The Romanoffs: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1
The Romanoffs

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Matthew Weiner's return to television is as handsomely made as it is ambitious and sprawling -- unfortunately, it's also fatally indulgent, asking for the utmost patience from audiences without a compelling incentive.

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Critic Ratings: 62

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User Ratings: 165
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Episodes

1
Air date: Oct 12, 2018
2
Air date: Oct 12, 2018
3
Air date: Oct 19, 2018
4
Air date: Oct 26, 2018
5
Air date: Nov 2, 2018
6
Air date: Nov 9, 2018
7
Air date: Nov 16, 2018
8
Air date: Nov 23, 2018

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The Romanoffs is created, written, directed, and executive produced by nine-time Emmy winner Matthew Weiner (Mad Men), featuring eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. Set in seven countries around the globe, The Romanoffs was shot on location on three continents, collaborating with local productions and creative talent across Europe, the Americas, and the Far East.

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Critic Reviews for The Romanoffs Season 1

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (28)

"The Romanoffs" feels like a glitzy showcase for mediocre stories with a tenuous connection to each other. It's a disappointing second act from the guy who created one of the best dramas in TV history.

Nov 22, 2019 | Full Review…
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I stuck up for "The Romanoffs" through episode four, even claiming that the show's unevenness - which a majority of less-impressed critics were emphasizing in their reviews - was part of its individualistic charm. But then disappointment set in.

Nov 30, 2018 | Full Review…

And yet, when it works, the series can be fascinating.

Oct 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Where the various descendants of the Romanovs have misplaced delusions of grandeur, so, too, does Weiner, who... has instead birthed a too-long mess of incoherence and questions that I don't care enough about to get answered.

Oct 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Like its characters, the show continuously puts its worst, least interesting foot forward, aristocratically expecting you'll stick around to see the next step.

Oct 11, 2018 | Full Review…
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Both lavish and languid, the first three installments of Amazon Prime's The Romanoffs are mostly bereft of the snap, pop and sizzle of Mad Men.

Oct 11, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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An ambitious series that despite some inconsistencies, still stands out. [Full Review in Spanish]

Mar 5, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

A real story about the existencialism and how to endure in time. [Full review in Spanish]

Feb 18, 2019 | Rating: 3.8/5 | Full Review…

The Romanoffs is worth dipping into, but don't hesitate to skip a few and fast-forward liberally.

Jan 9, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If you are looking for some of the spark that was the Jon Hamm-led Mad Men to show up in The Romanoffs, it fundamentally does not.

Dec 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Matthew Weiner's new series has fallen to be the most forgetful of series. [Full Review in Spanish]

Oct 17, 2018 | Full Review…

The theme's not clear yet... But in its study of imperial arrogance, perhaps The Romanoffs offers a mirror of fantasies of property and power with our current American political delusions of persecution and disinheiritment.

Nov 1, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Romanoffs: Season 1

  • Mar 15, 2020
    This is top quality art/acting/directing/writing, a total pleasure to watch. It goes deep into complicated issues in a way that I haven't seen before. Certainly doesn't underestimate the audience's intelligence, like most shows right now. More like this please.
  • Dec 31, 2019
    The pilot was enough to convince me not to pursue a painful unnecessary waste of viewing hours.
  • Dec 09, 2019
    If you can cast aside your expectations of MadMen's creator, you should find Episode 1 charmingly delightful. Although none of the rest were as strong, I found them enjoyable except for the relentlessly cruel episode starring Christina Hendricks. Weiner's treatment of her was unbearable to watch and nothing that his storyline had to say justified suffering that experience. See Ms. Hendricks instead in the 2011 Lincoln Center production of Stephen Sondheim's "Company" starring Neil Patrick Harris.
  • Nov 14, 2019
    Quite frankly, I barely made it thru the pilot episode. It was long, not exciting. If you enjoy reading subtitles rather than the movie, this would be for you. I have no interest to watch any further.
  • Aug 02, 2019
    I've only watched the first episode and I felt very disconnected. Anushka kept putting me off. I couldn't figure out where she stood regarding his relationship with Hajar. Anushka's decision regarding Hajar, causing problems for her nephew, came out of nowhere, given how she was treating Hajar all along. Granted she was p.o.ed by that bout in the hospital, but it still seemed so out of left field. The episode was beautifully filmed and staged, but I found the storyline hard to accept and in the long run rather predictable in the end.
  • May 27, 2019
    Episode 1 worth the watching,
  • Mar 15, 2019
    Take ruthless russian characters from over 100 yrs ago, and put them in a modern setting with modern social restraints. Add an occasional pinch of the "Twilight Zone". What is not to love?? I completely disagree with the "critics consensus". Take 20 min to refresh your history, and then watch. The past is very cleverly woven in and around. I didn't require staccato storytelling, as some seem to suggest it needing, and I really liked ALL the actors involved!!!
  • Mar 13, 2019
    Some of us who watch television regularly are craving well-written stories that take their time to unfold. Thank heaven the Romanoffs is proof that this sort of thing can still be brought to television (thank you Netflix). For all of us who don't watch the Kardashians, the Housewives of "whatever," or any other plethora of what is typical TV nowadays ... this series is a relief. The quality is incredibly high. We are taken to places we've never been before, through the locations and the stories, and I am grateful. The second-to-last episode, "End of the Line" was particularly good. I could not predict what was going to happen next, and I felt for both parents. My brain had to work to keep up with what was going on with each character. I couldn't stop talking about the issues brought up. Most of television doesn't affect me in this way. Please let there be a season 2.
  • Feb 21, 2019
    I would love to see this series continue for a second season. It definitely has that subtle introspective Matthew Weiner quality that I have missed since the end of Mad Men. The historical link to the Romanoffs uniquely ties each episode without utilizing the same characters each week. Please renew Amazon.
  • Feb 08, 2019
    I like this series!!! Imaginitive premise and script, lush scenery, intriguing. Excellent acting. Please keep em coming!

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