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'Succession' Season 3 Premiere - The Reviews Are In!

'Succession' Season 3 Premiere - The Reviews Are In!

Succession returned to some huge, series-high numbers in the past week, and viewers and critics alike are now weighing in about the premiere.

Adrien Brody and Alexander Skarsgard star in Season 3: Adrien is billionaire activist investor Josh Aaronson, while Alexander stars as Lukas Matsson, a successful, confrontational tech founder and CEO.

In Season 3, the Roy family picks sides in the showdown between Kendall (Jeremy Strong) and his father Logan (Brian Cox).

Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, Alan Ruck, Nicholas Braun, Matthew Macfadyen, Peter Friedman, and more also star in the HBO series.

Find out why season 3 will not be directly addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s what critics are saying about the Season 3 premiere…

The show currently has a 96% Fresh rating on RottenTomatoes among critics, and an 88% rating among the audience.

The Daily Telegraph gave it 5 out of 5 stars, writing: “I still marvel at how Jesse Armstrong, the writer who perfectly captured the lives of two losers in a Croydon flat in Peep Show, has also created this show, set in the rarefied world of billionaires, and made it seem equally authentic.”

THR wrote: “When they’re throwing the most lavish and unbearable parties imaginable, Succession clicks. But every second we’re talking directly about politics is a second we aren’t making fun of Kendall for forgetting about his children.”

Entertainment Weekly gave it a B+, writing: “The idea that Kendall, Shiv, Roman, and Connor are just damaged kids play-acting at adulthood is even more prominent this season, as the four siblings try to haggle, argue, and dissemble their way to common ground.”

Salon wrote “Succession spreads the dark hilarity equally among the Roys, although it takes about two episodes for the show to regain the equilibrium that makes it the most hilarious drama on TV.”

Rolling Stone gave it 4 out of 5 stars, writing: “Again and again, Armstrong and his collaborators keep things fresh by reminding us that spinelessness is the defining characteristic for so many of its regulars.”

Washington Post said: “Season 3 often feels like a clenched fist: There’s a compressed, almost uncomfortably tight focus on the aftermath of Kendall’s mutiny, and it keeps punching its characters hard.”

AV Club noted: “What is a bit concerning, though: Does Succession seem a little too self-aware of the champing-at-the-bit hype in which this series is now ensconced?”

The Alantic wrote: “Maybe it’s churlish to complain about a series that’s still consistently better written and more refreshingly caustic than anything else on TV. But for me, Season Three reveals some wear in a concept that once felt rousingly original.”

The Boston Globe wrote: “I found myself laughing more than ever at creator Jesse Armstrong‘s super-wealthy drama queens and opportunists. The Veep vibe is stronger and sharper, with characters gnarling out insults that seem to turn common obscenities into metrical poetry.”

Find out more about how the season premiere did in the ratings!

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