HBO’s ‘Succession’ Is the Best Show on TV

IndieWire | 10/15/2019 | Staff
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It had a good run, but as of October 13, the 2019 TV year is over.

Maybe it’s not technically over, but it might as well be, given that HBO’s palace intrigue drama-****-comedy “Succession” not only dropped the mic with its Season 2 finale “This Is Not For Tears” on Sunday, but it also exited the building, caught a red-eye to the coast, and is three margaritas into its vacation, thank you very much.

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As we bid the series a fond farewell for the foreseeable future, with a third season of the show ordered but not yet in production, it feels like the perfect time to evaluate how, exactly, “Succession” came to be the best show on television (according to me). There has been much handwringing over what HBO would replace “Game of Thrones” with; as it turns out, they’ve had the perfect show all along.

While the first season of “Succession” of the pitch black comedy was a slow-burn of an introduction to the Logan Roy family, Season 2 reached new heights built atop the rock solid storytelling foundation so carefully laid in each episode by creator Jesse Armstrong and company.

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The cast, anchored by a towering performance from Brian Cox as family patriarch, is a murderer’s row of talent you wish you’d taken notice of sooner, including Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, and Matthew MacFadyen, among others, and also took a step-up in the second season, adding Cherry Jones and Holly Hunter to its recurring ranks.

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But none of that is why “Succession” has tapped into the zeitgeist in a way that couldn’t have been predicted when it arrived on the scene.

When it debuted in June 2018, it was unclear how the series could possibly entertain an audience already...
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