• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 8, 2022
Season #: 1.5, 1

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
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  1. Reviewed by: Francesca Steele
    Dec 9, 2022
    It’s cheesy, it’s biased and there are no real surprises. But as a highly watchable piece of television? Haz and Meg have got it.
  2. Reviewed by: Jessie Thompson
    Dec 9, 2022
    Live[s] up to its no-holds-barred expectations. ... There’s plenty of dynamite stuff to give the Sussexes’ detractors something to spew over. At points, it’s hard to tell if the couple are naïve or disingenuous. ... ut, at times, I find the couple endearing; at others, deeply sympathetic.
  3. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Dec 9, 2022
    It’s a few things all at once: an enraging tale of racism, a fascinating look into a profoundly rarefied way of life, and a sometimes too self-celebratory vanity project that, for the most part, reiterates what we already know. ... The [battle between conformity and individuality] has been told many times before — from the days of King Edward’s abdication in order to marry a divorcee, to the split between Charles and Diana — but it’s one that nonetheless resonates.
  4. Reviewed by: Liz Kocan
    Dec 9, 2022
    Harry & Meghan feels like a genuine and honest story of what it’s like behind palace doors.
  5. Reviewed by: Nina Metz
    Dec 9, 2022
    A sharper editor might have encourage the trimming of previously reported information that ultimately isn’t relevant to what appears to be the broader goal: Assessing the system itself. The series doesn’t fully solve this dilemma, of servicing the intentions of its two primary subjects, while also telling a larger story about the intertwined interests of the monarchy and tabloid media, all of it shaped and informed by xenophobia and racism.
  6. Reviewed by: Lucy Mangan
    Dec 9, 2022
    In the end – what are we left with? Exactly the same story we always knew, told in the way we would expect to hear it from the people who are telling it.
  7. Reviewed by: Angie Han
    Dec 9, 2022
    It is unsurprising that the portrait ends up a flattering one, sympathetic to their trials and scrupulously respectful of their perspectives. What it does not turn out to be is essential.
  8. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Dec 9, 2022
    It’s a diary entry. Diary entries can be helpful when they provide untold insights into their subjects, but “Harry & Meghan” is merely a long, redundant recap of two very public lives. And absent any challenging questions from outside the couple’s tidy little love bubble, it’s a dull one at that.
  9. Reviewed by: Nadira Goffe
    Dec 19, 2022
    There’s little new juicy drama and few shocking reveals. ... What the series does offer, instead, are some underdeveloped attempts at historical racial analysis. ... But the sociohistorical analysis, judged on its own merits, feels lacking.
  10. Reviewed by: Carol Midgley
    Dec 9, 2022
    There was nothing “bombshell” or even very new here. It was beautifully shot but it was repetitive, whingy and boring.
  11. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Dec 9, 2022
    As with the most recent, painfully dull season of “The Crown,” there seems a sort of narrative stuckness, an inability or lack of desire to find the next thing to say that we haven’t yet heard.
  12. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Dec 9, 2022
    A viewer really has to be on board the royal soap-opera bus not to be bored out of one’s mind by “Harry & Meghan,” not that anyone on it rides a bus.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 40
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 40
  3. Negative: 29 out of 40
  1. Dec 11, 2022
    a documentary about 2 people wanting their privacy but filming a documentary. Ummmmm,ok.
  2. Dec 10, 2022
    Self-obsessed, disingenuous and completely lacking in self awareness, the two privileged millionaire grifters take the Netflix dollar bySelf-obsessed, disingenuous and completely lacking in self awareness, the two privileged millionaire grifters take the Netflix dollar by attacking the press and British monarchy with this completely one-sided "documentary". You know what you're in for when the very first frame, telling you the palace had declined to comment, is a lie. Truth is they were never offered the chance to respond. 3 hours of self-pity and not one single admission on their part that they did anything wrong. Three years after they left they are still banging on about how hard done by they are. Harry is stupid (and thoroughly emasculated), Meghan is a textbook narcissist and as a couple they are dull and sanctimonious. Harry's creepy obsession with his dead mother is off-putting to say the least; a middle aged man who at heart remains the little boy walking behind his mother's coffin. If the British royal family is so racist, why are they clinging on to their titles? It's because without them, nobody would be interested in them. Full Review »
  3. Dec 10, 2022
    Although the episodes so far look like they could use some trimming, the content - especially from Harry has been compelling. I knew littleAlthough the episodes so far look like they could use some trimming, the content - especially from Harry has been compelling. I knew little about Meghan going in but she seems likable and straight forward. Her mother is charming but seems to be holding back. The niece showing up was a surprise.
    Everything seems to circle round to Diana and the way she was hounded, harassed and made miserable by the tabloids. Harry seems to be intent on not letting his family suffer in a like manner. They haven't said (so far) who made the remarks about Archie's skin color Obviously, the trashy tabloids that Harry (rightfully) castigates, have done quite a number on this couple and this is their way of putting the truth out.
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