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  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 4, 2016
Season #: 1, 2
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Universal acclaim- based on 245 Ratings

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  • Summary: The rise of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) is chronicled from her wedding to Prince Phillip (Matt Smith) in 1947 to present day in the series planned to air over six seasons.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Nov 4, 2016
    100
    It’s all quite enthralling and majestic.
  2. 100
    The Crown is as beautifully filmed as could be, with scenes in Malta and Kenya as well as Balmoral in Scotland. The costuming is meticulous, as is the choreography of everything from dressing to mealtime to a train trip. Deliberate pacing (naysayers might say slow) allows time to appreciate all this.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Nov 2, 2016
    91
    It's a smart, beautifully mounted, and at times very moving production.
  4. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Nov 4, 2016
    83
    Like the subject it so lovingly examines, The Crown feels like an antique to be admired, even if its greater purpose becomes less clear with each passing hour.
  5. Reviewed by: David Sims
    Nov 4, 2016
    80
    The Crown is sometimes too somber, and slow-moving to a fault (it intends to cover Elizabeth’s entire reign over six seasons). But if you’re looking for an immersive history lesson with all the royal trimmings (ermine and purple velvet among them), it’s an extremely engrossing watch.
  6. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Nov 3, 2016
    80
    Pieces of The Crown are more brilliant on their own than they are as a series, taken in as shorter, intently focused films like “The Queen” and another Morgan achievement, the play and film versions of “Frost/Nixon.”
  7. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Nov 2, 2016
    50
    It will scratch your period drama itch--and leave you itchy for action.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 34
  2. Negative: 4 out of 34
  1. Nov 4, 2016
    10
    Sorry, but I'm a sucker for this kind of "boring" stuff. People just like me under the surface--being treated like they are my betters becauseSorry, but I'm a sucker for this kind of "boring" stuff. People just like me under the surface--being treated like they are my betters because of tradition and brainwashing really turns me on for some reason. Well acted, beautifully shot and designed. If you like stories about royalty, you'll dig this. Expand
  2. Dec 23, 2016
    10
    TV doesn't get much better than this -- an engrossing plot of historical significance, great acting and direction, costumes and sets that areTV doesn't get much better than this -- an engrossing plot of historical significance, great acting and direction, costumes and sets that are detailed and authentic to the time being portrayed. I've watched seven episodes so far and I've loved every minute. Expand
  3. Nov 8, 2016
    10
    goosebumps ! i am in love with this kind of series ! i am in love with The Crown. so i suggest everyone like drop everything and watch thisgoosebumps ! i am in love with this kind of series ! i am in love with The Crown. so i suggest everyone like drop everything and watch this series ASAP ! Expand
  4. Dec 8, 2016
    10
    An instant classic! One of the best series done for television in recent memory. Excellent acting, sets, costumes, and screenplay. The seriesAn instant classic! One of the best series done for television in recent memory. Excellent acting, sets, costumes, and screenplay. The series brought light to what being a Royal is like...birds in gilded cages. Expand
  5. Nov 22, 2016
    9
    The Crown is a solid piece of Historical Drama that is as well acted, as it is written, as it is produced.

    The story follows Princess
    The Crown is a solid piece of Historical Drama that is as well acted, as it is written, as it is produced.

    The story follows Princess Elizabeths years before she becomes Queen, her fathers death and her subsequent ascent to the throne and many events in between.

    A decent chunk of the story focuses on some of the intimate behind the scenes drama of the royal family, the relationship between Elizabeth and Prince Phillip and the strains her higher position takes on his sense of masculinity and feeling of self worth.

    Claire Foy dazzles with her portrayal of her Majesty Elizabeth II as does the rest of the ensemble, particularly for me Jeremy Northam as Anthony Eden, Victoria Hamilton The Queen Mother, Jared Harris with his stellar performance as George VI and Ben Miles as Peter Townsend.

    I break with some of the more popular opinions about John Lithgows portrayal of Winston Churchill, while I think from a technical perspective Johns performance was absolutely stellar, I don't personally feel that his portrayal of Churchill captured the physicality, the look or the tenacious personality of Churchill particularly well, but that's just my opinion and again, he was still fantastic in all other ways, the Episode involving his portrait was deeply moving
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  6. Dec 3, 2016
    9
    The show is epic and royal. It's beautifully written and has top-notch directing. The British Royal Family would be proud of the show as itThe show is epic and royal. It's beautifully written and has top-notch directing. The British Royal Family would be proud of the show as it captures with incredible tenderness the life of the actual Queen. Expand
  7. Jan 20, 2017
    0
    I must admit that the articulation of challenges Queen ELIZABTH goes through was ecstatic. It's certainly an uphill task to put forth mattersI must admit that the articulation of challenges Queen ELIZABTH goes through was ecstatic. It's certainly an uphill task to put forth matters of this great sensitivity over a drama series. The whole series was directed with great care. As far as justifying the acting part goes for the role Claire has done a fantastic job. Despite the brilliant storyline the series was crafted to live up to the royality of THE CROWN. As far as review I'm gonna stand a promoter of the series. Expand

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