The Crown: Season 1 (2016)



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


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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

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Critic Reviews for The Crown Season 1

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (27)

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



Super Reviewer


I really don't see the point of writing a series about the Queen when she is still very much alive. It's well acted but I am really unsure of the historical accuracy and the saucy drama. Matt Smith was a bad cast for playing Phillip.


Super Reviewer


"The Crown" is an expertly crafted series, with very good acting, costumes, music, sound and sets. But gee whiz! Could there be a more boring subject than a woman who has led a virtually scandal-free public life for 60-plus years and who studiously avoids expressing an opinion on anything? At times, it's like watching paint dry. One episode involves the riveting tale of HRH's choice of a last name for her family. Another episode is about pollution, that no one does anything about, and that goes away all on its own, resulting in no one getting in trouble for the pollution. There's no drama to this dramatic series.


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