Why Critics hail HBO drama’s ‘exhilarating’ Succession return

Brian Cox plays family patriarch Logan Roy in the HBO drama

Brian Cox plays family patriarch Logan Roy in the HBO drama fault-finders have praised the return of HBO’s hit drama elevation, the third season of which first featured in the US on Sunday.

The Telegraph’s Anita Singh gave five stars to the series’s “bitingly funny” first episode, saying “every line of dialogue is a gem”.

Carol Midgley while Writing in The Times, said fans had a “glorious feast” in store that “succeeds on every level”.

The series, which airs on Sky Atlantic and Now in the UK from Monday, follows a abnormal media lineage.

Its story rest on ageing patriarch Logan Roy, acted by Scottish actor Brian Cox, and which of his four children will in the end be named his successor.

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founded by Peep Show’s Jesse Armstrong, Succession was named best drama series at last year’s Emmys – one of seven awards it collected on the night.

The show is noteworthy for its spiky, expletive-filled discussion and its warring cast of roles, which more than one critic has compared to the Murdochs.

The second season two years ago, came to a dramatic climax that saw Jeremy Strong’s Kendall Roy unexpectedly turn the tables on his father.

Jeremy Strong (center) plays Kendall, one of Logan’s four children

In her five-star evaluation, made available online earlier this month, The Guardian’s Lucy Mangan hailed the show’s “fast-moving, exhilarating return”.

“There is no shortage of the corporate maneuverings, jockeying for position, eyes on chances and arches being covered that we have come to expect of America’s most monstrous family company,” she went on.

The Independent’s Philippa Snow agreed, describing the episode as

“uproariously funny, painful and delightful”.

“After a terrible year, full of struggle and calamity and sickness, it is somehow still a pleasure to spend time with some of the worst and most narcissistic people ever written,” she added.

“Success hasn’t spoiled Succession,”

declared CNN’s Brian Lowry, who said the programme had returned fully

“with all its Shakespearean and Murdochian overtones intact”.

Entertainment Weekly’s Kristen Baldwin concurred, saying the “kinetic and affecting” third season – held up a year by the corona virus epidemic – “doesn’t disappoint”.

Broadcaster Caroline Frost joined the chorus of acceptance on Radio 4 earlier, telling Today programmed listeners that the third season was as “excellent” as its forerunner.

“I think anybody who comes to this series will find it equally satisfying,”

she said further, going on to praise the drama’s “intimate viciousness”.


Sarah Snook plays Shiv, the show’s primary female character

TV critic Boyd Hilton ascribed much of the show’s accomplishment to its “brilliantly written dialogue”.

“All the characters talk in this incredibly funny, entertaining way,” he told Today. “It’s spectacularly entertaining just to watch them.”

Not every observer was in accord however, with one reviewer recommending the show now had

“constricted ambitions” and felt “snappily familiar”.

“Maybe it’s churlish to complain about a series that’s still consistently better written and more refreshingly caustic than anything else on TV,” wrote The Atlantic’s Sophie Gilbert.

“But for me, Season 3 reveals some were in a concept that once felt rousingly original.”


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