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Graves - S01 E02

Comedy . Drama
 

The family and staff unsuccessfully try to prevent Graves from finding out that his attempted assassin Martin Treadwell (while he was in the White House 25 years ago) is seeking a furlough to visit his dying mother. Graves attends his gardener's niece's quinceañera and becomes an advocate for the Mexican immigrant community. Margaret is approached by the Republican Party and invited to launch a Senate campaign, while Isaiah and Olivia get too close for (Isaiah's) comfort.

 
Episode Title: You Started Everything
Airs: 2016-10-23 at 22:00
  • Ben Travers

    It’s a big step up from Amazon’s “Alpha House.” Plus, through three episodes, the well-performed, warmly funny tale is also fair to both sides of the aisle. And it’s got some big ideas to boot.

    Indiewire Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    It does not go deep. And yet in its moments, Graves can be quite persuasive, even moving. (It can be corny too, but corn can work.) Growling and grumbling like a spokesperson for phlegm as he takes Graves from childishness to youthfulness, Nolte finds everything touching in his character, and makes you feel it too.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Sonia Saraiya

    The political comedy, starring Nick Nolte and Sela Ward, is both genuinely funny and genuinely moving, displaying a kind of rigor in its storytelling that is frequently lost on networks new to original programming.

    Variety Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Don’t scrutinize this series too closely; just enjoy the performances.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Allison Keene

    In its first few episodes the series feels a little too boilerplate in its characters and plotting to feel like essential viewing.

    Collider Full Review
  • Joe McGovern

    Graves is a lumpy blob of satire--witless and unadventurous in its targets. ... Nothing more than a Veep for Dummies. [Oct 14, 2016, p.53]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    It’s an interesting spree--strewn with cameos from Jake Tapper, Rudy Giuliani, Bill Richardson and more--and Nolte seems to make more of the role than the scripts offer. But Graves is also somewhat leaden and obvious in its first two episodes, replete with a rebellious former first daughter (Helene Yorke) and a first son (Chris Lowell) who never felt loved.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Graves assuredly will turn off some viewers with its title character’s U-turns from previous conservative positions on military spending and illegal immigration. The series clearly has an “agenda,” but isn’t all that artful in putting it forth. Nolte’s performance is energetic without being particularly memorable.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Danette Chavez

    Graves aims for Bulworth, but ends up Guarding Tess.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Dan Fienberg

    Graves is unquestionably politically aware, but it's neither politically smart nor, despite the hero's arc, all that politically reflective. Nolte has moments of grounded sadness that are nearly effective, but there's no way for those moments to stick when the show keeps undermining both his dignity and whatever dignity Graves once had.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
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