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  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 4, 2016
Season #: 1, 2
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Universal acclaim- based on 258 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: 29 out of 35
  2. Negative: 4 out of 35
  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. Mar 21, 2017
    10
    Cannot get any better than this. Superb acting, great casting and well directed. Super entertaining from Stuart to end. Queens performance isCannot get any better than this. Superb acting, great casting and well directed. Super entertaining from Stuart to end. Queens performance is so believable and the costume and set design is fantastic. Makes you sympathetic with the queen and what she has to endure. Very well done, must see. Expand
  3. Apr 11, 2017
    10
    Brilliant! Sublime. Perfect. Claire Foy carries The Crown very ably. Can't wait for season two. It's been a while since a show has been asBrilliant! Sublime. Perfect. Claire Foy carries The Crown very ably. Can't wait for season two. It's been a while since a show has been as riveting as it has been excellently produced. Bravo 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. Jan 30, 2017
    9
    An unexpected surprise!

    Originally thought that it would be boring because it would lack lack of cat-and-dog viciousness of medieval
    An unexpected surprise!

    Originally thought that it would be boring because it would lack lack of cat-and-dog viciousness of medieval politics and the first episode did start slow. Completely surpassed my expectations!

    Great writing, good characters, and good politics.

    Makes you really hate the old royal establishment just on how DUMB their traditions are. Its no wonder one king left the throne.

    Go Team Edward VIII!

    A grade series.
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  6. Laj
    Nov 6, 2016
    9
    My wife and I have now watched 3 episodes. We found this a wonderfully engaging and delightful documentary drama with excellent acting andMy wife and I have now watched 3 episodes. We found this a wonderfully engaging and delightful documentary drama with excellent acting and sumptuous visuals. Claire Foy (Woolf Hall) is excellent as ER II, and Matt Smith commanding as Prince Philip. The story has been told very well; and spanning as it does some truly transitional time periods, it makes for compelling viewing. I am looking forward very much to the rise of Antony Eden, played by Jeremy Northam.
    So far the stand out actor for me has been Jared Harris who plays George VI with great sympathy and restraint. Less is usually more in theater, and Mr Harris knows his trade. That said, there is not a weak performance among the cast.
    Highly recommended viewing for those of us that enjoy drama with dialogue, character development and acting, as opposed to violence and special effects.
    2 Thumbs up.
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  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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