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

Following his sudden heart attack, Pope Pius XIII lies in a coma; as the threat of terrorism and the potential risks of Pius' idolatry loom, Secretary of State Cardinal Voiello makes a hasty move that throws the church into even greater chaos.

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Air date: Jan 20, 2020

Voiello, Gutierrez, Assente, Aguirre and Sofia travel to the U.K. estate of Sir John Brannox, hoping to convince him to return with them to the Vatican and accept the holiest of roles; Ester shares her son's story with the press to make ends meet.

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Air date: Jan 27, 2020

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; Ester bonds with widower Fabiano, who offers an unusual solution to her money woes.

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Air date: Feb 3, 2020

Brannox decides to pay a visit to Pius XIII and is confronted with the intensity of his predecessor's followers; Voiello prepares for a long war with the defiant Sister Lisette after the nuns go on strike; the church faces the prospect of bankruptcy.

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Air date: Feb 10, 2020

A brutal act of terrorism in France leads to an unconventional response from the pope that strikes a chord with the public; Sofia reaches out to Brannox; Pius XIII's followers flock to Venice when there's a sudden change in his condition.

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Air date: Feb 17, 2020

A confrontation with Spalletta leads Brannox to deliver some unwelcome news to Voiello; Sofia learns what her husband has been keeping from her; Voiello ties up loose ends; Ester expands her business; Brannox agrees to a live TV interview.

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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; an attack on Vatican soil shakes Brannox to his core; 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; warned by Bauer of the Church's demise, Voiello is called upon to make things right and, later, mourns a tragic loss; the nuns appeal to an unaccommodating Assente.

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Air date: Mar 9, 2020

John Paul III addresses his followers with a message of love; a historic meeting of the minds occurs after six children and their teacher are taken hostage; as the Church prepares for battle, Voiello receives a visit from a man close to the caliph.

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Cast & Crew

Jude Law
Lenny Belardo

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John Malkovich
Giovanni Paolo III

Actor
Silvio Orlando
Cardinal Angelo Voiello

Actor
Javier Cámara
Monsignor Bernardo Alonso Gutierrez

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Cécile De France
Sofia Dubois

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Ludivine Sagnier
Ester Aubry

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Maurizio Lombardi
Cardinal Mario Assente

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Mark Ivanir
Bauer

Actor
Alessandro Riceci
Fabiano

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Ramón García
Aguirre

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Sharon Stone
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Kiruna Stamell
Abbess of St. Therese

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Nora Waldstätten
Sister Lisette

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Critic Reviews for The New Pope: Season 1

Audience Reviews for The New Pope: Season 1

  • Oct 21, 2021
    Outstanding sequel. John M. joins the wonderful cast and made a great job. Is this series blaspheming? No! Is it accusing to the Catholic Church ? Yes!
  • Sep 09, 2021
    The New Pope (TV 2020): Sequel to The Young Pope. New pope is elected while old pope still lives. Political intrigues ensue. Even more surreal and provocative, even obscene and blasphemous at times. More arty than straight story-telling. Unique television. Not for everyone. B-
  • Aug 03, 2021
    Too good not to watch Watch and learn🥰 abbiys of insignificance
  • May 27, 2021
    It is really interesting positioning a Pope in the middle of a normal life story/drama. The fact that they give him a very good position to judge the way you live without God and also in prayer. Self-judgement is the most beautiful detail brought in the serie. I really liked how that was described and played in a Pope, roughly and emotionally at the same time. Jude Law is one of my favorite actors and at first I thought it didn't fit this character as much as expected but on the other hand he only could play it so nicely! The only thing that bothered me during watching the serie is the coming back to the same story or person again and nothing changes like conversations of the Pope with the preast. Compliments for the writer and actors for the nice speeches that really were felt and played very good. We are all people in the end of our life. We might think we can be really close to God or not, in prayer or not, religiously or not but at least we are a little part of God in every other way.
  • 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.

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