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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 3, 2018
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  • Summary: Logan Roy's (Brian Cox) plans to step back from running the family's multi-national entertainment company causes conflict among his four children about the future of the company in this drama series created by Jesse Armstrong.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Jun 4, 2018
    90
    An intoxicating mix of wicked comedy and "Lear"-like tragedy. ... There's nothing all that likable about the Roys. They are a vain, petty and avaricious lot. But they are incredibly fascinating, thanks to the riveting performances and the razor-sharp writing.
  2. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Jun 1, 2018
    80
    [Logan's] rude tenacity proves to be his only quality as the season shapes up. The dynamics of the internecine struggle--the squabbles, betrayals, and ad-hoc alliances--are primal in a way that would translate to any ancient clan or provincial enterprise. But the persuasive texture of this portrait of extreme wealth is distinctly contemporary.
  3. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jun 15, 2018
    80
    Succession is elevated by Cox’s turn.
  4. Reviewed by: Randall Colburn
    Jun 1, 2018
    75
    Succession doesn’t have a tonal problem, necessarily--the comedy and drama mostly complement each other—but rather a fundamental challenge: making some really shitty people the kind you’d want to visit with week after week. The series, then, is best appreciated not as a glimpse into the lives of media moguls and unsavory billionaires, but as a high-stakes family drama, one whose fights, backstabs, and reconciliations have the potential to ripple throughout the world.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    May 31, 2018
    70
    The tone of the pilot makes jarring shifts, but episode two settles into a comfortably arch take on the hubris and egocentrism shared by members of the Roy clan.
  6. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Jun 4, 2018
    60
    Very watchable but totally missable: not urgent, not escapist, and not even the best premium cable show about hugely entertaining rich people. ... But the show is not quite scathing or indicting enough to bring a sense of urgency to its study of the super-rich.
  7. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    May 31, 2018
    37
    Dull, dreary and dubiously written, Succession isn't much of a success. ... It's just a group of vacuous rich people shouting at each other, probably not making much of a sound.

See all 29 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jun 17, 2018
    10
    Best TV show of the year, so far. Among all these fantastic shows with robots and dragons, this is a breath of fresh air from the HBO.
  2. Jun 9, 2018
    9
    I am glad I did not give a lot of weight to the prior reviews. Normally if a show or movie does not get a minimum 70 I pass and this one wasI am glad I did not give a lot of weight to the prior reviews. Normally if a show or movie does not get a minimum 70 I pass and this one was at 69. I was very entertained by the engaging first episode. Brian Cox is one of my favorite character actors but the rest of the cast playing his family and associates are also quite good. Expand
  3. Jun 4, 2018
    9
    Judging by the first episode, Succession presents an uncomfortable and very entertaining black comedy about a ruthless media baron and hisJudging by the first episode, Succession presents an uncomfortable and very entertaining black comedy about a ruthless media baron and his spectacularly damaged family. The kickoff episode reminded me a lot of my favorite parts of director Adam McKay's film, The Big Short and confirms McKay's deft touch with class comedy. Creator and writer Jesse Armstrong (Veep and Black Mirror.) delivers a hilariously lacerating edge to the show's characters. Really looking forward to the rest of the series. Expand
  4. Jun 14, 2018
    7
    The premise here is nothing new, but this type of family dynamic is always a good platform for telling an interesting story. My complaint isThe premise here is nothing new, but this type of family dynamic is always a good platform for telling an interesting story. My complaint is with the Casting Director, not one of the main characters (except for Daddy) is fit for purpose, in terms of acting ability or screen presence. So, even with a good unfolding storyline and production values etc., you have a bunch of indequates, trying to play house. On the other hand, the opening theme music rocks. Expand
  5. Jun 5, 2018
    5
    Very underwhelming. Each character is more clichéd than the next: The Murdoch old-lion figure, who still has all his cunning despite hisVery underwhelming. Each character is more clichéd than the next: The Murdoch old-lion figure, who still has all his cunning despite his decrepit health, the anointed heir who has daddy issues, the immature bouffon of a little brother who prefers to laugh at everyone than accept taking responsibilities for his incompentence, the older brother who retreated to a ranch to avoid the rat race, the daughter that went into politics to prove she can do it alone, the consigliere who thinks he is part of the family...
    Probably as realistic as an episode of Dallas or Dynasty in the 80's.
    HBO, this is summer, but come on....
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  6. Jun 15, 2018
    0
    I watched the first episode and most of the second but I had to stop the show because I couldn't take any more. I need a character to root forI watched the first episode and most of the second but I had to stop the show because I couldn't take any more. I need a character to root for but there's not one single GOOD person on this show. Expand

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