The Crown Reviews & Ratings

Fridays, 3:00 AM ET on Netflix

60 minutes

“The Crown” is based on the play “The Audience” from scribe Peter Morgan (“The Queen,” “Frost/Nixon”), director Stephen Daldry (“Billy Elliot,” “The Hours”) and producer Andy Harries (“The Queen”). “The Crown” tells the 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 events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.
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Jan 1, 2017 11:17PM EST
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Marvelous! I absolutely loved this show, watched almost all of it in a single sitting and am starving for more! Effortless to follow all the political, family, and scandalous drama that is all perfectly balanced with each other. Most dramas fall into the pit of overdoing the drama and becoming unrealistically outrageous, creating a disconnect and a ''soap opera'' feel. The Crown maintains an intense dramatic level without ever crossing that boundary, making the show truly close to the heart, because it still feels realistic.
For anyone who is not particularly fond of overly historic or political dramas, do not shy away from this show! They truly do a wonderful job making it so the viewer doesn't get bogged down by too much of it, yet enough to keep your mind interested!

Marvelous! I absolutely loved this show, watched almost all of it in a single sitting and am starving for more! Effortless to follow all the political, family, and scandalous drama that is all perfectly balanced with each other. Most dramas fall into the pit of overdoing the drama and becoming unrealistically outrageous, creating a disconnect and a ''soap opera'' feel. The Crown maintains an intense dramatic level without ever crossing that boundary, making the show truly close to the heart, because it still feels realistic.
For anyone who is not particularly fond of overly historic or political dramas, do not shy away from this show! They truly do a wonderful job making it so the viewer doesn't get bogged down by too much of it, yet enough to keep your mind interested!

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Nov 7, 2016 2:40AM EST
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Such a good insight into the cogs of the Royal Family. Perfect balance between political issues grounded with family drama and scandal. Cast performances are exceptional, and to whomever thinks this is a Downton Abbey redo with the Royal Family- think again.

Such a good insight into the cogs of the Royal Family. Perfect balance between political issues grounded with family drama and scandal. Cast performances are exceptional, and to whomever thinks this is a Downton Abbey redo with the Royal Family- think again.

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Dec 20, 2016 11:16AM EST
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It definitely wasn't what I was expecting and it did take me a while before I really got into it. Once I got past the confusing, and slightly boring, first episode, I finally got what was going on and could enjoy it a little more. So many people have compared this to Downton Abbey, which is what made me want to watch this show in the first place (also, Matt Smith!!!), and I think the fact that it's nothing like Downton at all is what made that first episode tough to get through. Once I could accept that fact that it's not Downton and will never compare to that masterpiece, I could watch this show as its own show. I can't really compare it to anything else I've ever seen. It is its own story and should be watched as such. Don't compare it to Downton Abbey or you'll just be disappointed.

It definitely wasn't what I was expecting and it did take me a while before I really got into it. Once I got past the confusing, and slightly boring, first episode, I finally got what was going on and could enjoy it a little more. So many people have compared this to Downton Abbey, which is what made me want to watch this show in the first place (also, Matt Smith!!!), and I think the fact that it's nothing like Downton at all is what made that first episode tough to get through. Once I could accept that fact that it's not Downton and will never compare to that masterpiece, I could watch this show as its own show. I can't really compare it to anything else I've ever seen. It is its own story and should be watched as such. Don't compare it to Downton Abbey or you'll just be disappointed.

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Jun 14, 2017 4:33AM EDT
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the crown is an amazing show, which is beautifully shot, has great dialogue, attention to detail, a stunning cast and fashion. i Cannot wait for the next season, great buildup. :):

the crown is an amazing show, which is beautifully shot, has great dialogue, attention to detail, a stunning cast and fashion. i Cannot wait for the next season, great buildup. :):

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Jun 13, 2017 11:51AM EDT
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I wasn't entirely sure about this show - another period drama and about the monarch who ruled over half the world! But I must admit that this show is very captivating! The ensemble is brilliant and the screenplay is sensitive.

I wasn't entirely sure about this show - another period drama and about the monarch who ruled over half the world! But I must admit that this show is very captivating! The ensemble is brilliant and the screenplay is sensitive.

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Mar 27, 2017 6:47PM EDT
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Claire Foy is FANTASTIC! Meanwhile, every episode makes you beg for more. They way of telling the story is fluid.

