The New Pope: Season 1 (2020)

Season 1
The New Pope

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Though its predecessor's shadow looms large, devout fans will still find much to like in The New Pope's exploration of power dynamics and sumptuous strangeness.



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Air date: Jan 13, 2020

Series premiere. Following his sudden heart attack, Pope Pius XIII lies in a coma while his followers fervently pray for a miraculous recovery. As the threat of terrorism and the potential risks of Pius's idolatry loom, Secretary of State Cardinal Voiello is pressured to bring a new pope to power and, with the conclave at a deadlock, makes a hasty move that throws the Church into even greater chaos.

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Air date: Jan 20, 2020

Rumors swirl about the Church's role in a sudden death, so Voiello, Gutierrez, Assente, Aguirre and Sofia travel to the U.K. to the grand estate of Sir John Brannox, hoping to convince him to return with them to the Vatican and accept the holiest of roles. An alluring but sensitive man who carries with him an unshakeable family tragedy, Brannox is harder to sway than expected, but a determined Voiello presses ahead. Meanwhile, Esther shares her son's story with the press to makes ends meet.

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Air date: Jan 27, 2019

Still considering the offer of Supreme Pontiff, Brannox reflects on his past, while Voiello makes clear his commitment to his mission's success. After being elected pope and taking the name "John Paul III," Brannox preaches the importance of family, truth and love in his first public homily and to the cardinals. Esther bonds with Fabiano, a widower and new member of the parish, who offers an unusual solution to her money woes.

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Air date: Feb 3, 2020

Following an audience with Marilyn Manson, Brannox decides to pay a visit to Pius XIII, and is confronted with the intensity of his predecessor's followers. Later, Brannox appoints Cardinal Spalletta, with whom he shares a past, to a new role. Voiello prepares for a long war with Sister Lisette after the nuns go on strike. The Church faces the prospect of bankruptcy as the Italian government looks to make changes. Gutierrez has a clandestine meeting, which he later confesses to the pontiff.

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Air date: Feb 10, 2020

The Pope gets some new ideas after meeting with star Sharon Stone. Elsewhere, the Pontiff and Sofia's relationship flourishes.

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Air date: Feb 17, 2020

John Paul III gets ready for a ground-breaking interview while the radio broadcasts Pius XIII's breathing,

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Air date: Feb 24, 2020

In Venice, a papal doctor and his wife struggle to care for their sick son and witness a miracle; Pius XIII's devotees grow resigned and change course; an attack on Vatican soil shakes Brannox to his core and prompts him to admit a hard truth to Gutierrez; Sofia comes to Voiello for advice on how to handle the pope.

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Air date: Mar 2, 2020

Sofia sets out to bring an ashamed Brannox back to the Vatican from the Dolomites. Meanwhile, warned by Bauer of the Church's demise unless immediate action is taken, Voiello is called upon to make things right and, later, mourns a tragic loss; and the nuns appeal to an unaccommodating Assente.

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Air date: Mar 9, 2020

In the season finale, John Paul III addresses his followers with a message of love that resonates. Meanwhile, a historic meeting of the minds occurs after six children and their teacher are taken hostage on the island of Ventotene, and as the Church prepares for battle, Voiello receives a visit from a man close to the caliph, and a rescue mission has an unexpected conclusion.

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Critic Reviews for The New Pope Season 1

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (24)

"The New Pope" has a lot to say about the church's role in the modern world, its significance to socio-political events, and what's expected of its leaders - and it says it with a sharpened edge.

Jan 13, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

It can also veer into indulgence, sometimes seeming to shock for shock's sake. Prepare yourself for those moments... but do not let them stop you from gobbling up every strange, sad, sexy, unsettling second of this series.

Jan 13, 2020 | Full Review…

Unlike season one, whose story seemed to lurch along as if truggling to find its way, season two's narrative unspools steadily - if slowly, at times - and arrives upon a conclusion that feels resolute and satisfying. And -- happily, crucially -- weird.

Jan 13, 2020 | Full Review…

For the most part the series is as delicious as it was before... The true anchor of the series, it's now clear, is not any particular pope-star but rather Sorrentino's strange artistic vision.

Jan 15, 2020 | Full Review…

Sorrentino's stylish mash-up of Holy See intrigue, rock music, neon lights and Roman splendour combines to create a singular work: there's simply nothing like it.

