Succession: Season 1 Reviews

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Top Critic
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 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
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.
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
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 3, 2018
With luck there might be someone, somewhere to root for eventually, else the brutal cynicism become suffocating. Yet it was an enormously accomplished reassertion of how power and money still corrupt.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
August 2, 2018
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.
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...
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