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.



Critic Ratings: 53


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User Ratings: 50

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Air date: Jun 24, 2019
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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.


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

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (21)

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…
Top Critic

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…

It is half sci-fi dystopia, half kitchen-sink drama, and does both with equal verve. It hums with urgent and unsettling realism, and staggering human cost.

Jun 26, 2019 | Full Review…

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

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

Years and Years combines the grand sweep of a near-future dystopia with the warm intimacy of a family drama.

Jul 17, 2019 | Full Review…

A fascinating fantasy by Russell T. Davies,...

Jul 10, 2019 | Full Review…

More often than not, Years and Years is a smart, funny, and genuinely emotional ride that comments on current-day anxieties and the pliable yet resilient nature of the family unit. It's terrifying, tender, and true.

Jul 3, 2019 | Full Review…

[Vivienne Rook] becomes a very addictive character.

Jun 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Years and Years: Series 1

  • 9h ago
    Wow, just wow. All I want from TV is to be told a good story. This is that and more.
  • Jul 09, 2019
    I love the complicated nature of the show and its characters. It is not so one-sided as I think some of the other reviewers seem to claim. While it certainly does follow a traditionally liberal family, the show points out that some of the reasons the Lyons family is in this predicament in the first place are because of themselves and people like them. This was actually outrightly stated in the second episode where the sister points out to her brother that families like his who are living beyond their means are the part of the reason the banks fail. Additionally, the bit about the South China Sea and the conflicts there are incredibly realistic and something I could truly imagine happening today, this very instant. The writer's ability to take events that are happening today and warp them into terrifying storylines that I feel could be real makes me watch on the edge of my seat. Well done.
  • Jul 07, 2019
    It's chaotic and impossible to follow.
  • Jul 05, 2019
    Great series. Bright, witty filled with great characters.
  • Jul 03, 2019
    Quality thought provoking stuff even if the last episode did waffle on a bit!
  • Jul 02, 2019
    The offsprring of Black Mirror and the 2016 Election in the USA
  • Jul 02, 2019
    Wonderfully satirical.
  • Jun 29, 2019
    Incepe bine, ultimele 2 episoade scad semnificativ nivelul seriei
  • Jun 29, 2019
    The best of this year

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