Claire Foy is FANTASTIC! Meanwhile, every episode makes you beg for more. They way of telling the story is fluid.

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Dec 31, 2016 1:36AM EST
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I'm at the wedding in the first episode and the biggest problem I can see at the moment is that Matt Smith is in it - he's the whole reason I stopped watching Doctor Who so it's soured the whole series for me.

I'm now on the last episode and all this show has done is shown that there is alot of resentment.
- Queen Mother for her brother-in-law abdicating, and for her daughter taking her crown
- King Edward for being forced to choose
- King Edwards wife for not being allowed to be Queen
- Princess Margaret for not being next in line when she felt she was more deserving
- Prince Phillip for having a wife who is Queen (not like he didn't know it was going to happen eventually) The Prince also comes across as a bit of a rich trust fund kid who doesn't have any regard for rules and regulations.

I don't know if this is a true representation of the Royal Family, but this does not paint them in a good light.

I'm at the wedding in the first episode and the biggest problem I can see at the moment is that Matt Smith is in it - he's the whole reason I stopped watching Doctor Who so it's soured the whole series for me.

I'm now on the last episode and all this show has done is shown that there is alot of resentment.
- Queen Mother for her brother-in-law abdicating, and for her daughter taking her crown
- King Edward for being forced to choose
- King Edwards wife for not being allowed to be Queen
- Princess Margaret for not being next in line when she felt she was more deserving
- Prince Phillip for having a wife who is Queen (not like he didn't know it was going to happen eventually) The Prince also comes across as a bit of a rich trust fund kid who doesn't have any regard for rules and regulations.

I don't know if this is a true representation of the Royal Family, but this does not paint them in a good light.

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Dec 30, 2016 9:38AM EST
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good, its great :)

good, its great :)

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Nov 18, 2016 1:02PM EST
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I never thought I'd feel so sympathetic toward QE2, but this beautifully produced, smart show has made me really think about the extraordinary circumstances surrounding her childhood and young adult life. This is a woman who never asked to be queen, after all. Everyone in the cast is outstanding, but Vanessa Kirby is particularly fantastic as Margaret. (My favorite bit, however, is how bitchy Edward is made out to be.)

I never thought I'd feel so sympathetic toward QE2, but this beautifully produced, smart show has made me really think about the extraordinary circumstances surrounding her childhood and young adult life. This is a woman who never asked to be queen, after all. Everyone in the cast is outstanding, but Vanessa Kirby is particularly fantastic as Margaret. (My favorite bit, however, is how bitchy Edward is made out to be.)

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by karenx
Nov 15, 2016 3:19PM EST
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I started watching this with very high expectations. Maybe that was the problem. The premise is great and I was hoping for something to fill the void left by Downton abbey. Unfortunately, for me, The Crown didn't deliver. This has nothing to do with the terrific acting but everything with the lack of any kind of speed, suspense and even substance. The political drama is barely touched since the queen has no power over it and the relationship drama is only shown by the exchange of subtle but significant looks. The attention to detail is to be admired but simply goes too far. These deeply repressed characters don't make it easy to root for them when we never get to see beyond the surface. This makes for little noticeable character development.
Yet I am hoping that season 2 will improve things now that the queen seems to be slowly coming into her own. But despite her lack of actual power, I need to see her as being able to accomplish something in order to stay interested. This whole season was about her realizing how little she has to say and how little she knows. Which is interesting but not a-whole-season-long-interesting. She seems to be trying to rectify her lack of knowledge but will she be able to do something meaningful with it?

I started watching this with very high expectations. Maybe that was the problem. The premise is great and I was hoping for something to fill the void left by Downton abbey. Unfortunately, for me, The Crown didn't deliver. This has nothing to do with the terrific acting but everything with the lack of any kind of speed, suspense and even substance. The political drama is barely touched since the queen has no power over it and the relationship drama is only shown by the exchange of subtle but significant looks. The attention to detail is to be admired but simply goes too far. These deeply repressed characters don't make it easy to root for them when we never get to see beyond the surface. This makes for little noticeable character development.
Yet I am hoping that season 2 will improve things now that the queen seems to be slowly coming into her own. But despite her lack of actual power, I need to see her as being able to accomplish something in order to stay interested. This whole season was about her realizing how little she has to say and how little she knows. Which is interesting but not a-whole-season-long-interesting. She seems to be trying to rectify her lack of knowledge but will she be able to do something meaningful with it?