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

Air date: Nov 4, 2016

A young Princess Elizabeth marries Prince Philip. As King George VI?s health worsens, Winston Churchill is elected prime minister for the second time.

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With King George too ill to travel, Elizabeth and Philip embark on a four-continent Commonwealth tour. Party leaders attempt to undermine Churchill.

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With Elizabeth in a new role, Philip tries to assert some power. Churchill wants to delay the coronation. King George's disgraced brother arrives.

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When dense smog cripples London for days and creates a serious health hazard, Churchill's inaction leaves him vulnerable to his political enemies.

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Elizabeth rejects protocol by appointing Philip to coordinate her coronation, but his ideas create conflict. The Duke of Windsor returns to London.

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Margaret and Peter come to Elizabeth with a request. With a royal scandal about to break in the newspapers, the Queen Mother intervenes.

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As the Soviets test the H-bomb, both Churchill and Eden have major health crises. Angry about her inadequate education, Elizabeth hires a tutor.

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Elizabeth and Philip go on an exhausting world journey. Margaret takes over some of her sister's official duties and tries to liven things up.

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As tensions with Philip increase, Elizabeth spends time with her old friend Porchey. Churchill's portrait is painted for his 80th birthday.

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Margaret and Peter are reunited, but another obstacle stands in their way. Elizabeth is torn between her duty as Queen and her love for her sister.

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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.

Cast & Crew

Claire Foy
Queen Elizabeth II
Eileen Atkins
Queen Mary
Matt Smith
Prince Phillip
Vanessa Kirby
Princess Margaret
John Lithgow
Sir Winston Churchill
Victoria Hamilton
The Queen Mother
Jared Harris
King George VI
Tanya Seghatchian
Executive Producer
Suzanne Mackie
Executive Producer
Matthew Byam-Shaw
Executive Producer
Robert Fox
Executive Producer
Stephen Daldry
Executive Producer
Andy Harries
Executive Producer
Philip Martin
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for The Crown Season 1

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (39)

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…

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…

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

Nov 4, 2016 | Full Review…

Its high points are too numerous to detail.

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

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…

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…

A warts-and-all portrayal, but the royals are unlikely to mind. There is a sensitivity here which humanises them in a sympathetic if not reverent manner, making them look just like commoners with titles and wealth: vulnerable and flawed.

Mar 9, 2021 | Full Review…

The Crown demonstrates this predominance of the objective, of class forces, of historical law. ... The wretched people in this series are entirely the playthings of forces beyond their control.

Feb 11, 2021 | Full Review…

Netflix's royals drama is a good TV show, but what I'm really here for is the fountain pens.

Dec 1, 2020 | Full Review…

Addictive and tantalizing, Season 4 is the best season yet.

Nov 22, 2020 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

Anglophiles will have no trouble bingeing the season, but I admit I was left feeling somewhat unsatiated in the end.

Sep 19, 2020 | Rating: C- | 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…

Audience Reviews for The Crown: Season 1

  • 2d ago
    Great series , actors were actually pretty impressive .
  • Apr 23, 2021
    Excellent presentation and engaging story. The death of Prince Philip caused me to finally check this show out and I can now see why so many love it so. The acting is top form and I now have a renewed interest in everything English. 9/10
  • Apr 04, 2021
    I can recognize a good casting and a high quality plot. It was still boring though. Maybe it's the royal family who the story is based about. They're just not exiting.
  • Mar 07, 2021
    For those who eat this stuff up with a spoon, 'The Crown' is everything we could have wanted. Addictive and tantalizing. Powerful performances and lavish cinematography make The Crown a top-notch production worthy of its grand subject. Season 1 Beginning with her 1947 wedding, this epic drama charts the life of Queen Elizabeth II, who becomes leader of the world's most famous monarchy at the tender age of 25 -- commencing a reign that will last more than six decades. The first season of 'The Crown' features brilliant performances from Claire Foy,(Claire won a Golden Globe for her role as Queen Elizabeth II ) John Lithgow and the rest of the cast, and is an immersive experience into the fascinating world of English royalty. Should you watch it: Indubitably yes !10/10
  • Mar 07, 2021
    Overwhelmed. I do not like the subject and never watched it earlier than this, but these people made it interesting just as Churchill and The King's Speech made similar subjects interesting, not to mention the Benjamin Black novel about the sisters during WW II. Now I have 3 seasons to go before I can change the channel.
  • Mar 03, 2021
    Absolutely amazing! Immaculate acting, BEAUTIFUL cast (especially Claire Foy) and the plot line is so interesting and fascinating to watch.
  • Feb 22, 2021
    Incredibly well written. Beautifully shot. Amazing performances. SEE IT ! And this is coming from someone that HATES Royalty.
  • Jan 21, 2021
    The first season and since it's the second season was like the first bite of a well cooked, well seasoned steak. Your senses delight and you can't wait for the next bite. Unfortunately the last bites of that same steak feel more like filler than delightful indulgence. That's the way I felt as we watched seasons 2-4.
  • Jan 16, 2021
    The first season of 'The Crown' features brilliant performances from Claire Foy, John Lithgow and the rest of the cast, and is an immersive experience into the fascinating world of English royalty.
  • Jan 03, 2021
    Fantastic! A well written show following the crown during the early ruling of Queen Elizabeth the 2nd and the lives of the royal family. Dealing with very interesting stories and fantastic acting, this first season is my personal favorite of the series.

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