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.



Critic Ratings: 61


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Air date: Oct 12, 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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All Critics (61) | Top Critics (25)

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…

So far, The Romanoffs is beautiful to look at , but the rest of the qualities that made Mad Men so great remain elusive.

Oct 17, 2018 | Full Review…
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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…

Banish thoughts of Mad Men and The Romanoffs is perfectly enjoyable on its own terms.

Oct 12, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | 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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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…

Audience Reviews for The Romanoffs: Season 1

  • 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!
  • Feb 04, 2019
    The different storylines in this series make me want to see what will happen next. I thought the acting was great and hope the series will continue.
  • Feb 02, 2019
    Brilliant series! Don' expect the typical series, though.
  • Jan 20, 2019
    Disappointing and often boring / pointless anthology about not even descendants of Romanoffs, but rather about people who believe they originate from the Russian imperial family. I liked only two episodes out of 8: "The violent hour" (1) and brilliant thrilling and breathtaking "House of special purpose", thanks to genius of Isabelle Huppert. I stopped watching after the 4th episode, which was so boring and had no message in it. Waste of time. Just watch the 3rd episode and forget about this series
  • Jan 19, 2019
    Some episodes are obviously better than others, but this anthology series as a whole is very well written, acted and directed. Familiar faces from Mad Men are scattered throughout the series. Think of each episode as a short film and it will help to appreciate the individual stories linked by a common theme. Worth checking out.
  • Jan 13, 2019
    The first episode is captivating fun, and visually rich. The second was confusing, hard to believe in and ultimately it is very unsatisfying for the viewer to realize that these dispatate stories are unified only by the belief that the lead characters are Romanoff descendants. Not hanging around for the third episode.

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