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Succession: Season 1 (2018)




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


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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.


Brian Cox
as Logan Roy
Alan Ruck
as Connor Roy
Jeremy Strong
as Kendall Roy
Kieran Culkin
as Roman Roy
Sarah Snook
as Siobhan "Shiv" Roy
Rob Yang
as Lawrence
Natalie Gold
as Rava Roy
Parker Sawyers
as Alessandro
Eric Bogosian
as Gil Eavis
J. Smith-Cameron
as Gerri Kellman
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All Critics (71) | Top Critics (24)

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.

December 5, 2018 | Full Review…

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

August 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.

August 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.

August 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.

June 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.

June 15, 2018 | Full Review…

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