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The Crown - S01E02

History . Drama
 

The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world -- Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street - and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. Two houses, two courts, one Crown.

 
Episode Title: Episode 2
Airs: 2016-11-04 at 12:01 AM
  • Ed Bark

    It’s all quite enthralling and majestic.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The show, created and written by Peter Morgan of “The Queen” and “Frost/Nixon,” is thoroughly engaging, gorgeously shot, beautifully acted, rich in the historical events of postwar England, and designed with a sharp eye to psychological nuance.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    A sumptuous, stately but never dull look inside the life of Queen Elizabeth (Claire Foy).

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    The Crown is as beautifully filmed as could be, with scenes in Malta and Kenya as well as Balmoral in Scotland. The costuming is meticulous, as is the choreography of everything from dressing to mealtime to a train trip. Deliberate pacing (naysayers might say slow) allows time to appreciate all this.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Netflix’s The Crown is a sumptuous treat, a lavish costume drama with subtle performances and an astonishing attention to detail.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Gwen Ihnat

    The Crown easily rises far above, adding a cinematic quality to a complex and intricate time for an intimate family. The performers and creators are seemingly up for the task.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    It's a smart, beautifully mounted, and at times very moving production.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    We’re clearly meant to see the duke as a wastrel with heart. It doesn’t quite come off--Mr. Jennings is far too convincing as an empty-hearted scoundrel--but it’s a minor flaw in this superbly sustained work.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Melanie McFarland

    The Crown is as superb and heavy as, well, the actual crown.

    Salon Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    The irony is that while Elizabeth is continually told to suppress her individuality for the sake of the monarchy, the marvelous The Crown renders her more fully human than ever. [7 - 20 Nov 2016, p.12]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    As television it's excellent--beautifully mounted, movingly played and only mildly melodramatic.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Morgan and director-producer Stephen Daldry make the show engrossing both as history and as a drama about family ties.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    What matters more is the way Morgan uses events--as small as Elizabeth's choice of a personal secretary and as large as her struggle to preserve the monarchy against duplicitous officials and her sister's need to "shine"--to illuminate Elizabeth and the country she rules. Those events may sometimes play out a bit slowly, but they're usually fascinating and they're never dull.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Dan Fienberg

    The first chapter of Peter Morgan's chronicle of the rule of Queen Elizabeth II remains gripping across the entirety of the 10 episodes made available to critics, finding both emotional heft in Elizabeth's youthful ascension and unexpected suspense in matters of courtly protocol and etiquette.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ben Travers

    Like the subject it so lovingly examines, The Crown feels like an antique to be admired, even if its greater purpose becomes less clear with each passing hour.

    Indiewire Full Review
  • Kevin P. Sullivan

    What may at first seem too-familiar story is in fact a surprising and compelling portrait of someone we all think we know. [4 Nov 2016, p.55]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • David Sims

    The Crown is sometimes too somber, and slow-moving to a fault (it intends to cover Elizabeth’s entire reign over six seasons). But if you’re looking for an immersive history lesson with all the royal trimmings (ermine and purple velvet among them), it’s an extremely engrossing watch.

    The Atlantic Full Review
  • Scott D. Pierce

    Morgan dramatizes Elizabeth's life--he builds the narrative on a framework of public events but includes private exchanges and personal motives in a way that's entirely believable and doesn't feel in the least bit exploitative.

    The Salt Lake Tribune Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    This is a thoughtful series that lingers over death rather than using it for shock value; one that finds its story lines in small power struggles rather than gruesome palace coups.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Pieces of The Crown are more brilliant on their own than they are as a series, taken in as shorter, intently focused films like “The Queen” and another Morgan achievement, the play and film versions of “Frost/Nixon.”

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Allison Keene

    The Crown is a fascinating and easily engrossing portrait of a young monarch in a fairly modern age, and benefits from having one writer (creator Peter Morgan) to lend it narrative continuity.

    Collider Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The Crown is gorgeously produced, impeccably cast and deals with a tantalizing period in British history. It is also grindingly slow, and occasionally feels like it's recycling material previously covered in other movies and miniseries...The good outweighs the disclaimers, in a project that oozes class from every pore.

    CNN Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    In a drama that is prone to repetitive tangents, disconnected subplots and the liberal use of filler, Foy unites the disparate parts of The Crown and gives it a taut center.

    Variety Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Sumptuously produced but glacially told, The Crown is the TV equivalent of a long drive through the English countryside. The scenery keeps changing, but remains the same.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Daniel D'Addario

    The show will be compared to Downton Abbey, but that late soap opera was able to invent ahistorical or at least unexpected notes of benevolence and wisdom among its upper-crust characters. Foy struggles mightily, but she’s given little: Avoiding her children, her husband, and her subjects in favor of meetings at which she either acquiesces to her advisors or puts off acquiescing until fifteen minutes later, The Crown’s Elizabeth is more than unknowable. She’s a bore.

    Time Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    The Crown never entirely figures out how to make the political and domestic drama genuinely dramatic, much less bestow complexity on characters outside England’s innermost circle (the scenes of Philip and Elizabeth in Kenya, in particularly, are face-palm condescending).

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    It will scratch your period drama itch--and leave you itchy for action.

    Slate Full Review