• Network: HULU
  • Series Premiere Date: May 15, 2020
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 6 out of 24

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  1. May 20, 2020
    0
    Critics compare it to "The Favourite" by Lanthimos because of the -seemingly- similar irreverence to the apparent classicism of 18th period pieces (Barry Lyndon and all). They fail to understand that Lanthimos was actually ultra-realistic in a way, reminding us that the 18th century was an age of "libertinage", extreme sexuality, "effeminate" decadence, rococo, where women such asCritics compare it to "The Favourite" by Lanthimos because of the -seemingly- similar irreverence to the apparent classicism of 18th period pieces (Barry Lyndon and all). They fail to understand that Lanthimos was actually ultra-realistic in a way, reminding us that the 18th century was an age of "libertinage", extreme sexuality, "effeminate" decadence, rococo, where women such as Pompadour ruled over style, as well as an explosion of ideas amongst this degenerate nobility...while at the same time drawing parallels with our current times, where a degenerate elite is falling to narcissism, nihilism, relativism and laziness. This is why it was so compelling!

    This show is doing the opposite! It's forcing modern tropes on the past. And is therefore as laughable as it is incongruous and useless.
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  2. May 18, 2020
    9
    Huzzah! This tv show is surprisingly very good, definitely not expected. A must watch!
  3. May 19, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Show was amazing. Couldn't stop watching. Season ended with ultimate cliffhanger. Season 2 couldn't come soon enough Expand
  4. May 24, 2020
    7
    The Great is highly entertaining historical-ish fiction. In the same way Mad Men took a fantastical dramatical view to the ad men era of the 1960's, The Great takes a fansastical look at the Russian aristocracy of the 18th century. It's a heck of a lot better and much more truthful than other fantasy in similar veins (cough Downton Abbey trash) and you have to ignore everything you knowThe Great is highly entertaining historical-ish fiction. In the same way Mad Men took a fantastical dramatical view to the ad men era of the 1960's, The Great takes a fansastical look at the Russian aristocracy of the 18th century. It's a heck of a lot better and much more truthful than other fantasy in similar veins (cough Downton Abbey trash) and you have to ignore everything you know about the actual history and people of the era. The performances are phenomenal, and the overall arc of the season is satisfying. The era is fascinating already so the massive fictionalizing is an odd choice; I'm trying to just enjoy it for what it is. Expand
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77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Terry Terrones
    May 20, 2020
    91
    Complex characters, witty dialogue, a precarious play for power and just the right touches of humor make for riveting television.
  2. Reviewed by: Rebecca Onion
    May 19, 2020
    80
    That durable comedic setup, the Battle of the Sexes—entitled, boorish Peter versus intelligent, hardworking Catherine—is at the heart of The Great. But there’s another kind of historical comedy here. Catherine is the new, struggling to be born; Peter is the old, fighting against change. The problem of emergent modernity has never been so funny.
  3. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    May 18, 2020
    80
    A simple check of Google could tell you how this all turns out but it’s fascinating to see how McNamara bends the narrative to fit the message.