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: 62


Audience Score

User Ratings: 123
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Air date: Jun 24, 2019
Air date: Jul 1, 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 (62) | Top Critics (23)

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…
Top Critic

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

...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

  • Sep 01, 2019
    For me, it hit best when it stuck to the smaller stakes. When it was just a family dealing with the world changing around them in the first four episodes or so, worked well, but I understand the need for a finale and as life and families go on, it would always be a hard serious to finish and if nothing else, the ending didn't subtract from the riveting beginning.
  • Aug 30, 2019
    Just finished first episode of Years and Years. This is the most exciting piece of TV I have seen in years and years. Feel quite breathless. The connection between the characters is palpable. They feel like any other family - passionate and complicated.
  • Aug 30, 2019
    Tough viewing but riveting. Like a black mirror episode with more heart
  • Aug 28, 2019
    started out in Black Mirror territory, ended up like Bicentennial Man.
  • Aug 18, 2019
    Started off really good. The last two episodes were crap.
  • Aug 15, 2019
    Incredible script and concept! So many parallels to current politics. A must see!
  • Aug 15, 2019
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  • Aug 13, 2019
    Depressing future political scenarios but also fasc
  • Aug 02, 2019
    Gripping ensemble drama with a fine and convincing script about the perils of our immediate future: populist politicians grabbing power for authoritarian rule (Trump unleashes a nuclear weapon in the first episode); international financial collapse bankrupting millions; mass social disruption with global warming; xenophobia and homophobia; desperate political and climate refugees; but also wonderful new medical procedures, and a surprising turn on advancing cyber tech. Excellent acting on several counts, especially by T'Nia Miller. The half-star off is for the all-problems-solved ending, which is too quick and tidy, crammed into a half-episode. This series deserved 10 episodes and the set-up for a second season will hopefully inspire some consideration.
  • Jul 30, 2019
    our very near future and it's terrifying. buy gold now and hide under your bed.

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