Queen America: Season 1 Reviews

December 13, 2018
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.
December 6, 2018
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.
November 16, 2018
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.
November 16, 2018
There's a potentially good show somewhere in Queen America, but the show is fighting with itself.
November 15, 2018
In the series, a black comedy (or is it a drama with occasional jokes?) about the desperate hangers-on in the beauty pageant scene, Zeta-Jones feels constrained by the show's sensibility and its sour lack of ambition.
February 25, 2019
A series whose main obstacle is found in the script itself. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 13, 2018
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.
November 27, 2018
Beauty pageant dark comedy is full of mature themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 26, 2018
For one final dose of misanthropy this week, Queen America was the full-strength deal.
November 26, 2018
'Broad' is the nice way of putting it but 'chewing the scenery' says it better.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 19, 2018
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.
November 16, 2018
In its own way, "Queen America" is a beaut.
November 16, 2018
In the grand scheme, Queen America pales in comparison to its forerunners. That doesn't mean it's a waste of time, though. And who knows, maybe it has a few surprises up its sleeve down the road.