The Great: Season 1 (2020)

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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: 84

83%

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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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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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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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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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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

Elle Fanning
Catherine

Actor
Nicholas Hoult
Peter

Actor
Phoebe Fox
Marial

Actor
Adam Godley
Archbishop

Actor
Gwilym Lee
Grigor

Actor
Charity Wakefield
Georgina

Actor
Douglas Hodge
Velementov

Actor
Sacha Dhawan
Orlov

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

Audience Reviews for The Great: Season 1

  • Sep 25, 2021
    This series is very entertaining, funny, dark, candidly clever, and beautifully presented. That is the worst thing about it. The work has absolutely "great" treatment of drama, wit, emotion, and depth of character. Kudos writer, direction, set design, camera, actors, wardrobe and everyone else who shared in the production. At worst, good entertainment. At best, a GREAT example of what can be brought to the audience.
  • Aug 23, 2021
    really fun and crazy and ridiculous-- this is not historical in the traditional sense, but it communicates the feeling of history better than many more historically "accurate" things i have seen. People have always been people, and power has always been able to create wiiiiild situations. Very engaging plotline, the set and wardrobe are INCREDIBLE, the look of the whole thing is very satisfying (composition of shots, whatnot), and quite funny. Some of it is a bit gory (though arguably cartoonishly so), so watch out for that if you're sensitive to that sort of thing.
  • Aug 16, 2021
    An entertaining mix of debauchery, barbarity, power games, human fragility, and humour
  • Aug 08, 2021
    I have to say Nicholas Hoult did an amazing job in this series. It's not a perfect show but I still enjoyed it.
  • Aug 08, 2021
    It's watchable, but not as good as I hoped it would be. Some things were funny, some things were eyeroll material and some characters like the "sassy" maid Marial annoyed me.
  • Aug 08, 2021
    The show was okay, it had some funny and witty moments but there were also some scenes where I thought "absolut drivel".
  • Jun 23, 2021
    Wonderfully witty and original. The cinematography, costumes and set are pure joy to watch. The script is well written, the dialogue is clever and the actors do a great job delivering the complex feelings that the characters are feeling. One of the best shows I've seen in years! Added bonus to me that the series has pissed off racist Russians who claim it is an insult that there are black people at court - as if this isn't a historical satire with loads of creative liberties in order to deliver the main aspects of the plot that got Catherine The Great into power. I highly recommend it.
  • May 20, 2021
    I loved this show so much, it adds a comedic and dark humor sense. And even though it isn't full historical, I really like the character. I also believe that the actors/actresses portrayed the characters really well. Can't wait for Season 2!!
  • May 08, 2021
    It is refreshing to see a hilarious version of a historic series. Exceptional performances from the two principles, while the sets and costumes are amazing.
  • Apr 27, 2021
    "The Great" lived up to its title and then some. Hoult (Czar), Fanning (German bride) and the other characters play off each other brilliantly due to top notch writing, direction, casting, and acting. Having studied World History at university both in the US and in Europe, the eccentricity of the characters and Russian outlandishness is VERY BELIEVABLE...as well as laugh out loud funny not only because of the inspired writing (with many writer's liberties, yes) but because it was the Russian monarchy's very excesses, eccentricities and disconnect from the common people that eventually led to Russia's Bolshevik Revolution with Czar Nicholas II being overthrown, similar to the overthrow of Louis XVI during the French revolution which led to Napoleon. All in all, a brilliant, brilliant show. Season 2 can't come fast enough!!

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