The Last Tycoon: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
The Last Tycoon

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This old-fashioned tour through F. Scott Fitzgerald's vision of Hollywood has lush production values and an attractive varnish of glamorous pedigree, but lacks a storytelling hook or a compelling character to latch onto - resulting in an inert bauble that is pleasing to look at but elusive to feel.

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Critic Ratings: 41

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User Ratings: 176

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Episodes

Air date: Jun 17, 2016

TV adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel set in a 1930s Hollywood studio, where a rising young executive battles for control with his scheming boss.

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Air date: Jul 27, 2017

Monroe becomes involved with Kathleen, but she opposes being Minna's stand-in. When his latest venture begins disastrously, Pat Brady grudgingly takes Monroe's assistance. As producer, Celia is too comfortable, and Hackett tries teaching her a lesson.

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Air date: Jul 27, 2017

Validating himself as studio head, Pat Brady acquires starlet Margo Taft. Monroe struggles handling both bosses; Louis B. Mayer takes command. Rose wants a new escape; Celia bonds with the office boy. Monroe and Kathleen become more vulnerable.

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Air date: Jul 27, 2017

The death of Irving Thalberg upsets the industry, leaving Brady uncertain about his leading man. Trying to save the studio, Monroe imperils his new relationship. Celia's notes on Hackett's script are accepted; Rose befriends a patient volunteering.

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Air date: Jul 27, 2017

Hiding his true plan, Stahr throws a lavish industry party. Brady asks Margo to be leading lady. Brady's flirting and Stahr's joy torment Rose. Celia and Lang's alliance turns exciting; a visitor excites Hackett. Kathleen obliges to a screen test.

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Air date: Jul 27, 2017

Stahr urges Kathleen to attend Lang's rehearsal; he spends the holiday alone, pondering his decisions. Brady plots to lift ticket sales. Kathleen faces a perverse road to fame. Rose preps Kitty for surgery; After a calamity, Max and Celia connect.

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Air date: Jul 27, 2017

Stahr seeks to properly promote Kathleen while handling replies to his news. Brady's daring venture has wide effects; Monroe manages the fallout. Kathleen's lies grow out of control. Celia and Max explore their new bond; Hackett stands firm.

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Air date: Jul 27, 2017

Stahr campaigns for the studio's first Oscar nomination. Brady hunts for a quick fix to balance the books and stop the Board's criticism. Lang's expectations test Celia's grit. Kathleen plans to end her risky facade; Rose uncovers something awful.

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Air date: Jul 27, 2017

An extreme choice to save the studio alters Brady and Stahr's relationship. Monroe copes with Kathleen's dishonesty; Rose creates a new life path. Celia's father gives her a lesson. Max's errors come to light; Hackett's suggestion stuns Hannah.

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Critic Reviews for The Last Tycoon Season 1

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (23)

The melodrama is largely focused on the people inside and on an industry that's always been in love with itself. It's not a perfect show, but it's a pretty perfect binge-watch, if that's how you choose to do it.

Mar 1, 2019 | Full Review…

The result is a glossy look at the time period that, despite leaning on some familiar emotional and story territory, still makes for an engaging, enjoyable viewing experience.

Jul 31, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The Last Tycoon is so sumptuous that it's easy to overlook how pedestrian the story often is. That's not immediately apparent because what's onscreen is stunning.

Jul 27, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The show looks beautiful enough and has been so well-cast that those qualities can sometimes be enough when you're looking for a streaming option on a hot summer weekend.

Jul 26, 2017 | Full Review…

The series acutely feels like an idea that would have made for a good movie, instead of being stretched to a breaking point to make it work for TV.

Mar 1, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A diverting series that uses history the way revelers at a Gatsby-themed party today use a strand of fake pearls... It's a missed opportunity. One that, after a gorgeous 10 hours, you may not remember.

Mar 1, 2019 | Full Review…

The Last Tycoon has all the glamorous trappings of old Hollywood: Amazon clearly threw lots of money at the screen, with sumptuous costumes by Mad Men designer Janie Bryant. But the joy is missing.

Mar 1, 2019 | Full Review…

While the period details are exquisite throughout "The Last Tycoon," the conflict doesn't jump off the screen quite like the costumes.

Nov 1, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

There's a lot of pedigree here, but none of it jumps off the screen.

Dec 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Part of the problem is that [Matt] Bomer's performance doesn't suggest the emotional or artistic depths of Monroe. In a role that calls for a Don Draper, he is too often like a less-pouty Pete Campbell.

Dec 27, 2017 | Full Review…

The Last Tycoon is a 1930s Hollywood drama based on the last, unfinished novel by F Scott Fitzgerald. This script should have stayed in the drawer, too.

Dec 26, 2017 | Full Review…

It's absolutely gorgeous to behold in its sumptuous re-creation of 1930s Hollywood glamour, yet glacial in pace, only sporadically catching dramatic fire.

Jul 31, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Last Tycoon: Season 1

  • May 18, 2020
    Not good, certainly not an improvement on the Elia Kazan 1976 movie. Although both suffer from a lack of realism with regards to the Stahr character. His physical vulnerability needs to be in the casting. He couldn't be a superman, not physically if he is based on Irving Thalberg?
  • Mar 06, 2020
    Magically, nostalgically fabulous! Why was it cancelled? I want more seasons! I got hooked!!! ♥️
  • Jan 12, 2020
    I want to see a second season. I love this series. It was left unfinished. It stinks that the Kathleen character and The Pat Brady character get away with their shady antics.
  • Nov 05, 2019
    Amazing show...too bad they canceled it.. :( I hope that it will be a second season somewhere......
  • Aug 03, 2019
    Top quality in every way. Acting, Writing, Directing. I enjoyed it very much. It's was sad to learn that such a rare ensemble of talent and movie magic will not continue.
  • Apr 10, 2019
    once you got into it, it was an excellent show. Classic period piece, beautifully filmed, great cast. Too bad it was canceled
  • Nov 29, 2018
    This was a really good show! So surprised that it was cancelled. But, still worth binge watching the show!
  • Nov 18, 2018
    Bring season 2!!! Beautiful show with a great cast. I’m shocked this was cancelled.
  • Jun 22, 2018
    This is an Awesome show. I need more!
  • Jun 15, 2018
    I really enjoyed watching the first season, loved every moment of it!!! I was so disappoint when I just found out the show was cancelled, this sucks, Amazon should reconsider

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