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Succession: Season 1 Reviews

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June 24, 2018
The best thing that one can say about the new HBO drama, Succession, is that it is the dramatic version of Arrested Development.
May 31, 2018
Only a few minutes into HBO's new corporate family drama Succession, I found myself wondering who, exactly, was supposed to enjoy this slog of a series.
June 5, 2018
You're left with the feeling of a series willfully missing its own most interesting points.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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May 31, 2018
At first engaging, then slowly, inexorably, Succession turns into work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 5, 2018
It's a show we don't really need at all.
June 1, 2018
Although the Roys are far from the first ethically bankrupt brood to darken prestige cable TV with their reprehensible ways, they never get a chance to grow on us or fully develop as characters, despite the efforts of a strong ensemble cast.
June 14, 2018
Cox is always entertaining, and there is some good dialogue in the show, although it's hard at times to really care which of his scheming children is ascendant.
May 31, 2018
"Succession" makes it clear that the Roys are not especially nice people. They are also, alas, not especially fascinating. Pink slips for everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 7, 2018
Succession plays out like a typical drama about snarky, rich, terrible people, but its cringe-worthy willingness to explore just how horrible these people are is one of its biggest strengths.
June 18, 2018
It is hard to relate to the über-rich characters of Succession, but boy is it fun to luxuriate in their #RichPeopleProblems.
June 4, 2018
The Roy family's elitism is nasty and brutish. In general, Succession provokes laughs only to force the viewer to swallow them seconds later.
June 18, 2018
It's not a subtle approach, but one of the things I like about McKay is that he's one of the few comedy directors with a distinct eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 8, 2018
I'm solidly here for the acerbic, timely, and increasingly hilarious Succession.
May 30, 2018
Succession...blend[s] moments of tenderness and pathos with high drama. And as a critique of the 1 percent, it could not be more timely.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 1, 2018
One thing the series understands better than other sagas about rich family dynasties...is that the characters are far more interesting together than they are apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 4, 2018
Includes just enough humor to balance out the family drama-induced outrageousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 8, 2018
[It] plays like a dark comedy, with its deadpan tone working harder to underline the absurdity of the Roys' antics than to build real sympathy for its characters.
May 30, 2018
Succession, indeed, is at its best, and its most purely enjoyable, when it pushes past the temptation to be fun alone.
June 1, 2018
Succession does a fine job of depicting how enormous privilege ultimately serves as its own kind of black hole.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 4, 2018
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...
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