Feud Bette and Joan



Critic Ratings: 12
Critics Consensus

Meticulously crafted, Feud's "Pilot" proves a faithful recreation of a bygone era and the women who ruled it.

Episode Info

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


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 Pilot

For the most part it's a good deal of fun, so maybe I'll end up loving it. Or I'll hate it, but goddammit I'll respect it.

Sep 12, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Somewhat elegantly, their dueling points of view are presented as similar, but still at odds with each other.

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

And you thought there was no love lost between Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie!

Sep 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Like most of Ryan Murphy's work the ballsy intensity is all in the concept... the execution is rather more hit and miss.

Sep 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Sarandon and Lange become Bette and Joan, bringing with them all of their personal and professional experience to breathe life into two of Hollywood's biggest stars.

Sep 12, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

[Bette's Baby Jane] is show-stoppingly weird. (I will say this: Accurate as it is, Sarandon's Baby Jane nevertheless looks about three times as polished and pretty as the original.)

Sep 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Sarandon and Lange are having a blast -- and viewers probably will, too, if they embrace the high camp factor and go along for the ride.

Sep 12, 2017 | Rating: 7.6/10 | Full Review…

Murphy has meticulously recreated the world of early 1960s Hollywood, in a candy-colored environment so perfect that practically every shot is framed like a painting.

Sep 12, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

"Feuds are never about hate. Feuds are about pain." The show gets that. Its actresses get that too.

Sep 12, 2017 | Full Review…

One of the episode's best sequences, surprisingly, has nothing to do with their feud. Instead, it concerns the dissolution of Davis's fourth marriage to fellow actor Gary Merrill (Mark Valley).

Sep 12, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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