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I never paid much attention to this Netflix series that has covered all of Queen Elizabeth II's reign. But tonight, having come up empty on any new episodes of our favorite murder mysteries, I flipped over to Netflix and started watching The Crown.

The entire series seems to focus on the duty of The Sovereign to be the embodiment of the kingdom, and in doing so reneging all of the modern values of "do your own thing". It's the best argument for Burkean conservatism one can find, perhaps.

Extremely well done, even including some cool flying scenes in an old British biplane trainer; extremely high production values; great acting; and supposedly inside views of history in the making.

Looking forward to binging it all.


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Yes, that is a very excellent series.







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We've enjoyed it as well.




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Count me “in” as another fan of this one. Looking forward to a next season.



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Definitely worth a watch. Well-written and well-acted. A cool glimpse behind the scenes of a number of historical events.
 
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Another good spin on this and Charles as King is the mini-series To Play the King with Sir Ian Richardson as the Machiavellian Prime Minister Francis Urquhart up against a thinly veiled "Charles" character played by Michael Kitchen (Foyle's War).

This is the second of a group of three mini-series featuring the Urquhart character - the first being House of Cards on which the same name US Kevin Spacey series is loosely based.


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Season-1 definitely impresses upon the viewer that being a monarch isn't just about the privileges and people accommodating your every wish but, about duty, responsibility and expectations. The expectations part is what most people don't understand and this show (at least the 1st season) definitely emphasis what being a peer is and the pressures of being apart of and bing within the orbit of, the royal family. The segments surrounding the abdication of Edward VIII slams this home pretty hard, take note Meghan.
 
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It is an excellent series, one I enjoyed very much.
The actors, sets, cinemaphotography, impressed me.

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A very well done and enjoyable series. I'm hoping that the death of the Queen will hasten the latest season, that's been too long anticipated and delayed.


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My wife watched the series and pronounced it excellent. This morning she said she thought she’d watch it again. I guess I’ll watch it for the first time.


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I’ve seen this many times and passed thinking it wasn’t in my wheelhouse. Based on the comments in this thread, and current events, the wife and I decided to give it a go. It’s good, very well done, and we enjoy it.
 
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Opened it up this evening and am in episode 5 of Season 1 already. This, as others have said here, is very well done and captivating.



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I'm hoping that the death of the Queen will hasten the latest season, that's been too long anticipated and delayed.

That series is getting into much more modern times by the end of the last season. Now they likely will be able to continue into Charles' reign.

My wife thought they might have delayed based on the Queen's declining health.
 
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I don't really know how accurate it was historically, other than seeming to be generally accurate. There are many personal and family things they probably couldn't know, but that is fine. It is an entertainment, not a documentary.

And yes, it is very well done. A first rate series.




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Originally posted by pulicords:
I'm hoping that the death of the Queen will hasten the latest season, that's been too long anticipated and delayed.

That series is getting into much more modern times by the end of the last season. Now they likely will be able to continue into Charles' reign.

My wife thought they might have delayed based on the Queen's declining health.


IIRC the end of the last season was when Diana came into the picture, so I'm sure there's plenty of subject matter for a full season just with the Diana 'era'.




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IIRC the end of the last season was when Diana came into the picture, so I'm sure there's plenty of subject matter for a full season just with the Diana 'era'.


I didn't care for that season. The acting was top notch, of course. The writing felt vindictive towards the crown and royal family. It just didn't feel as well put together and unbiased as the previous seasons.

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I'm hoping that the death of the Queen will hasten the latest season, that's been too long anticipated and delayed.

That series is getting into much more modern times by the end of the last season. Now they likely will be able to continue into Charles' reign.

My wife thought they might have delayed based on the Queen's declining health.


IIRC the end of the last season was when Diana came into the picture, so I'm sure there's plenty of subject matter for a full season just with the Diana 'era'.


I was unaware of the intruder that made it into the Queen's bedroom and carried on a conversation with her. Amazing failure of what should have been "World Class" security!


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I've watch all of the seasons and was very entertained while learning a bit about how the British government works. Especially the early years when she was learning the ropes on the fly, and her relationship with Chruchill. I initially thought it would be "stuffy" but it was everything but that. No shoot-em up stuff and mostly dialog, but I found it must see.



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I was unaware of the intruder that made it into the Queen's bedroom and carried on a conversation with her. Amazing failure of what should have been "World Class" security!


I think it points out a degree of complacency that is, while not excusable, but somewhat understandable. I don't know that anyone had tried to sneak into the palace, and I am sure that they all assumed it was simply not possible. Given the "troubles" (with Northern Ireland) this seems especially foolish, but . . .




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We're getting near the end of Season 2. The episodes with Margaret are pretty soap-opera-ish (you finally get to see the sex and nudity, and not just with horses). But my wife, who usually is not inclined to binge-watching, never wants to stop until it's almost midnight.

I've tried looking up the historical accuracy of The Crown. It's clearly fiction, but many of the specific episodes (Windsor and the Nazis, Lord Altrincham, the various love affairs of Armstrong-Jones, for example) see to be slightly fictionalized but real events. In every such episode it seems that one can see sympathy toward both sides, with sympathies quite nuanced.

I still think it's remarkably well-done.


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