan reveals an intimate detail about her past.

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Air date: Mar 26, 2017

On the eve of its release, bad word-of-mouth plagues Baby Jane; Bette and Joan brace for failure; Pauline tries to break gender barriers; and Oscar nominations are announced.

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Air date: Apr 2, 2017

Bette is on track to win a record-breaking third Best Actress Oscar and Joan and Hedda launch a clandestine campaign against her.

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Air date: Apr 9, 2017

Hungry for another hit, Warner pressures Aldrich to bring the original team back together for a follow-up hag horror pic.

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Air date: Apr 16, 2017

With production of "Hush...Hush Sweet Charlotte" underway, the feud is intensified when Joan learns of a new producer on the project. Also: Bette reveals her vulnerabilities to Bob.

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Air date: Apr 23, 2017

In the season finale, Joan accepts a leading role on a new film despite her deteriorating health. Later: Faced with a new rival, Bette reflects on her misplaced feud with Joan.

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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.

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Cory Boughton
Frank Walcott
Joseph Bevilacqua
Randall McCoy
David Gazzo
James DeRemer
Alex Cherman
Bowery Boy
Steven Bono Jr.
Thomas Graham
Gregory Cioffi
Bowery Boy
Steve Cavanaugh
Nate Champion
Leah Gabriel
Mary Ann Tewksbury
Kat Tingum
Saloon Woman
Brian Colin Foley
Yankee Sullivan
Daniel Hawk Ricks
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Nate Washburn
Ray Morley
Jonathan Gregg
John Morrissey
Wes Hager
Jim Turner
Cameron McIntosh
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Vin Hamilton
Lew Baker
John Rice
Bill the Butcher
David Serero
Mr. Matchum
James Zeiss
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Critic Reviews for Feud Bette and Joan

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (48)

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…

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…

Feud: Bette and Joan is a TV show built on pure gossipy indulgence; one that's inclined to believe the most juicy stories about its characters, but not in a bad way.

Feb 14, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Its deft and satisfying first few episodes should please both the voyeurs and the feminists, and more importantly highlight how the two groups can overlap.

Mar 6, 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…

In an age when most feuds are fought in 140 characters, there's something irresistible about seeing two larger-than-life characters duking it out the old-fashioned way, face-to-face.

May 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The revelation is Jessica Lange as Crawford, who bestrides every scene with a once-proud beauty, Joan's history of abuse, of fierce hard work from childhood on, shining from those excavated cheekbones throughout.

Mar 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Feud: Bette and Joan

  • Apr 02, 2021
    It's pretty much bad
  • Nov 22, 2020
    A masterful interpretation that hits the mark I can say that this wonderful series: Feud, is amazing, it's a mixture of ugly rumors and infamous manipulations, a look at the dark undersides of celebrity culture and the depression that follows the update. spotlight deviation. The great strength of this series is also due to the masterful interpretation of their two stars that is Jessica Lange (Joan Crawford) and Susan Sarandon Bette Davis), they are both formidable and we discover a Hollywood universe that many did not suspect, and yes the star-mania of those times was very real and is particularly well represented in this series. I will never hide that one of the strong points of each series or film, is a successful part, when one finds genius in the interpretation of the role (s), of course the script and the realization must not be lacking, but without good performers a good series can easily get lost on the way. Anyway, here everything was present and that makes and will make a great biographical, dramatic series, to be discovered especially for its wonderful interpretation.
  • 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.

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