Apr 14, 2020 | Full Review…

An orgy of power, lust and poetic justice, Paolo Sorrentino's theatrical masterpiece is Madonna's Like a Prayer times a thousand.

Apr 14, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Law seems to be having much more fun with his character. It is likely that fans of The Young Pope will not be disappointed.

Jun 15, 2020 | Full Review…

The second season is less stimulating, but the brilliant bursts of the provocative and creative artist that is Sorrentino make the new season a valuable and gratifying experience. [Full Review in Spanish]

Apr 23, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Sorrentino's shows are about the limits to our perceived freedoms and the hindrances to understanding life's baffling mysteries.

Mar 26, 2020 | Full Review…

Beyond the neon and nudity, there's an interesting examination of the Vatican's spiritual, moral and ethical shortcomings waiting for you.

Feb 3, 2020 | Full Review…

The New Pope, despite the more somber and mournful tone, is still exhilarating.

Jan 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Without Lenny at its center, The New Pope can dig deeper into the workplace politics of the Church, and mine the conundrums not of the boss but of the entire organization.

Jan 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The New Pope: Season 1

  • Jan 02, 2021
    a wonderful whirlwind of a show. loved it.
  • Oct 06, 2020
    It's a great sequel of the first one. John Malkovich is incredible and able to create a character just as interesting as Jude Law's Lenny Belardo (which was a nearly impossible task). At the end (spoiler alert) there is not a real catharsis, and maybe that is what the director kind of wanted, but since the ending is very similar to the first one I would have preferred a different one. But it's fine anyway.
  • Sep 13, 2020
    The New Pope is an HBO series that is the continuation of the previous series The Young Pope that stared Jude Law as the pious that lies in a coma and the Catholic Church is in crisis. Vatican votes to add an outsider to be the head of the church and decide on John Malkovich as Pope John Paul III. Great cast, beautiful sceneries, good script and wonderful pope like speeches delivered by Malkovich. Loved the music, the essence that religion isn't perfect but love is. Without love life is shit and fulls of holes. When the Young Pope awakens, John Paul retires into obscurity. Overall good series, loved the music most of all.
  • Aug 13, 2020
    Such a smart and interesting show, does well top avoid the predictable cliche's and offers something for everyone.
  • Jun 30, 2020
    After my first experience with Sorrentino in The Young Pope and feeling an almost addictive like pull towards his aesthetic and style during that season I wasn't surprised The New Pope delivered as well. Stylistically this show maybe one of my all time favorites as the score, use of color, and overall tone evokes such strong emotional responses from me, despite the fact that I wouldn't argue with anyone who called the plot action convoluted or over the top. At times absurdly humorous and other times deeply personal and serious, I appreciate shows that are hard to put a genre label on. This season kept reminding me of Twin Peaks which, as another favorite of mine, is a huge compliment and also has an almost soap opera-esque feel, that I am definitely drawn to. I will absolutely be looking for more from Sorrentino in the future.
  • May 17, 2020
    "We are all Miserable wretches whom God brought together to form a glorious church" Without Lenny as the main character, the show has lost meaning even if it has dug deeper into church's role in the modern world, its significance to socio-political events and the enigma not of the boss but of the entire organization. Maybe too luscious and ambitious, this time. And I'm not a big fan of symmetrical shot and exaggerated overview of a decaying society, but it's impossible not to appreciate the huge work of Sorrentino. I really appreciated the musics and I loved every single intro. Great interpretation of Jude Law, John Malkovich and obviously Silvio Orlando.
  • May 02, 2020
    Malcovich is the best Hamlet madure ever play! But a Borgia would sleep whit the france lady before accept! And Boiello caro maestro, knows..."de altri diluvi una colomba ascolta..."
  • Apr 23, 2020
    Jude and John...*swooon* a fantastical reimagining of catholicism thats ripe with wisdom, perspective and surrealism.
  • Apr 14, 2020
    Really I am supposed to consider this art when the opening scene is a nun washing the Pope, Christ-like with a sponge, and rolls over into a masturbation scene? And the good nuns jumped out of their vows of chastity to become a chorus line of cheap Vegas entertainers? The manipulations of lies continues into the selection of a Pope. This is blasphemy. I am a C and E Catholic but if this was any other religion say Judaism, or Muslims, there would be ugly protests. I think I will not indulge in this evil fantasy of an abused Catholic school boy who vowed revenge.
  • Apr 12, 2020
    Gads.... What a MESS..... ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz...........

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