The Young Pope: Miniseries (2017)

The Young Pope

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The Young Pope's original premise and stylish blend of over-the-top melodrama with profane comedy helps overcome an occasionally muddled plot.



Critic Ratings: 88


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Air date: Jan 15, 2017

In the premiere of a ten-part miniseries following the reign of Pope Pius XIII, aka Lenny Belardo, the first American pontiff, Vatican protocol and, it seems, the Catholic Church, mean little to Belardo, who hires the nun who raised him at an orphanage to be his main adviser and whose iconoclastic behavior irks the cardinals who resent his ascension.

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Air date: Jan 16, 2017

Lenny meets with Cardinal Spencer in anticipation of his first public appearance, but their reunion doesn't turn out the way he planned. Meanwhile, the Vatican's marketing director is surprised by the new pope's desire to remain anonymous; Sister Mary rehashes the past with an old friend of Lenny's from the orphanage; and the faithful flock to St. Peter's Square for their first glimpse of Pope Pius XIII.

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Air date: Jan 22, 2017

Voiello charts a new course in the fallout from the pope's first public homily after it sows confusion, doubt and fear among the clergy, laity and press. Meanwhile, Lenny taps Sister Mary to outline his vision at a press conference; a woman standing alone in St. Peter's Square catches the pontiff's eye; and Gutierrez's private conversations with Lenny may be compromised by a personal shortcoming.

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Air date: Jan 23, 2017

A burial for a nun's sister at the Vatican is arranged by Lenny; Voiello finds a use for Ester in a blackmail plot; Lenny finally reaches a decision on how to handle a sex-abuse case in New York; the Greenland prime minister visits Rome; a shepherd claims to perform miracles.

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Air date: Jan 29, 2017

Rumors of a scandal are manufactured by Voiello to undermine the pope. Meanwhile, Lenny and Andrew reminisce about the past; and Lenny's address to the College of Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel won't be put off any longer.

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Air date: Jan 30, 2017

Gutierrez moves out of Vatican City and prepares to begin his mission abroad as a newly minted cardinal. Meanwhile, Lenny's first meeting with Italy's progressive prime minister is a contentious one; Dussolier is shocked by the pope's guidelines for new priests; Voiello fields questions about Tonino's disappearance; and Ester's prayers are answered.

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Air date: Feb 5, 2017

A would-be priest's suicide sends Voiello into damage-control mode and searching for new paths to Lenny's downfall. Meanwhile, a potential family reunion proves to be a distraction for Lenny, but presents a moral dilemma for Sister Mary; and Dussolier declares his desire to go back to Honduras in the unsettling aftermath of a social gathering in Rome.

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Air date: Feb 6, 2017

Sofia returns to the Vatican and encourages the pope to make Africa his first trip abroad to mark the 30th anniversary of Sister Antonia's "Village of Goodness." Meanwhile, Lenny gets a boost from a visit by a beloved writer, but he and Mary feel the sting of a shared loss.

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Air date: Feb 12, 2017

A threat of blackmail is among the obstacles facing Gutierrez in New York during his investigation of Archbishop Kurtwell. Meanwhile, Lenny and Mary are reminded of an important moment from the past as the pope could lose something in the present.

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Air date: Feb 13, 2017

In the Season 1 finale, Gutierrez returns to Rome a changed man after the Kurtwell investigation, prompting the pope to make a decision about the archbishop's fate. Meanwhile, Father Tomasso gets a promotion; and Lenny makes an unexpected change in travel plans and policy after learning about a possible reconciliation.

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The first season of this limited drama series follows the early years of young, American-born Pius XIII's (Jude Law) pontificate. Pius XIII, who was born Lenny Belardo, quickly demonstrates that he will not be a mere figurehead for the Vatican, as the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Voiello (Silvio Orlando), was hoping for. Instead, Pius XIII is arrogant, self-serving, and power hungry. He publicly criticizes and questions his people's devotion to God, but the people around him begin to wonder if he even believes in God himself. Diane Keaton stars as Sister Mary, an American nun who took in Lenny Belardo when he was a 7-year-old orphan and now acts as his key advisor.

