IMDb rating: 8.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 91%Watch full episodes now
This series from HBO is about filthy rich media tycoon Logan Roy (Brian Cox), one of the most influential and probably one of the most terrifying people in the world, and his family, who are all trying to get their cut of Waystar Royco’s profits and power when Logan’s health issues force him to take a step back.
Between his four children, his bumbling great-nephew, his loyal but controlling third wife, his long-time friend who’s the company COO, and his daughter’s slimy fiance, everybody wants a piece of the business, but Logan’s not giving anything up without a fight.
Season 1 of Succession was described by the Guardian as “King Lear … updated for 2018, with the monarchy exchanged for a media empire, and Shakespearean soliloquies replaced with f-bombs”.
Season 2 of Succession is currently #3 on Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the Best TV Shows of 2019 So Far behind only Fleabag and Barry. As the new season picks up, the Roys are struggling to retain control of their empire in a rapidly changing media landscape…
Oscar winner Holly Hunter (The Piano) joins the cast in Season 2 as Rhea Jarrell, the CEO of a rival media giant. Other new faces this season include 2019 Emmy winner Cherry Jones (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Golden Globe nominee Danny Huston (Wolverine).
There’s been no shortage of superlatives used to describe Season 2 of the show:
- The New Statesman: “Just about the best thing I’ve ever seen on television”
- The Globe and Mail: “the kind of masterpiece no movie can match”
- The UK’s Sunday Times: “Exceptional. Nothing succeeds like this drama”
- The Guardian: “As ruthless and flawless as ever”
- The Hollywood Reporter: “The Emmys did recognise Succession but not nearly enough… This series is doing something special and the rich rewards will be coming.”