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Succession: Season 1 Reviews

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 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.
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
Blink and you'll miss this summer's most riveting, riotous show on television.
August 7, 2018
Succession has a feline appeal, slinking back and letting the viewer approach it and make her own conclusions about these characters' virtues, or lack thereof.
August 6, 2018
One of the thrills of Succession has been to see this kind of merciless dialogue injected into the more polite company of the hour-long drama.
August 6, 2018
If there's going to be one thing this year that makes you feel heart-sorry for the perils of the super-rich, for the games that must be played in order to stay above the herd, above the little people, and retain any love of family, this is assuredly it.
August 2, 2018
Above all, Succession is reassuring, in that it seems to argue that wealth and power offer no respite from the obligation to live one's life in mortal fear - poor, bare, forked.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 15, 2018
"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 13, 2018
It's a thin, dotted line that separates dark comedy from satirical drama, and Succession, which sits atop it, leans discernibly toward the serious.
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.
June 5, 2018
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
You're left with the feeling of a series willfully missing its own most interesting points.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 4, 2018
There is much to admire here, especially in the florid, profane dialogue. The tone of it, at first elusive, is downright toxic.
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...
June 4, 2018
Succession is a funny, incisive portrait of the dynamics within a well-off family, but it's also a cautionary tale about how dicey and unethical it is to employ too many relatives.
June 4, 2018
A much darker and crueler Arrested Development, albeit with more cunning personalities and a distinctly New York brand of familial cruelty.
June 1, 2018
Smartly sketched, what I like most about Succession is that it's novelistic in form and, yet, not bombastic. It lets things flow, leaving you the viewer to fill in gaps.
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 1, 2018
After six episodes, Succession stops feeling like chunks of it are working and starts churning out more and more addictive content.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 1, 2018
One thing the series understands better than other sagas about rich family that the characters are far more interesting together than they are apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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 1, 2018
The resulting irresistible entertainment comes in many forms, but there it is, whatever the circumstance.
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.
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May 31, 2018
At first engaging, then slowly, inexorably, Succession turns into work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 30, 2018
Succession, indeed, is at its best, and its most purely enjoyable, when it pushes past the temptation to be fun alone.
May 30, 2018
It's off to a more interesting start than several recent HBO shows (I'm looking at you, Here and Now) and the pedigree of the cast and crew should keep the production engaging.
May 29, 2018
You won't wish yourself a part of this family, you may not emotionally invest in their internal conflicts, and you certainly won't root for anybody, but there's ample entertainment in watching these thin-blooded titans self-destruct.