Cast & Crew

Jude Law
Lenny Belardo
Diane Keaton
Sister Mary
Silvio Orlando
Cardinal Angelo Voiello
Scott Shepherd
Cardinal Andrew Dussolier
Cécile De France
Sofia Dubois
Javier Cámara
Monsignor Bernardo Alonso Gutierrez
Toni Bertorelli
Cardinale Caltanissetta
James Cromwell
Cardinal Michael Spencer
Stefano Accorsi
Prime Minister
Carolina Carlsson
Prime Minister of Greenland
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  • Apr 25, 2021
    Elegant, sophisticated, brilliant and clever. Jude Law is great.
  • Nov 24, 2020
    Stylish, clever... and Jude Law is exceptional. One of the most striking character in years! Hard not to get addicted...
  • Oct 15, 2020
    Starts off intruiguing enough but devolves into a self-indulgent quirky style with nothing much happening. Lost interest when real miracles became part of the narrative.
  • Jul 13, 2020
    The Young Pope is an unfocused miniseries about a narcissistic and delusional pope with mommy and daddy issues. It aims high and often hits its mark in unique and funny ways; but if you strip away its sumptuous style and powerful acting, all that's left is unearned character development and dead-end subplots. A show that was so much fun in the beginning quickly transitioned into a glum melodramatic snoozefest -- its bathos and redundancy proves it could and should have been a two- to three-hour film.
  • May 04, 2020
    ماذا لو في واحدة من اقدم المؤسسات الدينية في العالم وفي غفلة من الزمن تقلد منصب البابوية شاب صغير عبقري الى حد الجنون ودرويش الى حد التقدس، ثم قال لهم .. (اقتلوا أنفسكم) .. في الكنيسة الرومانية كما في غيرها لا تكمن أزمة -أو قوة- أي مؤسسة عقائدية في أفكارها أو في اخلاص قواعدها وأتباعها، انما تكمن في كِلا (نزاهة وكفاءة) القيادات الوسطى/الوكلاء/المعتمدين (وفي حالة "البابا الصغير" هم كرادلة الفاتيكان). ولأن البابا الجديد صغير/درويش/عبقري فإنه يقرر ان يتمرد على الصورة النمطية لدور البابا الذي من وظيفته تسيير عمل نظام الاكليروس وتطمين "المؤمنين" إلى وجود الله، ويقرر تحطيم أصنام "التوازنات" ويعيد الكنيسة لوظيفة "الهداية" وإثارة الناس للمعرفة بدلا من إدارة الريع والثروة والألاعيب الدبلوماسية. (من أنت حقا أيها البابا؟) .. سؤال يطفو في كل لحظة في السر والعلن مِن أمامه وِمن وراء ظهره .. هل هو شيطان يحطم الدين والكنيسة؟ أم قدّيس يعيد الإيمان من الخرافة إلى الله؟ وراعٍ صالح يعيد الدين من الكهنوت إلى الناس؟ .. فكيف استطاع هذا "الشاب" استعمال قوانين واسرار الكهنوت ضد الكنيسة (أو لصالحها!).
  • Mar 25, 2020
    It is stunningly beautiful while being extremely weird. I was mesmerized by all the set designs. All the performances are terrific and Jude Law was terrific with his thirst for power and you were cheering for his comeuppance. The turmoil of the Vatican was terrific and the scrambling for power was an added bonus.
  • Mar 10, 2020
    I really liked the first season. A series like no other. And the second season some how gets even better!!!! Must watch this!!
  • Mar 09, 2020
    The story line is interesting from the beginning to the end, the actors are extraordinary and all the scenes are shot in an artistic way that I wish I saw more often. Highly recommend, and the second season has even more of all of the above, which left me speechless many times during the show.
  • Feb 25, 2020
    Spontaneously charming, this series plays on the absurdities of the church while still paying homage to its core principles and beliefs. Jude Law's captivating performance as the first American pope is full of wit and charisma, and while you may question the narrative every now and again, you will be grateful you strapped in for the ride.
  • Feb 08, 2020
    Still on of the best

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