The Crown Season 1 Review: The Early Days Of Elizabeth II’s Reign

A brand spanking new Netflix original is always one to keep an eye out for. As time goes on, Netflix’s original content is increasing its reputation for producing quality television shows and films you can’t get anywhere else. The Crown is one of Netflix’s latest projects. The biographical drama provides a fascinating insight into the world of Queen Elizabeth II and the circumstances that surrounded her ascendance to the throne in the late 1940s.

Similar to Stranger Things (another Netflix original television show), both 2016 series have climbed the ranks and are nominated for various awards this season such as the prestigious Golden Globes.

The Crown balances both the majestic side of royalty and the domestic side of everyday life. Perhaps a tad slow to some at points of the narrative, it was a relief to watch a story (especially such a known one) that wasn’t rushed because of a confining two-hour time slot.

Focusing on the rich royal history of the 20th century and post-war Britain, The Crown is respectively written and acted in a charming and realistic way. Although stories taken from real-life tend to raise questions of its legitimacy, it’s easy to get lost in The Crown’s world and sit there with curiosity at the backstory behind our current Monarch.

Relationships play a huge part in driving the show’s story-line. A part from obvious royal duties and historical events that helped drive the show’s narrative, Elizabeth’s relationship with her husband Prince Philip and her sister Princess Margaret was where the heart of the show lied. Ultimately, The Crown is about the contrast between the crown (the professional) and family (the personal) and the reality of attempting to balance it.

The attention to detail is impeccable, featuring beautiful costumes and lavish environments. Historical accuracy is a must for a successful period drama especially when it’s characters are based on people that still live today or have lived in the same generation.

With multiple seasons already on the way, this ten-episode series is worthy of a binge watch. Unlike some, The Crown doesn’t scrap around the edges, providing top-notch quality television.

5/5