Halston: Limited Series (2021)


Limited Series
Halston

Critics Consensus

Ewan McGregor brings megawatt charisma to match Halston's vibrant recreation of a fashion era, but the series' glib treatment of the legendary designer's interior life yields a lot of style with little substance.

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Critic Ratings: 47

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User Ratings: 108

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Episodes

Air date: May 14, 2021

Halston brainstorms a new signature brand to rekindle his public image. However, it is his burgeoning friendship with actress Liza Minelli that inspires his newly assembled designers.

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Air date: May 14, 2021

As a critical show approaches, Halston entertains a risky business venture and encounters a charming escort. Later, past insecurities threaten to derail Halston's line before its debut.

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Air date: May 14, 2021

As his personal life descends into chaos, Halston struggles to organize his new perfume line.

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Air date: May 14, 2021

Halston continues to alienate his closest allies and grapples with insecurity as he overindulges in cocaine-fueled escapades at Studio 54.

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Air date: May 14, 2021

A former friend offers Halston a safe port as his career plummets.

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Halston: Limited Series Videos

Tv Season Info

The limited series HALSTON follows the legendary fashion designer (Ewan McGregor), as he leverages his single, invented name into a worldwide fashion empire that's synonymous with luxury, sex, status and fame, literally defining the era he lives in, 1970's and '80's New York -- until a hostile takeover forces him to battle for control of his most precious asset... the name Halston itself.

Cast & Crew

Bill Pullman
David Mahoney
Rebecca Dayan
Elsa Peretti
David Pittu
Joe Eula
Krysta Rodriguez
Liza Minnelli
Rory Culkin
Joel Schumacher
Kelly Bishop
Eleanor Lambert
Ryan Murphy
Executive Producer
Alexis Martin Woodall
Executive Producer
Ian Brennan
Executive Producer
Daniel Minahan
Executive Producer
Ewan McGregor
Executive Producer
Eric Kovtun
Executive Producer
Sharr White
Executive Producer
Christine Vachon
Executive Producer
Pamela Koffler
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Critic Reviews for Halston Limited Series

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (21)

The ever-prolific producer Ryan Murphy tones down his hyperactive style just enough in this satisfying five-part miniseries on the famed '70s/'80s fashion designer.

May 20, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

[A] compelling epic about ego that embeds you in Halston's world of brilliant designs and self-sabotage.

May 14, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

What formed the man? We get nothing. Instead we get a façade. Which very well may be what Halston presented to the world, but it offers little to work with dramatically.

May 14, 2021 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

The series is ultimately too shallow and ephemeral to offer any real insights into Halston the man or what drove him to become one of the most well-known names in fashion.

Jun 4, 2021 | Full Review…

Murphy keeps such a tight rein on Halston's world that the designer is unable to breathe as a subject.

Jun 1, 2021 | Full Review…

Luckily, McGregor is dynamite in the role. He plays Halston with a bitter drawl, prickly body language and a permanent frown. It's a little alienating because of just how impenetrable he is -- but mostly works.

May 14, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

McGregor is great and Rodriguez is bound to win whatever awards are still around next year for her brilliant turn. Suitably, the production design is spectacular, but it is part of the facade to keep you distracted.

Jun 2, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

McGregor is solid, but in truth Halston's story just isn't that interesting.

Jun 1, 2021 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Ryan Murphy's new Netflix limited series on the 1970s fashion icon Halston is yet another showcase not only for Murphy's trademark bright and glossy style but also his contempt for the unglamorous rabble.

Jun 1, 2021 | Full Review…

Ewan McGregor [is] an emblem of versatility. [Full review in Spanish]

Jun 1, 2021 | Full Review…

Watching McGregor spew this exquisite venom like a deranged rattlesnake is entertaining enough, and he gets great support from the rest of the cast-particularly the amazing Krysta Rodriguez.

May 31, 2021 | Full Review…

Beneath the stylish exterior is a capable and moving meditation on how lonely it can really be at the top. Ewan McGregor is on a whole other level ...

May 28, 2021 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Halston: Limited Series

