The English Game: Miniseries (2020)


Miniseries
The English Game

Critics Consensus

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: 19

85%

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User Ratings: 74

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Air date: Mar 20, 2020

A cotton mill owner in working-class Darwen hires two star Scottish footballers to join the local team in hopes of competing for the FA Cup title.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2020

As Fergus brings new life to the football club, emotions run high when a wage cut is imposed at the mills. Arthur makes a new connection in Darwen.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2020

Fergus faces a gut-wrenching decision that could affect his relationships in Darwen. Arthur's new outlook rankles his posh friends and family.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2020

Martha gets difficult news. Arthur and Alma make a grim discovery. Fergus struggles in his new role, and a match in Blackburn ends in chaos.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2020

A guilt-stricken Fergus gets shocking news from Martha. Walsh and Cartwright make a pact. The FA takes drastic action without Arthur's input.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2020

Fergus heads to London to make an appeal to the FA. Arthur pleads with his friends to act for the good of the game as the FA Cup Final approaches.

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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 (19) | Top Critics (11)

It is the true joy of TV, [that] it delves you into a world that you think you wouldn't know anything about. This is one of those shows.

Jul 15, 2020 | Full Review…

There's plenty of fudging of the facts... But that's not the biggest failing of The English Game. Nor is the fact some of the relationship drama feels rather wooden and perfunctory. The biggest issue is that there's not enough of, well, the English game.

Apr 24, 2020 | Full Review…

The costume and production design is immersive, it's all quite gorgeously shot, and the whole stands alongside The Crown in showing that Netflix can get this stuff done every bit as well as the BBC.

Apr 1, 2020 | Full Review…

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

Mar 23, 2020 | 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 well mounted, strongly acted and consistently watchable series.

Jul 13, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This is a series about football, which means they have to play football for long stretches of every episode. And yet somehow the show manages to make every game stereotypical and yet simultaneously tedious.

Apr 14, 2020 | Full Review…

You begin [the show] thinking that you're going to see something interesting about the origins of football in England and end up swallowing a cheesy and gimmicky melodrama without an iota of depth. [Full review in Spanish]

Apr 7, 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…

Audience Reviews for The English Game: Miniseries

  • Nov 16, 2020
    Set in the 1870s, it is a story about the invention of football in Great Britain when it was a sport only for the wealthy and how it rose to become the world's game by crossing class divides with the help of Arthur Kinnaird and Fergus Suter, probably the first professional footballer in history. Julian Fellowes, famous for his Downton Abbey series, presents a great period drama and it is rather interesting to see the football sociological implications when it was almost forced to develop as a professional game in the 19th century. The football scenes are engaging as well as the subplots of its main characters.
  • Oct 09, 2020
    Awesome series. I haven't seen a period drama this engaging since World on Fire.
  • Aug 25, 2020
    Too much of family and friends drama, rather than concentrate on the theme of the series "Football".
  • Aug 08, 2020
    Really a good sociological analysis of English class and gender relations.
  • Jun 26, 2020
    Not bad as a diversion and a look at soccer's beginnings. Characters are a bit cartoonish. It's by the author of Downton Abbey so it's in that vein just not as good.
  • May 15, 2020
    Love the era it was set in, the cast, the storylines are deep. Really shows how the game of football formed in England so love the history element. Binge worthy for sure. Can't wait for season 2
  • May 07, 2020
    as a football fan Its ok. It did not really suck me in like most sports series are. When you are watching series like this or even any serial. It is supposed to suck you in. you are supposed to want to keep watching it. over all I think it is nothing special.
  • Apr 24, 2020
    While not as much action as one may anticipate, the English game provided quality characters that you could root for not only on the field but off the field as well due to their honesty and spirit in their day-to-day lives. A wholesome good story.
  • Apr 14, 2020
    The story flowing is really good, and if you enjoy football you will like it.
  • Apr 11, 2020
    a really interesting piece of football history and how it is and always be the people's game. at times the football games in the shop got me excited. probably due to lack of football given the world's situation right now. Did not care at all for the rich dude's wife's story arch.

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