Succession: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

The spectacle of rich people behaving badly makes Succession entertaining, but only up to a point.



Critic Ratings: 75


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User Ratings: 379

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Air date: Jun 3, 2018
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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 (75) | Top Critics (30)

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…

Succession is populated by a cesspool of vultures and terrible people you'd never personally want to know. But they sure are fun to watch.

Dec 5, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

All eyes are on Strong's haunted Kendall Roy, who looks at any moment as if he's going to go full Michael Corleone.

Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

As a fan of those shows - and virtually everything else Armstrong has worked on - I wanted to love this one too. But I couldn't, not quite.

Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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 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…

[It's] a project that likely would have worked better as one of those Saturday night HBO movies than a drawn-out 10-episode series.

Dec 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Succession somehow turned sociopaths trying to destroy one another into appointment viewing.

Dec 6, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a Greek tragedy juiced up by the kind of cutting humor that The Thick of It was known for.

Nov 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Succession: Season 1

  • Jun 14, 2019
    "Succession" is presently the best show on television, bar none. It's brilliant in almost all facets and it especially shines with its writing and character development. The camera is alive, improvisation is encouraged, and the actors purposefully do not know when they will be on camera during the ensemble scenes. This bit of genius prompts the cast (brimming with talent) to emote to everyone and everything going on around them. Repeat viewings of season one feel more and more gmrewarding as they accumulate. I'm obviously obsessed, but I'm also speaking truth. It's genre-bending, it's Shakespearean, and it's funny as hell. Watch this show over and over all summer to achieve nirvana. One caveat is that the show is not for dummies.
  • May 27, 2019
    just found this show, it is pretty good, at fist it was slow but by the 2nd episode I was hooked on the tension. the other reviews talked about it being vulgar, it is HBO and discovered that in 1st episode of Deadwood but got past it and loved that show and GOT had a lot of flesh so if you like HBO give this a shot
  • May 08, 2019
    One of the best shows I have seen in such a long time. Can't wait to watch Season 2.
  • Feb 16, 2019
    It's like a telenovela, made by HBO
  • Dec 09, 2018
    Boring characters, terrible to look at, horrible to watch, this is obviously a take on the Packers and Murdoch's of this world. I just could not get invested in the characters here, they are all terribly flawed and bad people so you don't have anybody to cheer for to rise to the top an win the big prize - to be head of the company. With terribly bad direction and cinematography it makes the show look like it was shot on an extremely low budget with an iPhone. I am not a fan of this 'shaky cam' style and wonder why so many shows these days seem to choose this method, it just makes it look second rate and cheap to me with out of context zoom ins and switching randomly to different characters by moving the lens and not cutting to a different camera can make you feel ill after a while. I will not be watching again, even though I am a fan of Aussie champ Sarah Snook, she can do much better than this.
  • Dec 06, 2018
    Like this show a lot. A bit contrived, however. Looking forward to 2nd Season to see what they do with it.
  • Dec 06, 2018
    A brilliant concept and a good cast brings this extraordinary show to life and should win a few major awards. The only reason its getting 4 stars is due to the cliched cop out in the season finale which was so obvious and cheap that it made the rest of the season look out of place. I hope they do better next time and don't underestimate their audience
  • Oct 04, 2018
    Succession is a terrific family drama. Yes, they are a very rich family. Yes, there is some business involved. But the real entertainment here comes from how the family interacts with each other, and how the concept of family only goes so far in business. It may be a bit over the top at times but that just adds to the entertainment value. The comedy is quite good as well. If you're a fan of family dramas with business being a bit of a background driver of the story, Succession is for you.
  • Sep 19, 2018
    Over-used non-stop profanity ruins this otherwise tepid plot. This vulgarity ill-serves the show and has no purpose other than to further the sterotype of rcih kids being inarticulte. Boring, unrealistic, slow.
  • Sep 10, 2018
    Exceptional in every way. Television worth watching.

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