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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 28, 2016
Season #: 1, 2, 3
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  • Summary: The first season of the British TV series follows the young Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman) from when she takes the crown at 18, dealing with matters of the kingdom with the help of Prime Minister Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell) and her eventual marriage to Prince Albert (Tom Hughes).
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jan 13, 2017
    83
    Approach Victoria for what it is--a lavish production with impeccable period details and some impeccable entertainment ones--and you will be pleased. Coleman, who’s wonderful here, assures that anyway.
  2. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jan 13, 2017
    80
    Victoria delivers precisely on two of the most essential elements of making historical fiction work: Is the cast--and particularly the lead--a group you want to spend hours with and does the plot move at a brisk, entertaining clip? That's an emphatic "yes" to both.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Rorke
    Jan 11, 2017
    75
    Victoria doesn’t have the panache or sweeping majesty of that show ["The Crown"], but it will keep house-bound New Yorkers entertained all winter long.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jan 13, 2017
    70
    This production seems to strive for a cross between Gossip Girl and Downton Abbey, and is thus an amusing trifle. ... Coleman is very good at portraying both sides of the Victoria depicted here: nervous adolescent romantic, and intelligent, wily influencer of government policy.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jan 13, 2017
    67
    If the queen of England isn’t enough drama for you, then something is amiss. Victoria gets close to the gold crown and then backs off.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Jan 13, 2017
    60
    As palace-bound melodramas go, Victoria is perfectly easy to watch, as long as you don’t mind that it never for a second feels as if you were watching something that could actually have taken place in the mid-19th century.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jan 13, 2017
    50
    Predictable to the bone--and at times maddeningly redundant--Victoria too often feels like a period drama about the making of a period drama, rather than a deep, authentic breath of rarefied air.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Feb 1, 2017
    8
    "Victoria" cannot compare to "Crown" when it comes to acting and writing, but for a PBS aired series, is isn't that bad. There are some"Victoria" cannot compare to "Crown" when it comes to acting and writing, but for a PBS aired series, is isn't that bad. There are some British shows that are slow-moving and drawn out: This is not one of those programs. As a mini-series I give it a "thumbs up." At least it is more entertaining than some of the TV shows Hollywood is turning out today. Expand
  2. Jan 19, 2017
    4
    We have seen so many recreation of young Victoria life and his romance with Albert that it is boring. Making things worse everybody is tooWe have seen so many recreation of young Victoria life and his romance with Albert that it is boring. Making things worse everybody is too good looking for their respective roles. Expand

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