The Crown: Season 4 (2020)

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Whatever historical liberties The Crown takes in its fourth season are easily forgiven thanks to the sheer power of its performances - particularly Gillian Anderson's imposing take on The Iron Lady and newcomer Emma Corrin's embodiment of a young Princess Diana.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2020

Charles encounters the shy and charming Diana Spencer for the first time as Elizabeth holds her first meeting with Margaret Thatcher, the first female prime minister of Britain. Later, the royal family suffers under the threat of assault by the IRA.

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At Balmoral Estate, Margaret Thatcher makes an official visit and struggles to bond with the royal family. Later, Charles must make a choice between loyalty and love.

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Diana takes up residence at Buckingham Palace after Charles's proposal, learning the royal routine while contending with her isolation and Charles's ex, Camilla Parker Bowles.

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Elizabeth shifts her perspective regarding her children after Thatcher's child goes missing.

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A frantic civilian invades the palace, waking the sleeping Elizabeth in her private chambers to discuss Thatcher's lawmaking and its effects on the employment crisis.

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In Australia, Diana learns to navigate her royal station alongside new motherhood as the tension between her and Charles escalates.

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A mentally unstable Margaret enlists professional help after uncovering unsettling information about the family's estranged members.

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Elizabeth and Thatcher struggle to reconcile their opinions over the sanctions in South Africa as other nations around the world denounce the apartheid policies.

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After narrowly losing his life in an avalanche, Charles strives to reconnect with Diana, inspiring the couple to work together to work on their marriage.

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Thatcher strives to maintain control as opponents continue to find flaws in her policies. Meanwhile, Charles and Diana's marriage disintegrates, spurring greater distance between the couple.

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Cast & Crew

Emma Corrin
Young Lady Diana Spencer
Helena Bonham Carter
Princess Margaret
Gillian Anderson
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Tobias Menzies
Prince Phillip
Erin Doherty
Princess Anne
Josh O'Connor
Prince Charles
Olivia Colman
Queen Elizabeth II
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 4

All Critics (108) | Top Critics (43)

It's telling that the most sympathetic newcomer this season is Michael Fagan, the Brit who sneaked into the palace in 1982 and confronted the queen in her bedroom.

Dec 22, 2020 | Full Review…

The dissonance between spoiled Royals and the modern world has turned darker, and the nobility seems a lot less noble. But it's still a fascinating mess for us mere mortals to watch.

Dec 22, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Colman remains a delight, and I could watch her read a phone book.

Dec 22, 2020 | Full Review…

10 episodes of television that may not be uniformly among the show's finest, but which are somehow its most authentic.

Nov 13, 2020 | Full Review…

This new set of episodes continues to give us both the long run and the short, the epic and the specific, as it goes from strength to strength.

Nov 12, 2020 | Full Review…

Best season yet.

Nov 11, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The Crown creators have outdone themselves this season, and as they prepare for a time jump and a cast change, it's sad to see such a strong cast go - but we can't wait to see what they have in store next.

Dec 22, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Eminently watchable, eternally classy, and enormously well performed, S4 sparkles and other points exasperates, but in that sense reflects the tenor of the era it covers.

Jan 31, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

"White rich people dealing with white rich problems" remains one of TV's most satisfying genres. In a year without Succession, no series could dethrone Peter Morgan's royal drama. The fourth season was the jewel in its crown.

Dec 30, 2020 | Full Review…

From the shy smile, to the cocked head and whispered voice, [Corrin] has perfectly captured the mouse that eventually roared.

Dec 22, 2020 | Full Review…

The Crown's fourth outing is the show back at its best. You may well come to it for the visual feast of Diana and Thatcher, but you'll leave with lots of food for thought - the mark of great telly.

Dec 22, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It is, without a doubt, the season many Crown viewers have been waiting for.

Dec 22, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Crown: Season 4

  • Apr 04, 2021
    Not having a British royalty obsession, I almost didn't watch "The Crown." What a mistake that would have been! Call it a soap opera if you like, but it's of the highest order, and while there's plenty that's a feast for the eye, that's not the point. This is no silly costume drama like "Downton Abbey" or the currently fashionable "Bridgerton." The acting, writing and direction are consistently excellent. If it were written in iambic pentameter, we might be calling in Shakespearean.
  • Apr 01, 2021
    Acting was great, but the story line and writing felt Short when telling what I thought would be the most interesting story to tell on the show.
  • Mar 30, 2021
    This series finally nailed the fresh air we needed in Season 3. Ill miss them but I hope the creator makes a S7 and have a change of heart once more.
  • Mar 30, 2021
    Still one of the best series Ive watched of all time. Its a shame if Emma Corrin, Gillian, Anderson, Josh O'Connor and the whole series doesnt get an awards sweep in September's Emmy Awards.
  • Mar 22, 2021
    Amazing and beautiful. Really touching and interesting!
  • Mar 07, 2021
    Season 4 Olivia Colman stars as Elizabeth, with main cast members Tobias Menzies, Helena Bonham Carter, Josh O'Connor, Marion Bailey, Erin Doherty and Emerald Fennell all reprising their roles from the third season. Gillian Anderson, Emma Corrin and Stephen Boxer are added to the main cast. Additionally, Charles Dance returns in the season's first episode and Claire Foy reprises her role as Elizabeth in a cameo flashback scene. The fourth season covers the time period between 1979 and 1990, is set during Margaret Thatcher's premiership, and introduces Lady Diana Spencer. Events depicted include the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, their 1983 tour of Australia and New Zealand, the Falklands War, Michael Fagan's break-in at Buckingham Palace,Lord Mountbatten's funeral,the Princess of Wales's appearance at the Barnardo's Champion Children Awards, and Thatcher's departure from office. Golden Globe 2021 Netflix original took home the trophy for Best Drama Series. The Crown is now a two-time winner in the category, previously being honored in 2017 for season 1.Josh O'Connor and Emma Corrin, were named the Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series and Best Performance by an Actress in a Drama Series.The Crown love continued later in the show with Gillian Anderson winning Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Margaret Thatcher. Whatever historical liberties The Crown takes in its fourth season are easily forgiven thanks to the sheer power of its performances , particularly Gillian Anderson's imposing take on The Iron Lady and newcomer Emma Corrin's embodiment of a young Princess Diana. 10/10
  • Mar 07, 2021
    Perfect Season! It's the first time I watched a Diana portrayal this perfect unlike its predecessors with either poor script, directing, or acting. Production value will just amaze you. The chemistry within the actors is SUPERB. I will miss them. Pls give Emma, Josh, Gillian, the costumes, and all the awards
  • Mar 07, 2021
    THE BEST SERIES OF NETFLIX EVER!!!!!!!
  • Mar 07, 2021
    This season blew me away I cried for Diana.
  • Mar 03, 2021
    I didn't like the story line. In the first two seasons it focused more on the queen and Philip and in the 3rd and 4th seasons it's mainly about Charles and now also about Margaret Thatcher. Also Princess Margherets roleThat was super boring.

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