Queen America: Season 1 (2018)

Season 1
Queen America

Critics Consensus

Not quite a showstopper, Queen America catwalks a tightrope between black comedy and straight drama but scores some points for Zeta-Jones' poised performance.



Critic Ratings: 13

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Nov 18, 2018

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Critic Reviews for Queen America Season 1

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

Queen America's flaws are many, but as it proceeds it gets less performatively sardonic and more empathetic toward its characters, delving into the various issues that have led them to pursue pageants with such intensity.

Dec 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Most of the narrative is as predictable as it is sedentary. The only surprise in the first three episodes comes from a wonky structure that makes you wait longer than necessary for the first pageant, only to be disappointed in how speedily it's over.

Dec 6, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A series whose main obstacle is found in the script itself. [Full Review in Spanish]

Feb 24, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Something in Queen America that kept me watching despite all that. Call it apathy or curiosity or a side-effect of being trained in the high art of marathoning T.V., but I zipped through all six episodes with a decent degree of satisfaction.

Dec 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Beauty pageant dark comedy is full of mature themes.

Nov 27, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

For one final dose of misanthropy this week, Queen America was the full-strength deal.

Nov 26, 2018 | Full Review…

'Broad' is the nice way of putting it but 'chewing the scenery' says it better.

Nov 26, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Stream it, especially if you're a Zeta-Jones fan. But be ready for a very uneven show that might take a few episodes to get going.

Nov 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Still, there's a watchable spark in Zeta-Jones and something admirable in the respect that Queen America shows to Samantha, who's played by Shouse with just the right mix of naïveté, charm, and self-awareness.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

In its own way, "Queen America" is a beaut.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Queen America: Season 1

  • Jan 11, 2019
    Great show! I just wish it was a full hour instead of 30 minutes. Catherine Zeta-Jones is perfect to play Vicki Ellis and I can't wait for the 2nd season.
  • Jan 02, 2019
    Started watching this for Catherine Zeta-Jones and in hopes for a fresh dark comedy look at beauty pageants. First two episodes were a drag and I would’ve given up if not for Tom Ellis’ appearance in episode 3. Oh well, even he did not make this worth my while. Sorry
  • Dec 03, 2018
    I just saw all 5 episodes back to back, what a highly entertaining show! I cannot wait for the next episodes! It touches on some heavy issues while still being darkly funny and the cast is excellent. I truly enjoyed every second of it.

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