Victoria: Season 1 (2016)

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Season 1
Victoria

Critics Consensus

Strong performances by Jenna Coleman and Rufus Sewell hint at Downton-esque potential for Victoria, but the narrative falls just shy of that soapy mark.

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Critic Ratings: 40

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User Ratings: 273
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Episodes

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Air date: Jan 15, 2017
2
Air date: Jan 15, 2017
3
Air date: Jan 22, 2017
4
Air date: Jan 28, 2017
5
Air date: Feb 5, 2017
6
Air date: Feb 12, 2017
7
Air date: Feb 19, 2017
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Air date: Mar 5, 2017

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It's not easy being queen, as young Victoria (Jenna Coleman) quickly learns upon her ascension, at the age of 18, to the throne of England following the death of her uncle in 1837. First, she has to stand up to her mother (Catherine Flemming) and Sir John Conroy (Paul Rhys. Then, she upsets her subjects when they learn that she spread an ugly rumor about her mother's lady-in-waiting. As the season progresses, she also helps usher in a new government after the sitting prime minister resigns; defends her ladies in waiting; and, at the behest of her mother and Sir John, begins a search for a husband. Her selection, however, doesn't sit well with Parliament; and her choice has doubts of his own, as well, due to the financial arrangement she offers him. Marriage, pregnancy and more political clashes follow--as does the unthinkable: an assassination attempt.

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Critic Reviews for Victoria Season 1

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (17)

Victoria was written and "created" by Daisy Goodwin, and although her dialogue offends me less than Julian Fellowes's, there is still something irritatingly wishful about the way she has organised her narrative.

Dec 6, 2016 | Full Review…

For fans of flouncy skirts, romantic skirmishes in palaces, silk waistcoats and handsome English actors, Masterpiece's royal diversion may be hard to resist.

Jan 11, 2017 | Full Review…
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Coleman, fitted with blue contact lenses that make her eyes pop (in a good way), makes an enchanting young queen, and Sewell gives off more heat than any prime minister has a right to.

Jan 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Coleman and Hughes make a captivating team. The passion invigorates a production too often fixated on pageantry and parties.

Jan 13, 2017 | Full Review…

The stage has been set for some truly excellent television in the coming weeks.

Dec 6, 2016 | Full Review…

Sumptuous production - some historic liberties taken - and Coleman is terrific.

Jan 13, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Victoria arrives in the United States with much of what we want in a period piece: gorgeous costumes... drama of epic proportions and creative licenses taken with real history in the name of good television.

Jan 4, 2017 | Full Review…

Coleman's terrific performance is the main reason to tune in. From the moment she first appears on screen, waking to the news that she is queen while still surrounded by dolls and her pet pooch Dash, she is fascinating to watch.

Dec 6, 2016 | Full Review…

Moving nicely from TARDIS to palace, Jenna Coleman in the title role combined wide-eyed innocence with an independence and hints at a steelier impetuosity that delivered well in this opening episode.

Dec 5, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A more critical eye might pick faults but, mindful of how much worse things could be, I was just grateful for a big-budget serial that stayed away from [the] soft porn and philosophy of [Versailles].

Dec 5, 2016 | Full Review…

Heavy on romance and intrigue, light on political history.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Coleman is as charismatic as ever, the sets and costumes are gorgeous but unfortunately Victoria doesn't have the soapy appeal of Julian Fellowes Downton Abbey or the sumptuous elegance of Andrew Davis' best .

Dec 6, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Victoria: Season 1

  • 6d ago
    Love the series. I could feel their triumph.
  • Oct 04, 2019
    Very charming show and Jenna Coleman is magnetic.
  • Jul 12, 2019
    a well done historical drama mostly accurate
  • Jul 10, 2019
    This is so much better than I expected. Jenna Coleman is miraculous. I don't know how faithful it is to reality, I just accept it on its own terms.
  • Mar 31, 2019
    The early life of Queen Victoria, from her ascension to the throne at the tender age of 18 to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert.Jenna Coleman is always amazing. Tom Hughes as Prince Albert is excellent as well . What's more entertaining than being transported back into history . A Masterpiece production well at home in PBS .
  • Mar 02, 2019
    Loved it, cant wait to watch season 2
  • Feb 28, 2019
    The most boring Masterpiece series developed.
  • Feb 10, 2019
    Lord M. is so so so so handsome!
  • Jun 27, 2018
    TOOK A COUPLE OF EPISODES TO HIT THE MARK AND SOME OF ITS CHARACTERIZATIONS WERE A BIT ONE DIMENSIONAL BUT OVERALL A SOLID ADDITION TO THE WORLD OF COSTUME. jENNA cOLEMAN MAKES AN EXCELLENT qv AND AS EVER ADDITION TO DETAIL AND GREAT LOCATION ADD IT THE MIX.
  • Mar 19, 2018
    Just like The Crown covers Queen Elizabeth II's life throughout her reign, this series covers Queen Victoria's. It almost looks like they are twin series full of drama, romance, politics and good historical accuracy. The first season covers the early life of Queen Victoria, from her ascension to the throne at the tender age of 18 to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert

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