The Great (2020)

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Season 1
The Great

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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: 87

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Air date: May 15, 2020

Catherine travels to Russia and becomes the Empress by marrying the Emperor of Russia, Peter; Catherine soon realizes Peter is a selfish brat and feels hopeless until her servant, Marial, presents her with an alternative path -- to overthrow Peter.

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Air date: May 15, 2020

Catherine takes her first steps toward a coup; she attempts to seduce and recruit palace intellectual Count Orlo; it's a disaster; however, after seeing Peter's brutal treatment of local nobles, the count decides to join Catherine's coup.

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Air date: May 15, 2020

Catherine, Orlo and Marial continue their coup planning; they try to recruit an unhappy military general, Velementov, for their cause; Peter, noting Catherine's unhappiness, gifts her with a sterile lover, Leo.

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Catherine tries to manage her reputation at court and her relationship with Leo, both of which distract her from the coup; the influential Patriarch of the church dies, and a new one must be chosen.

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As the war with Sweden rages, Catherine and Aunt Elizabeth visit the Russian front; Grigor poisons Peter; Velementov, Orlo, and Marial try to influence Catherine's steps toward takeover, as Peter's life hangs in the balance.

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Air date: May 15, 2020

Peter has a new lease on life after his near-death experience; he is open to Catherine's progressive ideas of introducing art and science to court and wants to focus on an heir; Orlo tries to figure out who poisoned Peter and faces demons of his own.

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Catherine feels optimistic about peaceful coexistence with Peter and their increasing chemistry; when smallpox breaks out in the servant's quarters, Peter reverts to his old ways; Leo and Catherine's relationship suffers, and Georgina misses Peter.

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Catherine's political abilities are tested when she's given an opportunity to travel abroad with Peter and Velementov to discuss ending the war with the Swedish king; Velementov sees the potential of her leadership and decides to support the coup.

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Tensions mount as Catherine, Orlo, Velementov, Leo, and Marial try to get regional counts on board with the coup; when a body is discovered, Peter decides to torture everyone to find the murderous traitors; Catherine realizes she is pregnant.

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Air date: May 15, 2020

Catherine decides to move forward with the coup on her birthday; Peter holds Leo hostage as collateral; Marial betrays Catherine to Peter; Catherine realizes that the only chance for a greater Russia is to fight, without Leo; the battle begins.

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Cast & Crew

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Elle Fanning
Catherine

Actor
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Nicholas Hoult
Peter

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Phoebe Fox
Marial

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Adam Godley
Archbishop

Actor
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Gwilym Lee
Grigor

Actor
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Charity Wakefield
Georgina

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Douglas Hodge
Velementov

Actor
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Sacha Dhawan
Orlov

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Tony McNamara
Executive Producer
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Marian Macgowan
Executive Producer
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Josh Kesselman
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Ron West
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Brittany Kahan Ward
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Doug Mankoff
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Andrew Spaulding
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Elle Fanning
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Mark Winemaker
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Matt Shakman
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Critic Reviews for The Great: Season 1

Audience Reviews for The Great: Season 1

  • Dec 18, 2022
    I didn't know what to expect but 5 minutes in and I was hooked. I think this show is absolutely brilliant in every way. The casting, comedic timing, absurdity and drama all make a wonderful amalgam that resulted in a binge-worthy series.
  • Nov 27, 2022
    Fantastic series. No complaints or suggestions other than to add two new series. Beautiful sets, costumes. Wonderfully funny. Great acting.
  • Nov 13, 2022
    Excelente serie, argumentalmente es muy solidad, una comedia dramática que tiene de todo y muy bien hecho, los personajes son excelentes, únicos, con diferencias claramente marcadas pero que conviven en una armonía caótica genial y todos resaltan sin verse opacados, las locaciones no se sienten repetitivas (aunque lo son) ya que al toda la dinámica desarrollarse en el palacio tiene esa aura de comedia situacional que la ayuda. Elle Fanning esta increíble, su interpretación y el desarrollo de su personaje es de lo mejor, la serie crece con ella en cada capitulo.
  • Oct 18, 2022
    It's funny for non Russians lol it's not meant to be historically accurate it's more of a comedy then anything so I laughed from beginning to end, love it! And love it more knowing it pisses off Russians lol
  • Sep 04, 2022
    The Great - S01 (TV 2020): Over-the-top parody of Catherine the Great's early years. It helps to know the real history to appreciate some of the jokes, which tend to be explicitly sexual. Everyone plays it straight but obviously all are having great fun. B-
  • Aug 26, 2022
    Soooo entertaining and funny!
  • Aug 20, 2022
    I really want to like this show. I just feel like I can't really get into it. its like the most depressing comedy but also drama?!? Honestly it could just be me, its kinda funny and kinda repulsive at the same time. I have grown bored with the show before the end of the first season
  • Aug 13, 2022
    Absolute brilliance! The character development, the casting, the writing...exquisite.
  • Aug 13, 2022
    This was so cute. Why I never felt compelled to watch Season 2 remains a mystery even to me. Y'all seem to think it's even better so I'll put it on the list
  • Jul 11, 2022
    Every episode is brilliant - brilliant performers, writers, direction, everything! And also, there is a little factual inspiration amongst the fun. Very excellent!

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