Succession: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

Peppering its pathos with acid wit, Succession is a divine comedy of absolute power and dysfunction -- brought to vivid life by a ferocious ensemble.



Critic Ratings: 76


Audience Score

User Ratings: 48
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Air date: Jun 3, 2018
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The drama series follows the lives of the members of the Roy family, who control a big media conglomerate. Logan Roy (Brian Cox) announces on his 80th birthday that he has no intention to step down as CEO of Waystar Royco, a decision that creates tension among his heirs: Logan's children and in-laws all try to gain as much power within the company as they can, hoping to be able to take control when the time is right. In Season 1, everyone in the family starts pursuing their own agenda, but Logan isn't willing to go down quietly.

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Critic Reviews for Succession Season 1

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (30)

Not only the best season of television of 2018, but one of the best debut seasons of television I've seen, up there with the first seasons of Deadwood, Spiral and The Wire ... they may not be good human beings, but they're ludicrously good characters.

Dec 12, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

All eyes are on Strong's haunted Kendall Roy, who looks at any moment as if he's going to go full Michael Corleone.

Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

As a fan of those shows - and virtually everything else Armstrong has worked on - I wanted to love this one too. But I couldn't, not quite.

Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Jesse Armstrong's speciality is writing stingers and elaborately vile speeches for his characters to deliver. This is simply showboating - not dialogue that can be convincingly responded to by the other characters. And they all speak this way.

Aug 2, 2018 | Full Review…

At least 80 percent of Succession can be watched in the spirit of Veep, which is to say, as a sharp and filthy satirical comedy.

Jun 5, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

"Succession" is elevated by Cox's turn. He looks like late director Robert Altman in the role, and he brings a little bit of Shakespearean weight as he patriarchs the hell out of his family.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Succession occupies a world of gleaming Manhattan apartments and sterile office buildings, but at its heart we're under no illusions that it's animal and primal and messy and disgusting.

Feb 15, 2019 | Full Review…

[It's] a project that likely would have worked better as one of those Saturday night HBO movies than a drawn-out 10-episode series.

Dec 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Succession somehow turned sociopaths trying to destroy one another into appointment viewing.

Dec 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Succession is populated by a cesspool of vultures and terrible people you'd never personally want to know. But they sure are fun to watch.

Dec 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Succession: Season 1

  • 5d ago
    I do not get the buzz and high marks for this show. I watched Season 1 hoping it would get better in Season 2. I made it through the first 2 episodes of Season 2 and realized I just don't like this show. It got even more outlandish in Season 2 and not in a comical way, but in a poorly written, not credible or believable way. Someone on here compared it to Veep. Not. Even. Close. Veep is hilarious and clever and yes, very sweary. Succession is vulgar, cheap and not funny. I don't care how wealthy you are, you still need to depend on smart, capable people to help run a company. It isn't satirical because it's not written that way. It's just a bunch of idiots who the CEO literally treats like pigs (S2,Ep 2). The writers script Logan Roy like some kind of dictator or prison warden who has a completely captive audience and group of employees. It's in NYC not Russia! I wanted to like it as the genre is something I generally enjoy. The actors are all people I would watch and appreciate in something else. The writing really is the weak link in my opinion.
  • 5d ago
    Succession fans have really got to stop it. It's not amazing. It's not bad. But it's certainly not all that special. In fact, this show gets a bit predictable at times. There are certainly things to enjoy, from the acting to the camera work. But, If I want to watch overbearing, flaccid, sometimes-funny material about how shallow powerful people can be, I'll watch watch reruns of Veep. If I have to see another overblown, hyperbolic ad about how this Will Ferrell/Adam McKay vehicle is the best show of the summer, my eyes will hurt because of all the eye-rolling. Time to go over to The Deuce and watch a real story.
  • 6d ago
    Badly written, stupid camera work (the shaking and in and out zoom thing went out many years ago - it was terrible then and it's terrible now). Whenever it tries to be comical it fails miserably ...HINT: stick with straight drama OR comedy - NEVER mix the 2 in a show like this. Most of the acting is very bad except for fantastic old pros Brian Cox & James Cromwell who in their sleep can act circles around the younger actors. Jeremy Strong is decent in his role.
  • Sep 10, 2019
    Best ever - best casting - best writing - love
  • Sep 01, 2019
    LOVE LOVE LOVE. The characters are disgustingly arrogant narcissists and yet so enticing. Even more impressive, perhaps, is the fact that, under this bracket of ‘wealthy snobs who have a complete lack of any moral fibre', each character is also completely unique. I especially love Tom who, when first introduced to cannot help but loathe due to his spineless sucking up to Logan. However, as the series continues, one can't help but empathise with his naivety, even though his spinelessnees pervades. It's impressive. I always like a tv show that doesn't have distinctive ‘good guys' and ‘bad guys'. And the ending !! Oh boy. What a way to end the series
  • Aug 30, 2019
    A talented ensemble cast leads the way through an absorbing, hilariously entertaining, unpredictable drama filled with intrigues and plot twists.
  • Aug 29, 2019
    Deserves the accolades but season two seems to be suffering from a bit of over repetition. After a while it becomes a bit depressing to spend time with these folks, as talented as Brian Cox is.
  • Aug 27, 2019
    A filthy show, with filthy dialog and tone-deaf behavior. It would be more interesting to show them having sex and actually using the toilet where all of the filth belongs, instead of on the lips of mannequins who have little to do, but recite the lines given to them by the writers. Tedious. Someone forgot to do their homework and go back to the era of night time soap operas, like Dynasty and Dallas, that actually had characters you could cheer for. And at the end of every episode, they want to explain every episode to us. That reminds me of someone I knew who thought it was important to discuss every commercail with me, when I watched TV. No....... No thanks. There is not enough depth in this show. It might actually be good if I got stoned, put on Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' and turned the sound off on the show.
  • Aug 25, 2019
    I spent a day and pretty much watched this through. Cant wait for season 2!
  • Aug 16, 2019
    How does this only have 8 reviews?!? Top 10 show I've ever watched on HBO

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