I once heard a statistic that the richest people in America make up 90 per cent of the country’s wealth. In fact, the three wealthiest have more money than the entire lower class put together. Those are shocking statistics, especially for a first world country. Still, there is something that draws us to TV shows about one-percenters acting like spoilt children. We take comfort in watching their dysfunctional dynasties crumble on television.
Succession is one such show. Watch Now >>
Watching the 10-part comedy-drama series, you can’t help but feel some sympathy for the devil(s). Even if you aren’t likely to attend any of their dinner parties or even wave to them on the street, you might find yourself somehow attached to the pitiful characters of the show.
Yes, everyone on Succession is a wolf in sheep’s clothing or a scoundrel or both. Worst of all, they’re all family members who are willing to do just about anything to find a seat on the throne.
With a touch of Game of Thrones, Shakespeare’s King Lear and Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, the show follows the immensely wealthy Roy family, who control the fifth-largest media/entertainment conglomerate in the world. Not unlike The Godfather‘s Don Corleone, at the centre of the dynasty is an ageing Logan Roy (Brian Cox), a tough, self-made market mover and demanding patriarch who is forced to consider retirement due to his mounting health issues. He seeks an heir. However, with four sly offspring who have their own selfish ambitions, it’s not so easy.
There is no Michael Corleone here. They’re all Fredos.
— Showmax (@ShowmaxOnline) August 12, 2018
While the ancient Chinese proverb might state that wealth never survives three generations, that won’t stop Logan’s loathsome children from getting their claws on his riches and power. Of course, betrayal, malice and vengeance ensue. The story takes us on the journey of their highs and lows, with a number of shocking twists added in for good measure.
Yes, Succession is great. In fact, it’s really great. It’s arguably one of the best shows on TV at the moment. From the skilful directing to the thrilling performances from the ensemble cast, everything here is A-grade. Expect a few Emmys come awards season time. At least for Kieran Culkin, who is masterful as the wholly sociopathic and amusing Roman Roy.
Of course, you can’t talk about Succession without mentioning Cousin Greg, easily one of the funniest and clumsiest characters on TV. He is the Jar Jar Binks of the family and provides a huge amount of laughs amidst the drama and anguish.