Years and Years: Series 1 (2019)

Series 1
Years and Years

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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.



Critic Ratings: 66


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User Ratings: 230

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Air date: Jun 24, 2019

One night in 2019, politician Vivienne Rook causes a scandal on live TV. At the same time, the Lyons family comes together as Rosie gives birth to a son. Brothers Stephen and Daniel gather at her bedside with grandmother Muriel, all wondering what life will be like for little Lincoln. Five years in the future, in the London of 2024, Stephen and Celeste worry about their daughter, Bethany, who declares herself a transhuman. Back in Manchester, Daniel is now married to Ralph but is falling for a Ukrainian refugee, Viktor. When the Lyons gather for Muriel's birthday, they're interrupted by a call from their missing sister, Edith. She brings extraordinary news, and life for the Lyons is about to change forever.

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Air date: Jul 1, 2019

The world is still reeling from the events of Hong Sha. Daniel tries to build a new life with Viktor, but ex-husband Ralph takes a terrible revenge which will have consequences for the whole family. Badly affected by what happened abroad, Edith returns home for good. With Rosie, she attends Viv Rook's political rally and is amazed by her power and passion. Celeste loses her job, but that's just the start of her problems: when she and Stephen are woken at 4am by a series of urgent texts, they realise their entire life is about to come crashing down.

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Air date: Jul 8, 2019

Stephen and Celeste try to rebuild their shattered lives. But Daniel's world turns to terror when Viktor has to flee from Kiev, and Daniel uses his birthday party at Muriel's to reveal his dangerous plan to family and friends. Rosie loses her job, while Edith's former life as an activist calls her back into action on a secret mission. But the Lyons children are united when they discover that their long-absent father, Vincent, has died. They attend the funeral and face many home truths, on the day of the General Election that sees Viv Rook rising to power. Back at home, Celeste is left alone to cope, as Bethany's obsessions lead her into terrible danger.

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Air date: Jul 15, 2019

Daniel's engagement to Viktor descends into panic, as events across Europe heat up. Rosie sets up her own business with new boyfriend, Jonjo, and celebrates with a family feast. But Celeste is busy hiding her suspicions about Stephen's secret life. And when a series of accidents reach boiling point, even Muriel is dragged into the marital row, while Stephen's life is changed forever. But while Daniel plots with Edith and embarks on a quest to bring Viktor home, the infamous Government of Water collapses, and Viv Rook sets her sights on the ultimate prize: 10 Downing Street.

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Air date: Jul 22, 2019

With Viv Rook as prime minister, a new Britain takes shape, and Edith tries to investigate mysterious stories about The Disappeared. While Rosie searches for a solution to Daniel's problems, she finds her estate being fenced off by the privatised police. As the climate worsens, flooding creates British refugees, forcing Muriel to reveal problems of her own. When Bethany is chosen for an upgrade at work, Stephen and Celeste unite to support her, although both are scared by what she's becoming. In a desperate search for money, Stephen takes a job with his old school friend Woody, but finds himself trapped in a world of conspiracies, leading to the most extraordinary meeting of his life.

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Air date: Jul 29, 2019

As Viv Rook's regime tightens its grip, the entire Lyons family is forced to take action. Spurred on by both Muriel and Daniel, Rosie faces up to the troops surrounding her home and takes radical action with Lincoln's help. When Bethany reveals the shocking truth about her father, Edith and Celeste form a secret alliance to stop him. But Stephen is in too deep, as the mysterious Erstwhile Policy turns deadly, forcing Edith and her girlfriend Fran to embark on a reckless, dangerous mission for Viktor's sake. On a long, dark night, the challenge is clear: can one ordinary family actually change the world?

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

Cast & Crew

Rory Kinnear
Stephen Lyons
T'Nia Miller
Celeste Lyons
Anne Reid
Muriel Deacon
Jade Alleyne
Ruby Bisme-Lyons
Emma Thompson
Vivienne Rook MP
Ruth Madeley
Rosie Lyons
Lydia West
Bethany Bisme-Lyons
Maxim Baldry
Viktor Goraya
Jessica Hynes
Edith Lyons
Julia Sandiford
Media 24 Newsreader
Russell Tovey
Daniel Lyons
Mary Nightingale
Rachel Logan
Elaine Parris
Andrew Joshi
Point 5 Newsreader
Glen McReady
Voice of Signor
Callum Woolford
Lee Lyons
Aaron Ansari
Lincoln Lyons
Michaela Fereday
Murray Gold
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Critic Reviews for Years and Years Series 1

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (35)

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…

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…

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…

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…

Years and Years" offers plenty of stimulus to keep you moving through it...

Jun 25, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

I'm obsessed with this British miniseries following one family through a dystopian 2020s. It's completely harrowing, very nearly soul-crushing. Yet I cling to its tenuous optimism and profound beauty.

Sep 24, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | 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…

Audience Reviews for Years and Years: Series 1

  • Jan 31, 2021
    Debe ser probablemente la mejor miniserie de HBO, se siente como una secuela de películas, el argumento es muy original y en uno de los puntos de la serie donde pasa algo importante realmente te impacta y te hace sentir como los personajes, recomendadísima.
  • Sep 13, 2020
    A very realistic and therefore terrifying cautionary tale of where we might be going in the near future. Or, Black Mirror done right.
  • Aug 03, 2020
    Unnerving. Predictions of the future were easily within the realm of the possible.
  • Aug 01, 2020
    There were some people I would have liked to get some comeuppance but overall it was an incredible ride. Its a very darkly funny show, there were moments I actually cried but I enjoyed myself thoroughly throughout.
  • 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.

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