Succession: Season 1 (2018)

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Peppering its pathos with acid wit, Succession is a divine comedy of absolute power and dysfunction -- brought to vivid life by a ferocious ensemble.

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Critic Ratings: 82

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User Ratings: 258

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Air date: Jun 3, 2018

Series premiere. Media magnate and Waystar Royco CEO Logan Roy shocks his family, who are anxiously awaiting his imminent retirement, by announcing at his 80th birthday party that he's staying on indefinitely, a decision that ignites tension among his ambitious children and heirs apparent.

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Air date: Jun 10, 2018

Logan's incapacitation sets off a heated debate among his children, as the board rushes to inform the media about leadership contingencies before the stock market opens. Meanwhile, Greg is tasked with retrieving important items from the Roy apartment; Kendall makes an impassioned final plea to keep Waystar Royco in the family, and receives sobering news from longtime general counsel Gerri Kellman that dampens a moment of vindication.

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Air date: Jun 17, 2018

With Waystar's stock plunging to dangerous lows, Kendall is confronted with a major crisis involving a secret bank debt. Meanwhile, upset with Marcia for pulling rank in the Roy apartment, Shiv decides to enlist an old paramour to conduct a background check on Logan's third wife; Kendall and Roman attend their first big meeting in their new roles, as do Tom and Greg; and Kendall tries to convince Rava to give their marriage a second chance.

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Air date: Jun 24, 2018

The company's annual foundation gala fund-raiser is approaching, so Kendall polishes up his speech while enlisting an on-air personality from the Waystar's ATV Networks to accompany him. Meanwhile, Shiv tries to minimize damage from a sordid photo that threatens a client's political future; Tom inherits a "virus" from his predecessor in the parks and cruises division, and shares a disturbing file with Greg; and Logan makes a mark on his return to the office.

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Air date: Jul 1, 2018

After hearing Logan's plan to expand to local TV, Kendall begins to plot a vote of no confidence against his father. Meanwhile, Greg drives his ornery grandfather, Ewan, from Canada to New York for a Thanksgiving reunion with Logan; Tom grows increasingly concerned about the terms of his prenuptial agreement with Shiv, and recruits Greg for a clandestine task; and the family is surprised by Connor's choice of date at Thanksgiving dinner.

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Air date: Jul 8, 2018

With the vote of no confidence against Logan imminent, Roman tries to sway a neutral board member, while Kendall frantically shores up his "yea" votes. Meanwhile, Logan arrives in Washington to meet with the president, but worries he's been snubbed following a last-minute cancellation; after successfully thwarting a potential scandal, Tom introduces Greg to fine dining; and Shiv explores her options in D.C.

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Air date: Jul 15, 2018

In an effort to fix his public image, Logan agrees to a family therapy session at Connor's ranch in New Mexico, intending it to double as a publicity stunt. Meanwhile, lying low, Kendall spends time with the locals and finds his sobriety tested; Shiv considers putting herself in a precarious situation when Nate pushes her to join the team of Gil Eavis, a potential presidential candidate who goes against everything her father stands for.

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Air date: Jul 22, 2018

Tom has a bachelor party to remember; Kendall eyes a new business opportunity with a pair of idealistic entrepreneurs; Roman looks to land a deal for local TV stations with his father's longtime nemesis; Logan tasks Greg with acting as Kendall's babysitter during Tom's party; Shiv and Gil get ambushed during a TV interview on a Waystar network.

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Air date: Jul 29, 2018

The Roys assemble at Eastnor Castle in England to prepare for Shiv and Tom's wedding. Meanwhile, the children reunite with their mother, Caroline, who is every bit as acerbic as Logan; and as guests mingle and clash, Kendall learns from Stewy and Sandy that their plot for a hostile takeover of Waystar has been fast-tracked in order to catch Logan off-guard.

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Air date: Aug 5, 2018

In the Season 1 finale, Logan and his team find themselves in defense mode as word of the Waystar takeover bid spreads during the revelry of Tom and Shiv's wedding. Meanwhile, Kendall finds an escape outlet as the situation becomes supercharged, while Tom parlays his new wife's candor into the removal of an unwanted guest.

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The drama series follows the lives of the members of the Roy family, who control a big media conglomerate. Logan Roy (Brian Cox) announces on his 80th birthday that he has no intention to step down as CEO of Waystar Royco, a decision that creates tension among his heirs: Logan's children and in-laws all try to gain as much power within the company as they can, hoping to be able to take control when the time is right. In Season 1, everyone in the family starts pursuing their own agenda, but Logan isn't willing to go down quietly.

