The Great: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
The Great

Critics Consensus

The Great can't quite live up to its namesake, but delicious performances from Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult and a wicked sense of humor make it a pretty good watch.

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Critic Ratings: 75

84%

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User Ratings: 273

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Episodes

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Air date: May 15, 2020
2
Air date: May 15, 2020
3
Air date: May 15, 2020
4
Air date: May 15, 2020
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Air date: May 15, 2020
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Air date: May 15, 2020
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Air date: May 15, 2020
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Air date: May 15, 2020
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Air date: May 15, 2020
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Air date: May 15, 2020

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Critic Reviews for The Great Season 1

All Critics (75) | Top Critics (26)

McNamara -- along with Fanning and Hoult, whose fine-tuned performances turn Peter and Catherine's contentious relationship into a complex frenemy-ship -- focuses on how power, and the comfort that comes with it, can corrupt them both.

May 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Reality is rarely as funny as this sparkling period satire, set in mid-18th century Russia amid a sneaky coup d'état that plays out like a Scooby gang caper (with wigs).

May 14, 2020 | Full Review…

As with McNamara's justly celebrated screenplay for The Favourite, it's the emotional honesty of The Great that allows the comedy to land so viciously.

May 13, 2020 | Full Review…

"The Great" doesn't exactly live up to the title. Fanning and crew work wonders, but it's unclear who this series is aimed at.

May 11, 2020 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

"The Great" is an engaging historical satire that resonates thanks to its vision of courtly debauchery and the tremendous acting by Fanning, Hoult and the rest of the cast.

May 15, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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The most pleasant surprise here is Fanning, a skilled dramatic actor who hasn't had many chances to show her comedy chops over the course of her career.

May 15, 2020 | Full Review…
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What's a minor flaw among so much that is glorious? I only wish there could be a ten more great seasons of The Great, which thus far isn't even confirmed for a second season.

Jun 23, 2020 | Full Review…

Despite the modern twist, however, this wasn't history dumbed down - it was too vicious, too interested in cracking jokes about Descartes for that. Not panto horseplay, then, more a satirical cartoon come to bulbous, bulging life.

Jun 23, 2020 | Full Review…

This is a show that you will want to binge, but we firmly recommend that you don't; it's strong stuff in places and we advise that you take your time and enjoy it.

Jun 23, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

It twists history to serve its own purpose, rather than let facts dictate its narrative. The result is a refreshing interpretation of royal drama that's great enough to get away with rewriting the story of Catherine The Great.

Jun 19, 2020 | Full Review…

When Hoult and Fanning are going at it hammer and tongs, the air ignites. So not completely great, but pretty darn good. To coin Peter's catchphrase: 'Huzzah!'

Jun 19, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A wonderful and exquisitely anachronistic satire that knows how to play with its two protagonists and their antagonism. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jun 18, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Great: Season 1

  • 1d ago
    Disappointing. Hard to accept Russian monarchs behaving like more doltish members of the British aristocracy. Too much gratuitous sex, not enough story.
  • 2d ago
    sophomoric. frat boy humor. Quit after 4 episodes
  • 6d ago
    I signed up this page only to rate the great 5 out of 5 this show is f**king great ... Hazzah!!
  • Jun 27, 2020
    I did not like the movie "The Favorite" but like this. I suspect that is because the leading man is stupid rather than the leading woman. It's outrageous like "What We Do in the Shadows" is outrageous. Half-hour episodes might work better in this case, too.
  • Jun 22, 2020
    One of the best shows I've ever watched! Such a brilliant mix of genres with amazing characters and performances all round. And such brilliant writing!
  • Jun 21, 2020
    Phenomenal show. Superb writing and use of intelligent dialogue to create a very funny and highly enjoyable show.
  • Jun 20, 2020
    This could be a very fun show if the writer didn't insist on using the F**K word in every other sentence. Nothing prudish in this comment - it is just entirely superfluous and tedious to hear it spoken in every bit of dialog. Must be something from McNamara's (writer) childhood that makes him feel this is necessary. Yawn... so tiring (he probably thinks it's radical!). Otherwise enjoyable.
  • Jun 20, 2020
    Hoult is hilarious. A few 'fucks' too many, satire doesn't need that. But overall entertaining.
  • Jun 17, 2020
    I feel like this show missed the mark on what it could have been by trying to appeal to TOO many audiences. Their loose take on the facts is entertaining without a doubt, and the dialogue is smart and well written. However the credibility is lost in the amount of swearing and Huzzahs that have been added. You will have a sharp exchange between characters followed by what feels like an eternity of huzzahs to follow. It feels like they are trying to capture an audience that won't appreciate the witty conversations by dumbing it down with f-bombs and huzzah every other sentence. It was a bit much in my opinion. In the middle of a pandemic, it's a good watch to escape reality. Outside of that scenario I don't think I would have been able to stay invested.
  • Jun 16, 2020
    This show is just great TV. Everything about it is fantastically done. The story that doesn't take itself seriously and yet is relatively serious. Not pretending to be historically accurate, and yet captures an autocrats court in a believable way. The sets and costumes and production quality is five star. The ever effervescent and optimistic Catherine, the autocrat Peter who thinks everyone loves him, and the cast of character that surround them are all perfect. The season finale is just fantastic and leaves you wanting more.

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