The Crown: Season 1 (2016)

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

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Episodes

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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.

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Critic Reviews for The Crown Season 1

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (33)

As a rebellious American, I think what's missing here is the voice of the British people. Without them, "The Crown" gives us little sense how the marriages and mishaps of a mostly ceremonial monarchy could still inspire a great nation.

Nov 25, 2019 | Full Review…
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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…
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It's very moving and will make you grateful to live in 2016. But it is a little gross.

Nov 4, 2016 | Full Review…
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Its high points are too numerous to detail.

Nov 4, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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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…
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Should you watch it: Indubitably. Creator Peter Morgan, who wrote The Queen... breathes life into this alien, ossified world - and we watch that world suck the life out of this young woman.

Nov 3, 2016 | Full Review…

At the very least, you will forever more see the queen and her prince in a whole new light.

Jan 2, 2020 | Full Review…

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…

Foy does not say a single word for the last 10 minutes of "Smoke and Mirrors," and you could not point to a single change in her physical behavior. Yet her transformation, while just sitting silently on a throne, is astounding.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Crown: Season 1

  • 2d ago
    The Crown is the best TV Series I ever watch! Love every Character on it, Prince Philipp and Queen Elizabeth is really cute together and I love them. Highly recommend to watch This Show! I won't spoiled much but the show is really good!!!
  • May 10, 2020
    Gripping from the first moments.
  • May 07, 2020
    Season 1 of 'The Crown' is impressive, though isn't anything overly enthralling. That's not a negative per se, but it's very much a show that I can sit back and enjoy as opposed to being on the edge of my seat. The standout part to this is the cast, who do an admirable job at portraying their characters. If I have one grievance it is that the story does feel very well told, too well in-fact - as in, you can tell it's written based on how everyone knows the subjects involved; Winston Churchill being the key example of that, it can all come across a little too on the nose at times. As noted, the cast are fantastic. Claire Foy is an incredible cast as Queen Elizabeth II. Not only does she look like her, she portrays her exceptionally - very impressive performance. The aforementioned Churchill is played by John Lithgow, who I was unsure about during the opening episodes but by the end he also delivers - he's fun to watch in the role, even if it is a tad exaggerated portrayal here and there. Matt Smith (Philip), Vanessa Kirby (Margaret) and Jared Harris (King George VI) are also good here. The whole look of the show is superb. Love the work of Hans Zimmer & Rupert Gregson-Williams on the theme/music, also.
  • Apr 03, 2020
    It's so much better than I expected (I actually thought I'd probably quit after the first episode). It's beautifully shot, all performances are stellar and the factual and fictional bits blend perfectly. There is much focus on politics and society rather than a soppy idealisation of royalty.
  • Mar 31, 2020
    As royal and lavish it is, the Netflix web show 'The Crown' is an impactfully made biographical series which stays precisely on point. It also delivers the count of the powerful performances, and Claire Foy's lead turn as Queen Elizabeth is shining. You go on with her then, as the show struggles after reaching halfway through the glorious pathway, stumbling as it needs desparately to add more diversity, but ends up with one-note cardboard-ish characters. As it is though, it's still a series worth watching because of not just the competent craft or the beautiful performance, but also for being brave enough to embrace the tranquility and originality. However, keep the expectations short and the offering shall be a lot more sweet mn
  • Jan 23, 2020
    I have never been interested in the royal family but this series had me hooked immediately. It's beautifully made and told with honor and honesty. And the acting is amazing.
  • Jan 20, 2020
    Claire Foy is insanely good as young Queen Elizabeth. She imbues her character with humanity and just right, light touch of charm while remaining true to the frumpishness and uptight, unquirky personality.
  • Jan 13, 2020
    Just brilliant, totally engrossing. Watched the entire season over 2 nights and loved every one. Compelling TV, great stories based in actual history and the actors are wonderful
  • Jan 05, 2020
    Absolutely brilliant. Phenomenal pacing, cinematography, acting, soundtrack, and portrayal of historical events and people. If you enjoy period dramas, you need to watch The Crown. I enjoyed the likes of Downton Abbey, and this by far exceeds that for me. The Crown hooked me from the first episode and I rave about it to my friends and family. It really places you in that period in time, and presents a deeper perspective into the royal family as people, their highs and lows, their support and opposition, their values and troubles. All in all it's a beautifully constructed show, depicting the time and sense of place vividly, with incredible acting and opening theme, and it's clearly very well directed. I highly recommend it.
  • Jan 05, 2020
    Cant give this more than 100 but it deserves it.

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