Succession: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1

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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.



Critic Ratings: 79


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User Ratings: 165
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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 (79) | 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…
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"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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

Oct 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Succession: Season 1

  • Jan 23, 2020
    Almost unbearable. Pretentious trash. The zoom in zoom out camera crap is cringeworthy and embarrassing. I didn't even know that was still being done anymore. This show lost me in the first two minutes when the son calls his father, and the writers didn't trust that we knew it was the father, so they have the son say "dad" a million times on the phone. The writers do not trust the intelligence of the audience. That's when I knew what kind of incompetence I was probably in for. I watched the first episode and couldn't stand it any longer. Boring and unrealistic. Total fake crap. Kieren Culken is just awful to watch, mainly because of the particularly vile character he plays. But they make him look so ugly and annoying. He is probably miscast. How do this show win any awards?
  • Jan 15, 2020
    Not sure what the buzz is all about with this show. Almost every character is a miserable selfish sadist and money grabber. And, I care about none of them. Why would I want to spend my valuable time with these people? Perhaps others see the value in the style of the show and nuances of the writing. I am not one of them.
  • Jan 11, 2020
    Por mas que la entiendo como una sátira a las familias de poder dueñas de multinacionales, resulta muy sonsa, los personajes no pasan de ser parodias mal hechas de los reales imbéciles que han gobernado nuestras sociedades del tipo Bush Jr., o Trump, o Andrés Pastrana, en el caso local. La historia es predecible y se pone desesperante por la falta de acción, la temporada, de 10 horas, se podría resumir muy bien en 2 0 3 horas a lo más.
  • Jan 02, 2020
    Totally camp but loved it!
  • Jan 01, 2020
    Just got partially through Episode 3 of Season 1 and stopped it to go do something else. Then I said to myself "Why am I watching this?" "Succession" has all the hackney tropes about rich people - especially rich NY'ers - being so 'different' from us because they're more uncouth, more rude, more spoiled and more ruthless than 'real' people. I just don't buy it. This is simply cheap story telling using cartoon characters in real estate porn-like settings. I found "Succession" to be a sooo predictable dramedy that will be neither very dramatic nor very funny. I could easily fall in to watching "Succession" as a guilty pleasure, but there is so much more worthy TV out there to watch.
  • Nov 14, 2019
    Though some parts can be dramatic- between the nuanced characters and some truly shocking plot points (that finale…), wow this is a well-written season of TV. The Roys may know big words, but they will always be children as long as Logan is around.
  • Nov 09, 2019
    It's absolutely incredible. Reviewers saying it's comedy are off-base: you can't categorize this show. It's witty, uncomfortable, often devastating, and most importantly brilliantly crafted. It's hard to think of a superior show on HBO (or elsewhere). Watch it now.
  • Nov 01, 2019
    Gripping. Multilayered, and funny. One of the best shows to come out in the last few years.
  • Oct 29, 2019
    It's supposed to be a comedy but most of it isn't very funny. The writing relies on cheap sex and foul language vs. witty prose. Just weak overall.
  • Oct 25, 2019
    All the characters are so loathsome but so compelling! You just want all their chickens to come home to roost 😉

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