Years and Years: Series 1 (2019)


Series 1
Years and Years

Critics Consensus

Years and Years scathingly critiques the present with a nihilistic projection of the future, leavening the devastating satire with a buoyant sense of humor and characters who are easy to become invested in.

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Critic Ratings: 65

90%

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User Ratings: 208

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Episodes

1
Air date: Jun 24, 2019
2
Air date: Jul 1, 2019
3
Air date: Jul 8, 2019
4
Air date: Jul 15, 2019
5
Air date: Jul 22, 2019
6
Air date: Jul 29, 2019

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Tv Season Info

Series 1 follows a family from Manchester whose lives converge on one crucial night in 2019.

Cast

Emma Thompson
as Vivienne Rook
Russell Tovey
as Daniel Lyons
Maxim Baldry
as Viktor
Jessica Hynes
as Edith
Rory Kinnear
as Stephen Lyons
Ruth Madeley
as Rosie
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Critic Reviews for Years and Years Series 1

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (26)

Whenever Thompson appears, she makes the show feel most alive. Suddenly you realise why people become infatuated with these despots-in-waiting: they make for the most entertaining tele.

Nov 10, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Yes, this is bleak drama, so cleverly juxtaposing social realism, a kind of sci-fi dystopianism and a caustically satirical look at populist politics but it's surprisingly funny in places...

Nov 4, 2019 | Full Review…

What makes this series effective is that not-too-distant horizon. It doesn't play out 50 years from now, but next year, then a few years after that, and then a few beyond that.

Jul 1, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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You will almost certainly find the show chilling and identify with the Lyons family's struggles to understand, and survive, forces they can't begin to control.

Jun 24, 2019 | Full Review…
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The anxious thrill of watching Years and Years comes not only from seeing the future unfurl in front of you, but also from watching how it ripples through the lives of this very modern, delightfully fractious family.

Jun 24, 2019 | Full Review…

For a show to echo both Black Mirror and This is Us is not something I thought I'd ever see, but Years and Years is one of those daring high-concept shows that actually works.

Jun 24, 2019 | Full Review…

A loaded show that does not let the viewer rest. It's wonderfully executed. [Full review in Spanish].

Jun 17, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A drama of a different variety. [Full review in Spanish]

Jun 25, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

...brilliant, funny and very, very timely.

Sep 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Years and Years is uneven. But as an example of an art form trying to interpret the world we live in in something close to real time, it's something of a masterpiece.

Sep 5, 2019 | Full Review…

What makes the future envisioned by new SoHo series Years And Years so stark and terrifying is how closely it's connected to the current reality.

Aug 26, 2019 | Full Review…

A combination of smart writing, clever pacing and an impressive ensemble cast... results in a truly compelling watch.

Aug 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Years and Years: Series 1

  • May 01, 2020
    It is our future, and it is really scary.
  • Apr 17, 2020
    A harsh share of reality. A series that generates great impact, performances and remarkable characters. Real content and a director without fear.
  • Feb 24, 2020
    Es como ver un buen capítulo de "Black Mirror" de seis horas. Habla de la historia de una familia de cuatro hermanos y una abuela en un futuro cercano, la siguiente década, un tanto distópico. Bien llevado y con mucho de crítica a Donald Trump. Lo triste es que varias cosas de las que predice por acá ya las pasamos o aun las vivímos, así de mal andamos.
  • Feb 02, 2020
    Great show. Think Black Mirror meets This Is Us.
  • Jan 26, 2020
    As this series progresses, one can get very depressed about the direction. But then the grandma reminds her family that they should accept accountability, and the finale is both surprising and hopeful. This was recommended to my by one of my adult daughters, and I'm glad I binged watched the full series. I promise you won't be disappointed.
  • Jan 09, 2020
    Quite simply one of the best things I've ever seen. I don't know how anyone can criticize it at all. Not only does it present a scary, near -future scenario that is uncomfortably realistic feeling, but beyond the doom and gloom, it provides realistic hope and beauty at the end. I'm stunned by this series.
  • Dec 10, 2019
    A great "what-if". I found some things hard to believe but nevertheless I found it a great exercise in hypothesising about what could be.
  • Dec 09, 2019
    I really like the characters and the style of the show. The way of showing worldwide developments through the focus of one family is really intreaguing. On the other hand, there is so much annoying BBC propaganda in the show, which lowers the enjoyment Level of the show for me. The family seems to be over-diversified and the usual leftist views on society and politics are pushed on the viewer whenever possible. But I guess, that's what is to be expected from a BBC production nowadays: They don't want to entertain or remain neutral, they think they have to educate the public on their own world view. So for me it was an entertaining show to watch but it also involved a lot of "eye rolling" on my side... I simply don't want to feel educated on how I should think about things anymore by false prophets like the BBC. I like shows that make me think in a neutral way, but don't like to be told what's right and what's wrong and how I have to think.
  • Dec 06, 2019
    The show made me laugh, it made me cry and it made me question the world. It was brilliant and i would recommend to anyone. Absolutely fantastic casting and plot line!
  • Nov 20, 2019
    Compelling viewing of a near-future and family dynamics that are not far fetched.

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