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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 3, 2018
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 53 Ratings

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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: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  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. Dec 23, 2018
    10
    Not in my top five-- sopranos, breaking bad, justified, six feet under, the wire-- but definitely in my top three of the year. If you're putNot in my top five-- sopranos, breaking bad, justified, six feet under, the wire-- but definitely in my top three of the year. If you're put off by the first episodes and the nauseating entitlement of the rich, I still say stick with it. The acting is excellent, some of the writing is superb (often very funny), and, for me, the show became addicting by episode three. By the end I was hungry for another year. Acting, writing, and twists and turns of plot that rise to the height of great tv. Expand
  3. Jan 16, 2019
    10
    I'm going to keep this review short and sweet. Season 1 of Succession is one of the best debut seasons of television I've seen in recentI'm going to keep this review short and sweet. Season 1 of Succession is one of the best debut seasons of television I've seen in recent memory. Highly Recommended. Expand
  4. Jul 29, 2018
    8
    Succession is compelling, well-written, and well-acted; there is something about it that feels very authentic, which is unusual for a show ofSuccession is compelling, well-written, and well-acted; there is something about it that feels very authentic, which is unusual for a show of this nature. At first I was surprised by some of the reviews, but the more I think about it, I realize that many people require action sequences, CGI, and major events to stay interested; this show is for viewers who like stories that take time to unfold, and who enjoy the details as much as the payoff. Expand
  5. Aug 6, 2018
    8
    Succession is a terrific family drama. Yes, they are a very rich family. Yes, there is some business involved. But the real entertainment hereSuccession is a terrific family drama. Yes, they are a very rich family. Yes, there is some business involved. But the real entertainment here comes from how the family interacts with each other, and how the concept of family only goes so far in business. It may be a bit over the top at times but that just adds to the entertainment value. The comedy is quite good as well. If you're a fan of family dramas with business being a bit of a background driver of the story, Succession is for you. Expand
  6. 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
  7. 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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