Looks like the Roys are taking over for HBO’s Throne. HBO’s Succession took home the coveted prize of Best Drama at the 2020 Emmys. The darkly comic drama about the internal discord tearing a major media family apart edged out the likes of Better Call Saul, Killing Eve, Ozark, Stranger Things, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Mandalorian. Succession also takes the spot formerly held by long-time celebrated HBO show Game of Thrones.
Loosely based on the real-life stories of media mogul families like the Murdochs and Redstones, Succession tells the story of the fictional Roy clan. Lead by irascible patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox), the Roy family is essentially a group of bickering narcissists struggling to find emotional support from the very people they’re competing against for power. The series is a searing indictment of news media, the 1%, and the ruling class. Succession works in huge part thanks to its incredible writing, directing, and ensemble cast. In fact, the show won Best Direction, Best Writing, and Best Lead Drama Actor (for Jeremy Strong as Kendall Roy).
Accepting the award from London, series creator Jesse Armstrong gave an unconventional series of “un-thank yous” to the virus for keeping everyone in the show separate, to President Trump and Prime Minister Boris Johnson for their responses to the COVID-19, to Nationalists everyone, and the “media moguls” whom Armstrong said keep those groups in power.
Is Succession on Netflix? Sadly, if you want to catch up on the big winner of the night, you’ll need either an HBO or HBO Max subscription.
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