The Crown

2016 (TV-MA)

This drama follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.

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Olivia Colman — things you didn't know about the 'The Crown' star

Olivia Colman made her acting breakthrough in the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show, before going on to appear in hit TV series such as That Mitchell and Webb Look, Rev., Flebag, Twenty Twelve, The Iron Lady and Accused to name but a few.  She won high praise for her role as DS Ellie Miller in Broadchurch, and has been awarded Golden Globes for her roles in The Night Manager and for her portrayal of...

The 12 best TV needle drops of 2020

This list is exclusively the 12 best TV needle drops of 2020. If you're looking for our Critic Top 10s, you can find them here.  In 2017, the Emmys finally added a Music Supervision category reflecting the importance of the tracks picked to accompany the story unfolding on screen. The right artist can elevate emotion, the wrong can take you out of the action.  Below are 12 songs (li...

'The Crown's Princess Diana AIDS awareness plot misses an important factor

This post contains spoilers for The Crown. When covering an eventful decade, how does a writer decide what to include and leave out? Ten episodes of The Crown is barely enough screen time to address the quick to fade fairy tale union of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. Beginning in 1979, Peter Morgan’s fourth season is a veritable pick and mix selection of the public and personal. Dia...

'The Crown' and the fact vs fiction debate

This post contains mild spoilers for The Crown.  The Crown is far from the first historical drama to take creative license with the events it portrays — after all, this is not a documentary — and previous seasons have not been met with the same outcry as the recently released 1980s-set fourth outing. Portraying the intimate lives of the British monarchy, creator Peter Morgan has...

'The Crown' and the problem with fictionalizing Margaret Thatcher

The fourth season of Netflix’s The Crown may be the most anticipated in the history of the royal drama’s run. Peter Morgan’s serious-soapy glimpse into the reign of Queen Elizabeth II from beginning to not-quite-the-end has been a constant source of audience attention and awards recognition for the streaming service since it premiered. The show offers a veritable murderer ...

The Crown: Were the Queen's cousins really locked up in an asylum and registered as dead?

The critically-acclaimed fourth series of The Crown tells the tale of Nerissa and Katherine Bowes-Lyon, the Queen's cousins who were packed off to the Royal Earlswood Institution for Mental Defectives in Redhill, Surrey, after being born with severe learning disabilities. Princess Margaret learns of how they have spent their whole lives in the institute and were even declared dead by the roya...

The official trailer for 'The Crown' Season 4 shows a British storm brewing

We always knew Season 4 of The Crown would see three extremely strong women butting heads. And with the full official trailer for the next installment, we get our first look at exactly that, with Olivia Coleman as Queen Elizabeth, Gillian Anderson as new Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and Emma Corrin as young Lady Diana Spencer. MORE: Go inside how Season 4 of The Crown was made Here's the...

'The Crown': How the fourth season of the Netflix show was made

The Crown will be returning to Netflix for a fourth season on Nov. 15, 2020. And with the award-winning regal saga set to move into the 1980s, we couldn't be more excited.  The arrival of Lady Diana Spencer — the future Princess of Wales — is set to be one of the highlights, and newcomer Emma Corrin will be be making her debut as the iconic royal. Fans of palace intrigue wi...

Another teaser for Season 4 of The Crown grows even more ominous

This won't end well. But that's also what makes it so compelling. When you know that heartbreak and death await not just a family, not just a nation — but the entire world — how do you approach Season 4 of The Crown on Netflix? With the traditional sense of British stoicism, perhaps.  And this may well be the most important season yet of The Crown, the dramat...

Season 4 of 'The Crown' will drop on Nov. 15

The Crown on Netflix just gave us our first teaser for Season 4 — and our first look at Emma Corrin as Diana Spencer. And, yes, a release date of Nov. 15. "Something as important as the monarchy cannot be allowed to fail," we hear Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) say. We then turn to quick cuts of Diana, as the crowds (and the flashbulbs) grow larger and lager, and the backgro...

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