The Crown (November 4, 2016 – present)
Creator: Peter Morgan
Writer: Peter Morgan
Starring: Claire Foy, John Lithgow, Matt Smith
MPAA Rating: TV-MA
As a young Elizabeth becomes Queen, she must manage major political issues and personal matters, which often clash in ways she never imagined.
Season one begins with a 25-year-old Princess faced with the daunting prospect of leading the most famous monarchy in the world while forging a relationship with the domineering, war-hardened Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
IMDB Rating: 8.8 out of 10 stars!
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 91% Like it!
At this point I am almost through season one, stayed up all night and just kept clicking next. Certain shows do that to you, pull you in so deeply it doesn’t matter that the suns coming up or that you really need to pee despite having a pause button. You don’t want to break that magic.
The Crown has this magic. I can already feel the dread of completing season one without season two to jump straight into. The Crown is something akin to documentary/drama if you will. Watching how Queen Elizabeth takes control of those around her, and takes control of herself and her role as Queen, is widely fascinating. I am severely tempted to look into a book of some sorts about her life if there is one. The show is dramatic, it’s lively at times and all the while it is smart, and albeit emotional I was in tears at times.
I wasn’t initially a big fan of Matt Smith, but he is absolutely sublime as Philip (the queens husband). All of the actors do a magnificent job. I am eager for season two.