The Crown: Series Review

The Crown PosterI’m in danger of becoming an Anglophile! We’ve been hooked on British dramas/documentaries that show how people lived in England through various points in history. The Crown is just another example of that obsession. This is a Netflix original series chronicling the early reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

I honestly didn’t expect the series to be this good. Any time I see the words, “original programming” by a streaming giant, I’m skeptical about production values. I find myself happily wrong.

It’s obvious they spent a great deal of money on this series. The acting is stellar, the eye for detail is meticulous.  The sense of character growth is palpable. It’s almost as if you’re watching them blossom into the people each of them would become in the 21st century.

Case in point: I’ve always admired Winston Churchill. He made some hard, horrifying, and brutal decisions, especially during the war, but he was a force of nature and I can’t help but admire his audacity. John Lithgow used all his acting chops to bring this bulldog of a man to life.

If you have an interest in history, English royals, or English culture of the 1950s I can happily recommend this series. There’s only one season so far with at least five more seasons expected. The first season seems centered on the 1950s. I thought at first it would be a dull period of time, but quite a lot happened right after the war.

Things were changing in Britain and the empire. There seems to be a tug of war between tradition and modernity with Elizabeth walking an ever narrowing rope. The series was engrossing from the very beginning.

We’ve been watching Victoria on PBS every Sunday night, but The Crown by far is the better series.

Have you seen it? What did you think of it? Do you think the Queen was characterized accurately? I found myself sympathizing with her (and her father) more than I expected.

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  1. I have not seen it, but I wanted to comment so you knew that I read your review. 🙂 I’m not much into historical television shows (or books for that matter). Except maybe westerns. But then, they aren’t really “historical.” Or are they?

  2. We don’t have netflix so it’s a pleasure we’ll probably miss. We did enjoy Victoria, even the gross inaccuracy of a Victoria-Melbourne love interest was forgiven just for the Rufus Sewell smouldering 🙂

    Have you seen The Night Manager yet?

  3. Mike: Any time I watch a biography, I have to do research on how accurate it was, so I know the Melbourne connection was a fabrication. Sewell was good in his role though.

    The Crown was better though. Better acting, and a more engrossing story dipping between politics and personal history.

    re: The Night Manager
    I hadn’t heard of that. It sounds like something Greg would like. I’ll see if it’s on our streaming venues. Thanks!

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