  • Jun 06, 2021
    The acting was very good in this dramatic biopic. I found the downfall story, while true, was difficult to watch. It is hard to believe that no one talked him into going to rehab. At times the story line went too far with the repeats of bad behavior. I got it and did not to see it over and over. Felt the 2nd half was better than the 1st. Unlikable characters well acted.
  • Jun 04, 2021
    I'm reviewing Netflix "Halston". I thoroughly enjoyed this highly stylized trip back in time. The fashion, the drama, the MAN. Halston. A name that for a time, EVERYONE knew, whether you were fashion-conscious or not. Highly recommend. be advised however, a few explicit sex scenes are not children appropriate. Put the kiddies to bed and enjoy some adult time.
  • Jun 02, 2021
    (Español / English) Una historia desangelada Sumario Constituía un desafío centrarse en la vida de un diseñador arrogante, maltratador, frívolo y poco conocido para el gran público y lograr que el espectador empatizara con él y su historia. Y Halston lamentablemente no lo supera, resultando una miniserie desangelada, acaso en parte por la composición solvente pero un tanto falta de matices de Ewan McGregor y con seguridad por un guion que convierte a esta biopic en una serie de lugares comunes (cuya sucesión se repite casi íntegramente en cada capítulo) y que reduce a casi todos los demás personajes a meros interlocutores. Reseña Halston es una biopic que recrea la carrera del diseñador de indumentaria Roy Halston Frowick desde su primer momento de fama como diseñador de los sombreros de Jackie Kennedy hasta su última etapa. Hay varios factores que contribuyen a hacer de Halston un producto fallido. Primero: ¿era su figura lo suficientemente interesante como para mantener un protagonismo excluyente? Ewan McGregor hace un trabajo solvente pero parcial de composición de personaje recreando a este individuo arrogante, vanidoso, frívolo, caprichoso y maltratador de sus vínculos y colaboradores y ciertamente irresponsable. Evidentemente, la personalidad y la conducta de Halston no mueven a empatizar con él, pero tampoco la caracterización de McGregor y sobre todo el guion, ya que este recorrido por su vida resulta un inventario de tópicos que comienzan a ser ya demasiado transitados: desde los remanidos flashbacks sobre su infancia en Iowa hasta la relación con los financistas que lo sostuvieron (aparece Bill Pullman en una gran labor), pasando por las caídas y ascensos, los raptos creativos, las crisis con sus colaboradores y amantes, los desplantes y las rabietas, con una reproducción prácticamente íntegra de esta serie de eventos en cada capítulo. Tal vez lo único que crece en el relato son sus adicciones. Las locaciones están logradas, algunas reflexiones sobre la creación suscitan de a ratos cierta atención y el glamour aparece, pero de un modo un tanto mecánico. La historia de Halston es también la de su grupo de colaboradores, que lograron trascendencia individual una vez que se alejaron de su entorno. Sin embargo, casi todos los personajes quedan reducidos al rol de meros interlocutores, con muy pocas excepciones, dicho esto sin pretender un desarrollo exhaustivo de todos ellos. La serie también es mezquina en cuanto a las celebrities con las que trató, centrándose casi exclusivamente en el vínculo con Liza Minelli de una manera bastante superficial y se diría inespecífica. Acaso Halston adquiera cierta carnadura en su último capítulo y en las escenas que tal vez constituyan lo mejor de la serie: las entrevistas que sostiene con el personaje que interpreta Vera Farmiga y con su financista David Mahoney (Bill Pullman). A soulles story Summary It was a challenge to focus on the life of an arrogant, abusive, frivolous, and little known designer to the general public and to get the viewer to empathize with him and his story. And Haslton unfortunately does not succeed, resulting in a soulless miniseries, perhaps in part because of the solvent composition but somewhat lack of nuances of Ewan McGregor and surely because of a script that turns this biopic into a series of common places (whose succession is repeated almost entirely in each chapter) and that reduces almost all the other characters to mere interlocutors. Review Halston is a biopic that recreates the career of clothing designer Roy Halston Frowick from his first moment of fame as a designer of Jackie Kennedy's hats to his last stage. There are several factors that contribute to making Halston a failed product. First: was his figure interesting enough to maintain an exclusive role? Ewan McGregor does a solvent but partial job of character composition recreating this arrogant, vain, frivolous, capricious and abusive individual of his ties and collaborators and certainly irresponsible. Obviously, Halston's personality and behavior do not lead to empathize with him, but neither does McGregor's characterization and especially the script, since this journey through his life is an inventory of topics that are already beginning to be too busy: from the remanufactured flashbacks about his childhood in Iowa to the relationship with the financiers who supported him (Bill Pullman appears in a great job), going through the falls and promotions, the creative abductions, the crises with his collaborators and lovers, the rudeness and the tantrums , with a practically complete reproduction of this series of events in each chapter. Perhaps the only thing that grows in the story is his addictions. The locations have been achieved, some reflections on creation occasionally attract some attention and the glamor appears, but in a somewhat mechanical way. Halston's story is also that of his group of collaborators, who achieved individual transcendence once they left his surroundings. However, almost all the characters are reduced to the role of mere interlocutors, with very few exceptions, said this without claiming an exhaustive development of all of them. The series is also petty when it comes to the celebrities he dealt with, focusing almost exclusively on the bond with Liza Minelli in a rather superficial and unspecific way. Perhaps Halston will acquire a certain meatiness in its last chapter and in the scenes that perhaps constitute the best of the series: the interviews he holds with the character played by Vera Farmiga and with his financier David Mahoney (Bill Pullman).
  • May 25, 2021
    Gay shlock. The writing was laughable. The acting decent.
  • May 25, 2021
    Engaging, beautifully filmed. Ewen McGregor is fantastic
  • May 25, 2021
    I think EM did an amazing job as Halston! It was entertaining, eye opening, emotional and well performed and written. If it were a movie I'd give him an Oscar!
  • May 24, 2021
    Compelling!! Based on the life of famous fashion designer Halston, this miniseries tracks the rise and fall of his worldwide fashion empire that represents luxury, sex, status and fame. Once again Ryan Murphy is the showrunner of a miniseries that is full of style and marvelous performances, including Ewan McGregor as the titular character and Krysta Rodriguez as Liza Minnelli. Even if you are not that interested in fashion, you can enjoy the incredible drama that delves into complex issues such as the consequences of substance abuse and how fame and success can easily go to somebody's head and ruin their lives.
  • May 23, 2021
    The single aspect holding Halston back is at 5 episodes it only feels like half a season, and leaves you wanting so much more. Beyond that, though, with Ryan Murphy's typically stylish and sensuous production, and Ewan McGregor giving a towering central performance, surrounded by a colorful supporting cast including Vera Farmiga in a special appearance, and Krysta Rodriguez in a breakthrough performance as Liza Minelli, Halston is endlessly entertaining, shamelessly queer, and a delicious mini-vacation into a universe of fashion and ego. I just wish it was 5 episodes longer.
  • May 21, 2021
    Great Limited Series! Could not stop watching. Great period piece from the 70's and 80's with fabulous production value, great acting and directing. Also great playlist of the New York night life.
  • May 20, 2021
    This is one of the best shows I've seen in years. If you are truly into fashion, enjoy high end couture and love the 70s/80s. This is incredible. It makes the Devil wears Prada look like playtime it's so much better. If it has a bad review it's because straight men are reviewing it. Or people are mad Ewan Mcgregor isn't actually a gay man in real life.

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