The Crown: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
The Crown

Critics Consensus

Powerful performances and lavish cinematography make The Crown a top-notch production worthy of its grand subject.



Critic Ratings: 69


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1673
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Air date: Nov 4, 2016
Air date: Nov 4, 2016
Air date: Nov 4, 2016
Air date: Nov 4, 2016
Air date: Nov 4, 2016
Air date: Nov 4, 2016
Air date: Nov 4, 2016
Air date: Nov 4, 2016
Air date: Nov 4, 2016
Air date: Nov 4, 2016

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Season one begins with a 25-year-old Princess faced with the daunting prospect of leading the most famous monarchy in the world while forging a relationship with the domineering, war-hardened Prime Minister Winston Churchill.


Claire Foy
as Queen Elizabeth II
Vanessa Kirby
as Princess Margaret
Matt Smith (XI)
as Prince Philip
Jared Harris
as King George VI

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Critic Reviews for The Crown Season 1

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (28)

Netflix's lavish production ticks all the boxes of a royal awards contender: impeccable craftsmanship, sterling performances and a historical story. But all that polish may have dulled its edge.

Nov 14, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is big league television -- the kind of ambitious and exuberant project that will be talked about in years to come.

Nov 4, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Matt Smith and Claire Foy share a touching, easy chemistry that makes the longevity of the union easy to understand, and renders the couple not just sympathetic but human.

Nov 4, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It's very moving and will make you grateful to live in 2016. But it is a little gross.

Nov 4, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Its high points are too numerous to detail.

Nov 4, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Crown is the TV equivalent of a long drive through the English countryside. The scenery keeps changing, but remains the same. You nod off, then wake up - to see more of the same.

Nov 3, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

For those who eat this stuff up with a spoon, this is everything we could have wanted. The perfect costumes, the crown jewels, the vistas, from the aforesaid Mediterranean, to...her trip to Africa.

Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Seriously, don't miss out on some of the best TV of last year: this is a superb character drama that packs in loads of historical factoids and a rollicking good story.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

"Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown," wrote Shakespeare, who would surely approve of Netflix's new series about Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

While Lithgow receives a nice career boost for his work, it is Claire Foy who absolutely the breakout star of this series.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Crown: Season 1

  • 5d ago
    Really well made. The work of the whole team is above all praise!
  • Jun 04, 2019
    The Crown is a magnificent piece of art detailing the history of Queen Elizabeth II's rise to prominence. The direction, cinematography, writing, and acting exceed expectations as Netflix delivers yet another masterpiece.
  • Apr 12, 2019
    Fantastic and Marvellous, indeed the most detailed show I have ever seen. Highly recommended to anyone interested in royalty or just wanting something to watch.
  • Mar 02, 2019
    Well done, loved it!
  • Feb 05, 2019
    Compelling writing and performances, phenomenal production value . The cast is fantastic across the board - but Claire Foy and John Lithgow as Winston Churchill are magnificent.
  • Jan 16, 2019
    Though reluctant at first because of my lack of interest in the royal family, I decided to give The Crown a try, and let me tell you, you should too. With top notch performances by its leads, The Crown's first season deserves 5 stars.
  • Dec 31, 2018
    I want to see more! Great show a little slow at times but it helps build the story!
  • Dec 28, 2018
    Absolutely amazing acting and well written. Its worth a watch, Matt Smith gives a great representation of Philip.
  • Dec 19, 2018
    Claire Foy is beatiful actress in Queen Elizabeth
  • Oct 20, 2018
    Amazing show! Such an interesting family to follow and I'm a Brit who's not a massive fa of the royal family.

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