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Critic Reviews for Succession Season 1

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (35)

Stories of dysfunctional wealth have often been cloaked in soapy storylines and melodrama. These recent series are more serious and substantive.

Nov 25, 2019 | Full Review…
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Jesse Armstrong's speciality is writing stingers and elaborately vile speeches for his characters to deliver. This is simply showboating - not dialogue that can be convincingly responded to by the other characters. And they all speak this way.

Aug 2, 2018 | Full Review…

At least 80 percent of Succession can be watched in the spirit of Veep, which is to say, as a sharp and filthy satirical comedy.

Jun 5, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

"Succession" is elevated by Cox's turn. He looks like late director Robert Altman in the role, and he brings a little bit of Shakespearean weight as he patriarchs the hell out of his family.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

When it comes to a group of impossibly rich and grossly ambitious people all trying to undermine each other, comedy is easy to find. But Succession is a better and sharper series when it finds a relatable kind of sadness in its characters...

Jun 4, 2018 | Full Review…

After six episodes, Succession stops feeling like chunks of it are working and starts churning out more and more addictive content.

Jun 1, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Its family power struggle has echoes of "The Lion in Winter" and "The Godfather," only instead of Peter O'Toole or Marlon Brando, we have Brian Cox as patriarch Logan Roy scheming to hand over his empire.

Sep 22, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

A sharply drawn, scathing portrait of a family that owns and operates a global media conglomerate.

Aug 6, 2020 | Full Review…

The writing is sweeping, kaleidoscopic, vibrant, sharp and direct. [Full review in Spanish]

May 4, 2020 | Full Review…

Not only the best season of television of 2018, but one of the best debut seasons of television I've seen, up there with the first seasons of Deadwood, Spiral and The Wire ... they may not be good human beings, but they're ludicrously good characters.

Dec 12, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Effortlessly shifts between a serious family drama to a farcical exploration of power and wealth.

Oct 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Succession occupies a world of gleaming Manhattan apartments and sterile office buildings, but at its heart we're under no illusions that it's animal and primal and messy and disgusting.

Feb 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Succession: Season 1

  • Sep 06, 2020
    It's smart, amazingly acted, brilliantly written and it looks beautiful. At beginning I didn't knew why this show is hyped up so much and considered a masterpiece, but after 3-4 episodes I realized that I watch a comedy show and since that I couldn't stop watching. It is a hilarious funny show. The writing is so masterfully that one scene can be laugh out loud funny and tragically dark and sad at the same time, too. For me it is my second favorite hbo show since the Sopranos and I can't wait for season 3, because it gets better with every episode!
  • Sep 01, 2020
    Season 1 of Succession is already a Masterpiece in its Writing, Directing and Definitely the Acting because that is literally so good. The Score and especially Intro is one of the Bests ever and I really liked how they recomposing of the Intro in Plenty of Different Ways. RATING: 4,8
  • Aug 16, 2020
    Loved the cast/funny moments but feel like the actual storyline could've been developed further
  • Jul 31, 2020
    I couldn't really get into this series... Maybe because I don't care for Culkin. If I have time I will try and give it another chance since I have HBO Max...
  • Jul 28, 2020
    Superbly made fictional saga inspired by the (Murdoch?) family in a corporate setting which appears realistic. The family members are uniquely characterised but ring true. Since I have a personal interest in corporate politics I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. The luxe settings were pleasing. Logan - boss goals + + !! Is it acceptable to sacrifice strong family bonds on the altar of money and power? Probably not no matter how ever materially attractive it may seem. This is just fiction - in real life the consequences will not be scripted and probably worse!
  • Jul 18, 2020
    Vile humans doing vile things is the MOST entertaining. Stellar writing. Quick wit. Incredible performances. This show is rock-solid!
  • Jul 17, 2020
    One of the best shows on television. I am obsessed.
  • Jul 05, 2020
    I found Succession to be quite addictive. The way the siblings interacted with each other with their wit and own kind of family humor was great to watch. Really enjoyed the cast...either loved them or distrusted them. The ending was surprising and I can't wait to see what happens in season 3!
  • Jun 25, 2020
    A satire which everybody can get something out of
  • Jun 21, 2020
    Watched it during lockdown to see what the hype is all about. What a disappointment. A few minor laughs but it was all a bit of a cliched lefty wet dream - unspeakable Capitalists doing nasty things. Won't be bothering with the 2nd season.

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