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The Crown: Season 1 (2016)




Critic Consensus: Powerful performances and lavish cinematography make The Crown a top-notch production worthy of its grand subject.


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Season one begins with a 25-year-old Princess faced with the daunting prospect of leading the most famous monarchy in the world while forging a relationship with the domineering, war-hardened Prime Minister Winston Churchill.


Claire Foy
as Queen Elizabeth II
Vanessa Kirby
as Princess Margaret
Matt Smith
as Prince Philip
Jared Harris
as King George VI
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Critic Reviews for The Crown: Season 1

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As a rebellious American, I think what's missing here is the voice of the British people. Without them, "The Crown" gives us little sense how the marriages and mishaps of a mostly ceremonial monarchy could still inspire a great nation.

November 25, 2019 | Full Review…
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Netflix's lavish production ticks all the boxes of a royal awards contender: impeccable craftsmanship, sterling performances and a historical story. But all that polish may have dulled its edge.

November 14, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It's very moving and will make you grateful to live in 2016. But it is a little gross.

November 4, 2016 | Full Review…

Its high points are too numerous to detail.

November 4, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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The Crown is the TV equivalent of a long drive through the English countryside. The scenery keeps changing, but remains the same. You nod off, then wake up - to see more of the same.

November 3, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Should you watch it: Indubitably. Creator Peter Morgan, who wrote The Queen... breathes life into this alien, ossified world - and we watch that world suck the life out of this young woman.

November 3, 2016 | Full Review…

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I really don't see the point of writing a series about the Queen when she is still very much alive. It's well acted but I am really unsure of the historical accuracy and the saucy drama. Matt Smith was a bad cast for playing Phillip.


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