The Last Czars: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
The Last Czars

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Air date: Jul 3, 2019

In 1894, Nicholas II assumes the Russian throne, renouncing contemporary political ideas in favor of strict autocracy. However, an unfortunate event heralds his coronation day.

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Air date: Jul 3, 2019

Russia's disastrous war against Japan prompts civil unrest. Prince Alexei is diagnosed with hemophilia, and Siberian mystic Rasputin steps in.

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Air date: Jul 3, 2019

Rasputin's influence grows. The Romanovs retreat into a bubble of luxury while the czar's forces brutally suppress protests by a starving populace.

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Air date: Jul 3, 2019

World War I takes Nicholas to the front. Back home, outrage grows over high casualties and Alexandra and Rasputin's political intrigues.

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Rasputin is gone, but Nicholas continues his catastrophic policies in war and at home. Deprivation pushes the population from unrest to revolution.

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The czar abdicates, and civil war erupts. As pro-royalist forces close in on the house where the Romanovs are imprisoned, the family's fate is sealed.

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When social upheaval sweeps Russia in the early 20th century, Czar Nicholas II resists change, sparking a revolution and ending a dynasty.

Critic Reviews for The Last Czars Season 1

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

An extraordinary sum of money appeared to have been spent on making the facial hair look as awful as possible, including a ratty stick-on beard for Rasputin, who looked like a retired rapist goalkeeper.

Jul 8, 2019 | Full Review…

A stylish production abetted by commentary from historians of the Romanov period, The Last Czars, created by Nutopia, seamlessly blends remarkably detailed history with captivating dramatization. That's no small achievement.

Jul 3, 2019 | Full Review…

It's all completely formulaic and the wider question of our ongoing fascination with the Romanovs is set to one side across six one-hour episodes. But it is also delivered with top-rate razzle-dazzle.

Jul 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Last Czars aspires to a laughable objectivity suitable to a documentary, at the same time that it alters historical facts and turns its characters into caricatures. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 31, 2019 | Full Review…

It's random enough to be entertaining... It hits a sweet spot familiar to anyone who got drawn into the History Channel late at night as a tween.

Jul 19, 2019 | Full Review…

it's basically a mediocre History Channel show. Tonally, it's just bizarre, and after watching a series like Chernobyl, The Last Czars is basically like following a dinner at a James Beard Award-winning restaurant with a trip to Taco Bell.

Jul 17, 2019 | Full Review…

The Last Czars isn't it.

Jul 8, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's a final note that, like the rest of the series, sheds illuminating new light on a well-known tale.

Jul 8, 2019 | Full Review…

The hybrid format of The Last Czars takes some getting used to, but the performances are good enough to make you forget about some of this show's cheesier aspects and get into how Nicholas II makes the mistakes that lead to his banishment.

Jul 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Last Czars: Season 1

  • May 31, 2020
    A Netflix docudrama which explores the fall of the Romanov dynasty in Russia and the sad end of the monarchy in Russia in 1918. Tsar Nicholas II resists the social upheaval that is emerging in his country until the outbreak of the Russian Revolution, his eventual ejection from the throne and the heinous assassination of him, his wife and their children. After a thorough research involving all the events that led up to one of the most terrible events in Russian history, the series presents us all the details of the bad decisions made by the Czar and his decadent autocracy as well as all the mystery surrounding the fate of Anastasia.
  • May 10, 2020
    Even when it could not be 100% accurate it has wonderful performances that actually transport the audience and allow them to feel the character and get into the plot and an amazing and well made blend of real life photos and scenarios of that time and the interaction of biographers and historians in every episode. It is understandable that some details where omitted for the sake of the lenght of the serie and the story development. I really enjoyed it.
  • Apr 30, 2020
    While not 100% historically correct, this series gives you a good idea what happened with the Romanov family. This mini series is much under appreciated, in my opinion.
  • Apr 28, 2020
    Destroyed by the accents. Could be a good series but completely destroyed by putting english accents on characters who were Russian. It's very confusing and ridiculous. Isn't the purpose of acting supposed to be that you are able to pretend you are other people? Dreadful. Very difficult to watch with these accents, especially the Rasputin character. Ridiculous.
  • Apr 04, 2020
    Fine production marred by gratuitous, randy, pornographic sex scenes between Czar Nicholas and Alexandra. I presume they are mimicking HBO's standard fare, where they generously insert porno to spice up their tales. Worst is a complete absence of religious sensibilities since the Royal Pair have been canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church. To have Saints of the Church depicted in naked copulating is an outrage, a utter lack of respect. As everyone knows the entire family, including servants, was viciously slaughtered by the Communists in 1918. This included their 5 minor children, 4 daughters and a school age boy. HAVE SOME FUCKING RESPECT!! Based on a London Guardian article, the Russians themselves were laughing at the whole series. Lenin's tomb depicted on "Red Square" in 1905 (wouldn't be there for another twenty years). So I'm generous in my rating.
  • Feb 04, 2020
    Well produced but fails to real engage with the real complexities of the historical context, preferring instead a simplistic and unfulfilling narrative.
  • Oct 03, 2019
    Well, it was rotten indeed. I hoped for a good, dramatised documentary and got a soft porn instead! It should be labelled 18 not 15. Luckily I wanted to check it out before watching with the kids. I was sure it was going to be bloody hence the 15 rating, not because of the sex scenes. Shame on Netflix for including sex into almost everything historical now. Many series would be great for kids to learn about the past, but unfortunately they are not suitable.
  • Sep 29, 2019
    Incredible blend of history and drama.
  • Sep 14, 2019
    Really quite bad. Very poorly written with wooden dialogue and seemed to made on the cheap. The Eastern Front was a bit of a forest with a few sand bags. Rasputin seemed to walk all the way from Siberia on grass. No roads back then? Too much pointless bonking. For some reason the Bolsheviks were the only with Russian accents straight put of a bad seventies spy film. Every now and then a historian popped up to make it look like a documentary. They must be embarrased now. I started so I finished. I forced myself to watch to the end because I just wanted to see these boring people shot.
  • Sep 11, 2019
    It was so interesting and really enjoyed the format of docu/drama. This show has sparked more interest in this family and world events during that time.

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