The Crown: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
The Crown

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



Critic Ratings: 68


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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 (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…
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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…
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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…
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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

  • 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.
  • Sep 21, 2018
    A fascinating portrait of the British monarchy. The Crown is a gripping drama filled with history. Season 1 is a phenomenal portrait of Queen Elizabeth II's life from the period of 1950 through 1955. You get insight into her relationship with her father, mother, sister, and husband as well as Elizabeth's political relationship with Winston Churchill. The drama is intense and you will keep being stunned by the outcome. I found The Crown quite informative of the time from Queen Elizabeth's perspective. You get a real feel for the early '50's at the start of her reign. Through all the tragedy, hardships, triumphs, and solitude, The Crown takes you alongside The Queen for everything. Claire Foy is remarkable as the stern, new monarch struggling to attain respect. Matt Smith is fun as Phillip in all his raucous outings. Vanessa Kirby is incredible as Princess Margaret. Jared Harris is fascinating as the former King. Lastly, John Lithgow is excellent as the outgoing and stubborn Churchill. In all, season 1 will keep you on the edge of your seat for all of the political intrigue and scandal. I look forward to season 2.

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