Succession: Season 1 Reviews

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November 25, 2019
Stories of dysfunctional wealth have often been cloaked in soapy storylines and melodrama. These recent series are more serious and substantive.
October 24, 2019
Effortlessly shifts between a serious family drama to a farcical exploration of power and wealth.
October 22, 2019
These privileged adults remain in part children, forever in their father's shadow and trying to make sense of their lives. Succession is bitterly funny and juicy entertainment, but with mercurial assurance it slowly reveals itself as a tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 15, 2019
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.
January 11, 2019
Oh, it's delicious, this dark soap opera-cum-socio-political satire. Funny, too, and occasionally shocking in its portrayal of the cruelty - both casual and calculated - of the unfathomably rich.
December 28, 2018
[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.
December 13, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 7, 2018
The stakes are raised and the manners deranged, and its pitiless satire of a powerful family-a pack of wonderfully awful people invented by Jesse Armstrong-blossoms as a dark farce of American capitalism.
December 6, 2018
Succession somehow turned sociopaths trying to destroy one another into appointment viewing.
December 6, 2018
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.
November 29, 2018
It's a Greek tragedy juiced up by the kind of cutting humor that The Thick of It was known for.
November 16, 2018
Makes it enormous fun to share in the misfortunes of members of the Fortune 500.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 29, 2018
Succession is an addictive show with its tense family drama, pitch-black comedy, and its comfortableness with having no redeeming characters as an open rebuke of our twisted wealth obsession.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 17, 2018
The best HBO show you're not watching and the only show that's literally raised my internal temperature.
October 10, 2018
We should spare time for the Roys. They're only the most exciting commentary and take on wealth in America in the past decade of television.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 5, 2018
Impossible to pick a favourite performance overall, but I'd put high up Matthew Macfadyen's portrayal of Tom, a grovelling insipid homunculus so exquisitely done he was like a Dickens grotesque.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 14, 2018
Towards the end, Succession acquires tragic tints that few series reach, with echoes of the Kennedy clan and the famous incident in Chappaquiddick. [Full review in Spanish]
September 10, 2018
There are many jokes in the show, but the wittiest of them must be the end credits: "Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental and unintentional." Sure it is.
August 29, 2018
The great strength of the show is that it manages to deepen these monstrous characters-to grant them meaningful context, even pathos-without glamorizing them. They're ultrapowerful weaklings, not cathartic fantasy figures.
August 27, 2018
The show is not just an indictment of the white American elite, it's an indictment of America as a whole-its immovable institutions and its faltering leadership at a time of great global change.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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