The Crown: Season 2 (2017)

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The Crown continues its reign with a self-assured sophomore season that indulges in high drama and sumptuous costumes.

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Episodes

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Air date: Dec 8, 2017
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Air date: Dec 8, 2017
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Beginning with soldiers in Her Majesty's Armed Forces fighting an illegal war in Egypt, and ending with the downfall of her third Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan after a devastating scandal, the second season bears witness to the end of the age of deference, and ushers in the revolutionary era of the 1960s.

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Critic Reviews for The Crown Season 2

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (34)

Some viewers may look for exactly this in their television: a beautiful recreation of historical events, connected by safe assumptions about the people who lived through them. But television is capable of so much more.

Nov 21, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Like the Royal family, it feels as if The Crown relishes its indulgences once in a while.

Nov 21, 2017 | Full Review…
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Philip is dignified in one moment, a misogynist fool in the next; Matt Smith is superb in this role.

Nov 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Morgan not only has a series to match his 2006 Oscar-winning movie, The Queen, but finally one to exceed it. The Crown -- the second season, anyway -- is magnificent.

Dec 7, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
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I'm assuming that creator Peter Morgan meant for it to be comedy. There's really no other explanation for why Jeremy Northam played Prime Minister Anthony Eden like he's having a nervous breakdown in every scene.

Dec 7, 2017 | Full Review…
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The Crown isn't here to sing the praises of the orderly turnover of a parliamentary democracy, but only of the lasting fortitude of Her Majesty, long may she rule.

Dec 6, 2017 | Full Review…
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With Season 2, the flower is still golden, but the bloom has fallen off. The great saga of the end of Sir Winston has been replaced with kitchen-sink boredom about historical nonentities like Anthony Eden and Harold MacMillan.

Jan 30, 2020 | Full Review…

Superbly written, the season 2 of 'The Crown' is regarding technical, cast and script, the most ambitious thing Netflix has in its portfolio. [Full Review in Spanish]

Aug 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Helping cement how the palace wishes to be seen. This is a show so conservatively royalist in its myth-making, even Her Majesty is said to enjoy it.

Jan 31, 2019 | Full Review…

As with the first series, The Crown's cinematography deserves a big, royal fanfare.

Jan 16, 2019 | Full Review…

This 10-episode second season of The Crown is on one level a thoroughly entertaining exalted workplace drama where the setting is palaces, country homes and the changing monarchy of a declining Britain.

Jan 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Slow, at times. But the way The Crown... keeps the audience guessing about marriages we already know the ending to is anything but boring.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Crown: Season 2

  • May 29, 2020
    Season 2 is a continuation of the flawless season 1. Vanessa Kirby is stunning and nearly steals the show all by herself.
  • May 12, 2020
    Season 2 of the 'The Crown', just like S1, is very, very good. Great acting, terrific music, brilliant locations and, most importantly, a set of stories that are fascinating. It still isn't edge-of-your-seat television, but that's not an issue if the writers and onscreen talent do marvellous jobs - which they do. I will say, not that it's a big deal, I'm not sure the majority of episodes need to be 59-60mins long - you could trim a bit of fat, even if only by 5-9mins, and the impact would still be the same. A shame this is the last season for Claire Foy, who is again utterly fantastic as Queen Elizabeth II. I can't see Olivia Colman exceeding her in S3, though I'm still very much intrigued to see how it plays out. The rest of the cast, spearheaded by Matt Smith (Philip) and Anton Lesser (Harold Macmillan), again work ideally. It is also great to see Michael C. Hall appear, albeit briefly. It's not quite as good as the opening season, but this second offering is still right up there; even including one of my favourite episodes so far (#9).
  • Mar 31, 2020
    I have never been a series person as you see. I love the movies and I don't really watch many web series. A few have managed to impress me or leave some impression, at the least. You can find atleast hundreds of these web shows where I have unpopular opinions. But yeah, I must say that even when 'The Crown' is not a gem, not for me atleast- it never fell short of trying. This is not an effortlessly sleazy and lazy web series which somehow passes the time. It leaves a lasting impact, a fresh handprint. Having said that, 'The Crown Season 2' is as original as the first part, with obviously the powerful Claire Foy being the most exceptional as Elisabeth. Vanessa Kirby gets little space here, which is good because I think the makers have finally realized that despite the lady's best performance in her career, she isn't the best thing about the show. It's Elisabeth and the focus is beautifully grounded on her. The discovery here is Matt Smith- the marriage on the brink of falling from the hearth is what makes his skill even more better this time around. As Philip, he is poised, easily consumed, pissed off and humorous in the same measure. I loved this act, as I crushed on his reel wife. On the downside, the first few episodes are sloppily written. The Thursday lunch club thing bothered me much. But this one too is so much fun that you're willing to survive this sinking ship and the palace in the gunned turmoils. And you're still leaving with a grim smile on your face, as you know that this formula is only working for you for the last time. Bring new stuff to the series or it shall stagger!
  • Jan 18, 2020
    Claire Foy is Queen Elizabeth. The acting is great, the production design is wonderful, and the storytelling is some of the best on TV. It's engaging and totally bingeworthy.
  • Dec 28, 2019
    Season one was a hit. Always kept you on your toes wanting more, with an absolute stellar cast. Season two aired, and I was so excited that finally my favorite show continues. Season two started off with the most snoozeworthy first episode, so boring I fell asleep watching it on three separate occasions. Finally made it to 10 minutes into the second episode and realized I couldn't take it anymore with the new cast. What a bust.
  • Dec 12, 2019
    Season 2 proves why this is a great show that's worth watching with a calmly powerful and memorable central performance from Claire Foy. The rest of the cast are phenomenal in their roles as well and I couldn't help but be totally drawn to and engaged in this historical exploration of Buckingham Palace and Downing Street's haunting (and utterly human) underbelly.
  • Dec 01, 2019
    Even better than season 1. It's worth it every minute.
  • Nov 28, 2019
    Awesome. You can't just watch one episode.
  • Nov 18, 2019
    Vanessa Kirby really shines through this season and i think she will be an actress everyone will know sooner rather than later.
  • Oct 26, 2019
    What a wonderful cast...more a political drama than a royal tell all. The locations are a feast for the eye

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