The English Game: Miniseries (2020)


Miniseries
The English Game

Critics Consensus

Love it or loathe it, The English Game's love of the game is likely to illicit a rise out of fans, but tedious plotting stretched too thin may inspire others to riot.

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Critic Ratings: 13

94%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 17
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Episodes

1
Air date: Mar 20, 2020
2
Air date: Mar 20, 2020
3
Air date: Mar 20, 2020
4
Air date: Mar 20, 2020
5
Air date: Mar 20, 2020
6
Air date: Mar 20, 2020

Tv Season Info

In 1870s England, two footballers on opposite sides of a class divide forge a bond that helps bring the upper-class gentleman's sport to the masses.

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Critic Reviews for The English Game Miniseries

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

The stripped-to-the-bone element is one reason why it's breathtaking.

Mar 23, 2020 | Full Review…

It is impossible not to suspect there is someone poised behind the camera with whip raised, forcing them through this stuff.

Mar 20, 2020 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The most finely drawn character is Alma... adhering to the social decorum of the times, in which a woman knows her place, she conveys her character's loneliness, disappointments and flashes of anger with very simple gestures.

Mar 20, 2020 | Full Review…

By the end of the first episode I was gripped, but also slightly wondering how on earth all this was supposed to be stretched out for another five.

Mar 19, 2020 | Full Review…

The baggage ends up being a bit bittersweet, but it is still worth checking out, especially those interested in the origins of soccer. [Full Review in Spanish]

Mar 27, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A reminder that football unites us all, this scored drama goals.

Mar 25, 2020 | Full Review…

It's entertaining in a flimsy, forgettable way, giving us everything we'd anticipate expect from a period drama, and not much more.

Mar 25, 2020 | Full Review…

Apart from the novelty of having football at the centre of the action, The English Game has largely been compiled from a bunch of wheezy old cliches about class inequality.

Mar 23, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Mostly, this is Elizabeth Gaskell's North And South (complete with mill strikes) as teamed with a variety of highly predictable romance subplots and any number of underwhelming football scenes.

Mar 23, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A cast of young actors led by Edward Holcroft and Kevin Guthrie do their best to kick some life into the clichés, but The English Game is like a lumpy wet leather football that stubbornly refuses to lift.

Mar 23, 2020 | Full Review…

Much of the credit for that has to go to the cast - particularly the two leads, Edward Holcroft and Kevin Guthrie, who lend a good deal of a vigour to proceedings.

Mar 20, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Though The English Game doesn't have a lot of time to explore these characters more deeply, the actors provide so much in their portrayals that tell us all we need to know.

Mar 20, 2020 | Rating: 9.1/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The English Game: Miniseries

  • 9h ago
    I love the fact it brings the story of the most popular sport in the world, fútbol. I wish they follow with the history of the rise of the clubs we now know like Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, etc.
  • 15h ago
    Very well acted with tons of care and consideration put into the show as a whole. The period drama mixed with football makes for a very interesting and entertaining watch to say the least.
  • 1d ago
    Don't let the ''top critics'' deter you. Great story, appealing cast of excellent actors/actresses. We binged and were never bored for a moment.
  • 2d ago
    Wonderful series. Was totally invested in all the characters, even though I'm not into sports. Totally worth it.
  • 3d ago
    This series is at it's best when it shows the conflict of class, and the development of the game, the rise of the working class teams. It's at it's weakest with all the sub plots that go too far away from the main narrative which is the rise of the professionals over the public school teams. History is distorted, but that is sadly the case for pretty much every sports film and TV drama that's ever been made. Overall a good series.
  • 3d ago
    There are times when experienced critics get things embarrassingly wrong. This show is an example of that. It's well acted, carefully crafted and was made with passion. Even though it is about football but the football element merely appears. It's been well received by the audience so ignore the pundits.
  • 4d ago
    Really good true story of the beginnings of football (soccer) as a world sport. Interesting stories and historical drama!

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