Sanditon: Season 1 (2019 - 2020)


Season 1
Sanditon

Critics Consensus

Despite a strong start, Sanditon's soapy drama quickly dissolves into nothing more than just another beautiful, melodramatic period piece.

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Critic Ratings: 25

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User Ratings: 77
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Episodes

1
Air date: Jan 12, 2020
2
Air date: Jan 12, 2020
3
Air date: Jan 19, 2020
4
Air date: Jan 26, 2020
5
Air date: Feb 2, 2020
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Critic Reviews for Sanditon Season 1

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (13)

"Sanditon" is sexy escapism for winter, tart and political, gorgeous and honest. Austen would have loved it.

Jan 10, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Sanditon features all the customary lavish period trappings the "Masterpiece"/Austen pairing demands, but also plays with conventions and expectations.

Jan 10, 2020 | Full Review…
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With its constant winks, nudges and sniggers, Sanditon comes over like some ropey end-of-the-pier show, albeit one with breeches and bonnets.

Aug 28, 2019 | Full Review…

It's fabulously distracting, lavish, humane, funny, romantic and sexy as all get-out.

Jan 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Even in spite of Sanditon's many prosaic faults, I left the finale thinking, "Wow. They really went for it."

Jan 13, 2020 | Full Review…

It's not another "Downton Abbey" or "Victoria"; the characters don't have enough complexity or distinction. But it's a pleasing eight-episode diversion.

Jan 9, 2020 | Full Review…

The first 2 hours of Sanditon puts viewers amid a scheme in action, adding a sense of modernization to the story in an entertaining way.

Jan 14, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

With its crackling energy, romantic sparks and crisply modern awareness of the issues of class, money and gender identity it raises, "Sanditon" is as comforting as a cup of tea and as refreshing as a dip in the cold ocean waves.

Jan 9, 2020 | Full Review…

Issues of class and race factor into Sanditon's bustling subplots, adding a flourish of Dickensian realism to the high romance.

Jan 8, 2020 | Full Review…

There's never a real reason to be too worried about the Parkers, and there should be.

Jan 16, 2020 | Full Review…

An eight-part version of Jane Austen's last novel, a love story and women's lib tale set in a seaside resort.

Jan 16, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Sanditon isn't trying to be an "important" addition to Jane Austen's roster of classic stories and characters. It's more like an early 19th-century soap opera, and it helps that Andrew Davies has decided to not take the material all that seriously.

Jan 14, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sanditon: Season 1

  • 9h ago
    Loved it! Want Season 2 and HEA ending.
  • 18h ago
    Love this show! Great character development and story lines happening in Season 1. We need a Season 2!!
  • 3d ago
    That ending, seriously?
  • 3d ago
    Badly done. Badly done indeed! Normally the infallible Andrew Davies writes the most moving and beautiful screenplays that not only capture audiences but captures the essence of a story. Unfortunately, Davies's talent is limited to completed stories. When left to his own devices, his writing is, at best, ham-handed and cartoonish and at worst, offensive and ridiculous. Sanditon is an unfinished novel of Jane Austen's. The fragment is barely 12 chapters, but those chapters are full of humor, wit, nuance, and insightful commentary about humans and illness. Diana and Arthur Parker are a hilarious duo that steal every scene. Sir Edward and Miss Denham are clearly the villains, but their charm sets them up as worthy adversaries of the clear-sighted homebody, Charlotte Heywood. The show is a pale imitation of that fragment because it tries to be a cheap copy of Pride and Prejudice. Like Elizabeth Bennet, Charlotte is supposed to be too opinionated for her own good, and is chastised constantly for this. When she's not apologizing, she's squinting. A lot. She also falls victim to the trope of an ingenue suddenly have insightful business acumen despite her limited experience outside of her family's farm. Overall, she's the most boring Austen heroine, to date. In spite of all of these deterrents, Davies is determined to make Sidney Parker fall in love with her. The two have zero chemistry. All he does is brood and yell at everyone around him. He has no personality, no background, and no facial expressions. He's supposed to be like Darcy, but he has all of that great hero's flaws but none of his attractions. The rest of the characters are cardboard cutouts. The Denhams are so laughably evil, all they're missing are curly mustaches. Arthur and Diana Parker are barely utilized, and their talent is wasted. But no one is so abused in this as is Miss Lambe. As Austen's first major character of color, it is hard to say how she would have appeared to contemporary audiences. However, Davies's depiction of her is so sexist and racist that almost anything Austen would've done must be an improvement. In the fragment, Miss Lambe is introduced as a wealthy but frail young lady of color from the West Indies. Clearly, she's Charlotte's foil and the rival to Sidney Parker's love. Davies chucks this interpretation out of the window and instead makes Sidney her unnecessary guardian. All he does is berate her dress, her behavior, and her opinions. It's a very disturbing image watching a white man exerting his dominance over the only woman of color in this production, especially when that woman is dressed in her underclothes. I'm shocked this was given the green light. In addition, Davies instructs every other character (except woke Charlotte) to be as racist as possible to Miss Lambe. These scenes could be instructional or at least interesting, if Sidney wasn't constantly yelling at his ward to shut up every time she spoke up for herself. Oh, and he yells at Charlotte for the same thing. Such a charming quirk. Overall, Sanditon reeks of oppression, not just for its characters but for the viewers. By making his characters so shallow, Davies leaves viewers no doubt as to whom they should root for and whom they should boo. With tacky sex scenes, gaslighting, and assault that's barely acknowledged, the user is left with the worst Austen adaptation to date and just a bad period drama.
  • 4d ago
    It's a great blend of elements from all her novels, and a bit of George Eliot. Great fun! Hats off! Please start making the sequel second season.
  • 4d ago
    Just watched episode 3 last night and, so far, I give it a big thumbs up! It's entertaining, just enough sexy, and transports me to another world. The scenery is beautiful, the wardrobe is stunning, and the characters are engaging. I do hope that more unveils and that we really get to know each character as the show continues. Don't give up PBS...continue us on this journey, please!
  • 4d ago
    They've only shown the first two episodes in the u.s. but so far it is horrible and not anywhere close to the part of the book that was written. It's all Hollywood and no character. The farthest from a Jane Austen story I've ever seen. They say it was based on the first 11 chapters, but not a single one of the character except for lady D is anywhere close to what Jane Austen actually wrote before her death. From what I've read it will end just as badly. Thank heavens for books!
  • 4d ago
    The wit, charm, and propriety in Austen's work, as well as the depth of emotion she could evoke are missing. Strong women are a theme of Austen and their depth was ignored by the screenplay but not the actors.
  • 5d ago
    It is Lovely and amazing. We need season 2!
  • 5d ago
    While this may be a bit, ahem, risqué for Austen, I binged the season in two days with bated breath. Each episode more thoroughly captivating with such wonderful cast chemistry.

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