The Last Czars: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
The Last Czars

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Air date: Jul 3, 2019
Air date: Jul 3, 2019
Air date: Jul 3, 2019
Air date: Jul 3, 2019
Air date: Jul 3, 2019
Air date: Jul 3, 2019

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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 (8) | Top Critics (2)

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

Jul 12, 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…

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for The Last Czars: Season 1

  • 2d ago
    Made a RT account just to post this. All the comments about inaccuracies made me laugh - a 5 second Google search will show Nicholas II did indeed have a dragon tattoo on his arm. I quite liked the "interruptions" by academics as it reminded me it wasn't fiction; these were real events that took place. At the same time, the dramatisation lures you into the story and makes it feel more human. I would have liked to have seen more 'real' footage and photographs. And I would have liked it to have been in Russian, but I appreciate this was made for an English-speaking audience. There were a lot of sex scenes which felt a bit gratuitous at times, but Rasputin was a highly sexual character, so it would be wrong to show a sanitised version of him. I also wish they spent less time on the Anastasia/Anna Anderson storyline, as that has been conclusively disproven, so I found it to be somewhat sensationalist. All in all, it's actually surprisingly accurate. Of course, there are a few minor inaccuracies, but I've studied Russian history and I found it to be more or less spot on, as were any things I had to fact check. I would recommend it, especially to someone who wants to learn more about the Romanovs, it's a good introduction.
  • 2d ago
    Learned some new things. Gratefull that they spoke english. Love the fact that they brought in some professional. Nice that they showed real video and photos. Fantastic how much a like the actors are the czar and the rest of the charaters
  • 2d ago
    Great program, compared with others of the same subject, very detailed and also focuses on the supposed Anastasia's surviving character
  • 5d ago
    There are some great things about this show, such as the acting and costuming. Sadly, the switch between historical series and documentary series makes for a strange mix.
  • 5d ago
    A middle of the road series that enlightens one as to the end of the czars in Russia. The part of Rasputin could have been better cast. He is fine as an actor, but Rasputin was allegedly a huge man. I think that the size matters in this part of domination of the will of others.
  • 5d ago
    It's not surprising that this is the laughing stock in Russia. I downloaded the whole season but couldn't get through the first 30 minutes before giving up on it. Unbelievable that this made it past the pilot - it must have cost a lot to make.
  • 6d ago
    The Last Czars had potential to be a really captivating series. But it would of worked more if it swung fully into being a Docuseries, or being a fully fledged drama. I might have been able to bear it if the dialogue in the scenes wasn't so god awful and non appropriate of the time.
  • Jul 10, 2019
    Lovely story and production but the constant interruption by narration absolutely ruins what could be a magnificent show. Disappointed.
  • Jul 10, 2019
    Always been weirdly enchanted with the story of the Romanovs, and loved the formatting of drama and documentary style depictions. There's more perspectives and events to consider when you look at their fall, and I believe this series brings those to light very well. I'm so used to either complete dramas, with some elements thrown in without any historical accuracy/relevancy, or a documentary that's too stuffy to sit through. This is the best of both! Loved learning and understanding certain moments a little deeper, but also seeing re-enactments done better than I have ever seen! I made a RT account just to write this review!
  • Jul 10, 2019
    I signed up for a RT account to hopefully spare you from wasting your time on The Last Czars. This project can't decide if it's a documentary or a period piece but it tries really hard to be both. Unfortunately it accomplishes neither very well. The academic interjections absolutely ruin the mood that the dramatic storytelling attempts to establish. As a big follower of Russian history and European royal dynasties I was very excited to see this series but various anachronisms (Lenin's tomb in 1908 Russia anyone?) and downright laziness (they couldn't be bothered to cover up the lead actor's forearm tattoo for a sex scene) made enjoying it impossible. I watched all six episodes and found it progressively more disappointing as it went on. Even the opulence, something for which the Romanovs were particularly well known, is downplayed. Do yourself a favor and just read Robert K. Massie's "The Romanovs".

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