If you’re not watching Succession, where have you been?

It felt like Succession came out of nowhere last year and smashed everyone’s expectations. The bitingly funny HBO drama follows the dysfunctional Roy family, who control one of the biggest media and entertainment conglomerates in the world.

With patriarch Logan Roy ageing and ailing, his four adult children jockeyed for position throughout Season 1 but as Season 2 picks up, the Roys are struggling to retain control of their empire in a rapidly changing media landscape…

Here are four reasons to add Succession to your watchlist ASAP

1. That catchy theme song

Sometimes a show just screams quality from the first frame. In Succession’s case, it’s from the first note of Nicholas Britell’s main title theme music, which won the Emmy this year and has just been remixed by Pusha T. Britell, a former hedge fund manager.

2. Brilliant scriptwriting

If you’re looking for new ways to insult your nemesis, Jesse Armstrong’s script for Succession is priceless ammunition, a worthy successor to Veep. But while Armstrong’s barbed wit is peerless, Succession won the Drama Writing Emmy because it delivers so much more than laughs: it’s as much a corporate thriller and Shakespearean family tragedy as it is a black comedy.

Somehow, Armstrong manages to not just make you care what happens to awful people who are awfully rich, he manages to leave you feeling better about your own family and bank balance.

3. Holly Hunter just joined the cast

Oscar-winner Holly Hunter joins the Succession cast in Season 2 as Rhea Jarrell, the CEO of a rival media giant. Other new faces this season include 2019 Emmy winner Cherry Jones and Golden Globe nominee Danny Huston.

Not that the cast needed any bulking up:

  • Kieran Culkin was nominated for a 2019 Golden Globe as Logan’s youngest son Roman Roy;
  • Matthew Macfadyen was up for a Critics Choice Award as his brother-in-law-to-be Tom,
  • And the impressive cast already included Golden Globe nominee Brian Cox as Logan,
  • Screen Actors Guild nominee Jeremy Strong as Kendall,
  • Multi-award winners like Hiam Abbas and as the scene-stealing Cousin Greg.

4. Critics are obsessed

Earlier this year, Season 1 won Best International Series at the BAFTAs and TV Program of the Year at AFI, and earned five Emmy nominations, including Best Drama, winning two. Season 2 currently has a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus is, “Succession returns in darkly funny form, with sharp writing, exceptional performances, and a surprising new level of sympathy for some of television's least likeable characters.”

What are you waiting for? Binge-watch Season 2 of HBO’s Succession on Showmax.




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