War and Peace: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
War and Peace

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War & Peace boasts sumptuous visuals and the narrative remains largely faithful to its sprawling source material, even if the pace may challenge less patient viewers and the period detail is slightly lacking.

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Critic Ratings: 25

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User Ratings: 132

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Air date: Jan 3, 2016

After Napoleon's invasion of Austria, Pierre Bezukhov inherits his father's fortune; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky goes off to war, leaving his pregnant wife at home; Natasha worries about her brother Nikolai.

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Air date: Jan 10, 2016

Andrei and Nikolai prepare for battle with the French; in Russia, Pierre struggles to settle into married life with Helene.

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Air date: Jan 17, 2016

Pierre fights a duel with Dolokhov; Helene re-enters society and considers an exciting, new relationship; Natasha wonders if she will ever find true love; Nikolai lets an untrustworthy friend lead him down a dangerous path.

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Air date: Jan 24, 2016

Natasha agrees to marry Andrei, but when he goes abroad for a year she finds herself unexpectedly tempted in Moscow society; Nikolai and his mother fall out over Sonya.

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Air date: Jan 31, 2016

Napoleon invades Russia and preparations begin for a great battle against him; Andrei learns of Natasha's betrayal; Pierre helps care for Natasha when she falls ill.

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Air date: Feb 7, 2016

Pierre gets a firsthand look at war; Andrei suffers an injury; Natasha opens her home to wounded soldiers; Pierre is captured by the French army; Helene is unable to hide her pregnancy; Denisov and Dolokhov rescue a band of prisoners.

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Cast & Crew

Paul Dano
Pierre Bezukhov

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Lily James
Natasha Rostova

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James Norton
Andrei Bolkonsky

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Jim Broadbent
Nikolay Bolkonsky

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Gillian Anderson
Anna Pavlovna Scherer

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Critic Reviews for War and Peace: Season 1

Audience Reviews for War and Peace: Season 1

  • Feb 09, 2021
    Beautiful show that gives a new light to the classic story. Lily James gave an innocent Natasha that everyone has such pity for, and Paul Dano gave a wonderful performance as Pierre.
  • Mar 11, 2019
    I loved it. The acting, the pacing, the cinematography. It was great.
  • Jan 17, 2019
    Excellent photography and acting; however, the miniseries strips all of the philosophy out of the film. It becomes just another pretty story with little to no philosophical substance. For an excellent version see the 1972 BBC series version with Anthony Hopkins. This is still the best version with some of the philosophy included.
  • Nov 09, 2018
    Thank you BBC for even trying this huge production. Some sad war scenes take the breath away. The cast, cinematography, clothes and horsey people, where great. Well done who ever signed off on this production.
  • Oct 30, 2018
    First half sort of ok but then the story turns ridiculous, followed by hours of soppiness. The story itself is simply dated and silly.
  • Feb 04, 2018
    All's fair in love and war! SEASON 01: The war and wealth, the romance and deceives, the fictional Russia of the 1800s. First of all I've never seen the series or film adapted from theis book. This is my first version of any format. So it's high excitement time, since I like Leo Tolstoy works. It did not disappoint me. The BBC had done it again. Yep, another wonderful adaptation. Great casting and shot in location, or to say the graphic works were done wonderfully. Nice costumes show as well, in the original Russian classic style. It starts with war and ends with the same. Surrounded by lots of historical figures. Basically, it's about five royal class families. How their lives turn out during the Russian war against the Napoleon's France. Focused on the younger generation who are about to take over everything from their elders. So they have to decide, very big decision that's going to change their lives and the nations forever. The romance is also the part of the tale. Being very rich or about to lose their wealth, they have to find true love. But in some cases, the love is a game plan for a better future. So there's deceive and cheats involved. Patriotically, and sentimentally the tale unfold, where the Russian fate hangs. I enjoyed it thoroughly, but one thing that bothered me was the English adaptation. Imagine if it was entirely in Russian with subtitles, that would have been so awesome. Particularly that sound of the language and musics and locations, all would have matched so perfectly. In the poster, Lily James in the front, but that's done for the marketing purpose, because of her popularity among other cast. While watching the series it was a different experience. A well balanced characters, lots of things happened, like that takes us to the real 19th century. One of the best periodic drama which overwhelmed by war and romance theme. I think it is a muse see. 8/10
  • Oct 04, 2017
    I find this version very rewatchable & more immersive than most. I usually save Barry Lyndon for special occasions (no more than once a week), and I also indulge Russian Ark often. This, Amadeus, & Marie Antoinette scratches that itch in between.
  • Aug 31, 2017
    Your average, pretty good British period drama.
  • Jun 06, 2017
    Visually dazzling and even better acted, W&P is a really engrossing period drama. Though some may find the pace slow, the series is very deliberate; it never meaders.
  • May 30, 2017
    Worst serial ever. Don't waste your time

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