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Victoria - S01 E04

Drama . History . Biography
 

Prince Albert arrives in England for the first time, and he and Victoria take an instant dislike to each other in an awkward first encounter. Below stairs, Albert's valet clashes with the royal servants, while Skerrett is visited by a girl in need of money.

 
Episode Title: The Clockwork Prince
Airs: 2016-09-11 at 21:00
  • Verne Gay

    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.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Victoria is a lesser offering [than Netflix's The Crown], but not without its charms, and it is certainly entertaining enough.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Robert Rorke

    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.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    It's no "Downton Abbey" (especially during tedious scenes involving the palace staff), but Victoria has enough glittering chandeliers, glowing candlelight, luxurious furnishings, sumptuous gowns and dazzling jewels to make it undemanding, cozy viewing.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Victoria at its best when the young queen is exercising her authority--and learning its limits--while widening her horizons, not worrying about what Albert might think.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Jen Chaney

    It’s a perfectly fine series, and offers much for fans of historical drama to savor, including heavy doses of romance; costumes rife with voluminous skirts and elaborate tiaras; political and dramatic intrigue; the subtext of actual events, with which, naturally, some liberties have been taken.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    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.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Victoria looks appropriately and enjoyably regal but only fitfully feels stirring enough to expand on the genre's loyal core. Take that as a sign that in the Masterpiece business, the crown has gotten that much heavier.

    CNN Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    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.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Ray Rahman

    The performances are solid and the production is aptly luxe, but that's about it. The villains are comically one-dimensional, the dialogue is uneven, and there's entirely too much boring upstairs-downstairs drama. [13 Jan 2017, p.58]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Coming on the heels of Netflix’s superior British period drama “The Crown,” Victoria is a bit of a comedown, but it’s not bad, merely familiar and expected.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Allison Keene

    It’s just the tale of a young woman finding her way and managing her personal life where, for better or worse, her being a queen often feels like an afterthought.

    Collider Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    The result is a miniseries that’s easy on the eyes and generally more interesting when capable actors like Jenna Coleman, who plays Victoria, and Rufus Sewell, as her advisor Lord Melbourne, imbue the dialogue and character psyches with more depth than the scripts provide. Subplots about secondary and tertiary characters, which feel like castoffs from lazier “Downton Abbey” seasons, frustrate for a variety of reasons, not least because they’re executed with a lack of flair and originality.

    Variety Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    As costume drama, Victoria will likely be a crowd-pleaser, but here's hoping next season finds a more fulfilling balance. [2-15 Jan 2017, p.18]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    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.

    Washington Post Full Review