7.6
620 votes
Catch-22

Catch-22

Hulu 2019

Based on the acclaimed Joseph Heller novel, Catch-22 follows the adventures and misadventures of a US air squadron in Italy in World War II. Yossarian, a bombardier, whose frantic obsession every time he goes up on a mission is “to come down alive”. His odds of success at such a simple aim keep getting worse because Colonel Cathcart keeps raising the number of missions the men have to fly. More than the retreating Germans, the real enemy for Yossarian and his rag-tag bunch of friends is the bureaucracy of the military, inverting logic at every turn. The pinnacle of this is Catch-22, a military by-law which states that if you fly your missions, you’re crazy, and don’t have to fly them; all you have to do is ask. But if you ask not to, then you’re sane, and so you have to fly them.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Catch-22

Catch-22 - S1E6

#1 - Episode 6

7.84

Season 1 - Episode 6

Alive and intact, Yossarian is thwarted by an old adversary. Confronted by a devastating loss, he undergoes a transformation.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Catch-22 from 528 votes.

Catch-22 - S1E4

#2 - Episode 4

7.73

Season 1 - Episode 4

On a surreal trip, Yossarian begins to realize the magnitude and influence of Milo’s business empire.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Catch-22 from 539 votes.

Catch-22 - S1E3

#3 - Episode 3

7.72

Season 1 - Episode 3

Yossarian needlessly expends energy to avoid a feared mission; disaster catches up with him, when he least expects it.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Catch-22 from 543 votes.

Catch-22 - S1E5

#4 - Episode 5

7.70

Season 1 - Episode 5

Reeling from one violent tragedy, Yossarian encounters incomprehensible darkness in Rome, and is faced with an impossible choice.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Catch-22 from 519 votes.

Catch-22 - S1E2

#5 - Episode 2

7.51

Season 1 - Episode 2

Yossarian pursues desperate measures to get home, while Milo sees war as a growth industry.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Catch-22 from 617 votes.

Catch-22 - S1E1

#6 - Episode 1

7.47

Season 1 - Episode 1

Young American flyers arrive in war and discover that the bureaucracy is more deadly than the enemy.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Catch-22 from 799 votes.

Last updated: jan 11, 2021

Comments

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I thoroughly enjoyed this show. It starts off comedic but gets more chilling after the first couple of episodes. I think even then it was comedic, just not the type of comedy that makes one laugh.

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I have mixed feelings about this show. I cannot say if this is a comedy or a drama or what. Is quite strange. I like it, but is not something I would recommend to watch to most people.

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Unexpectedly interesting, funny and desperate miniseries. Ghe ine thing I loved it most was the movie. Good choice.

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Took a while to get into it but thoroughly enjoyed it. Classic anti-war film.

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A (very) dark/black comedy about war and the deterministic and powerless situations soldiers can find themselves in, doing (arguably) useless things. Even as a viewer your hopes for a win will get thwarted every time. Even though this all does not sound like good entertainment, it somehow proofs to be the opposite. To find the humor in the world this mini-series creates, proofs the acting and writing skills involved with this show are not just average, nor an afterthought. It (at least) tries to depict a (semi-)realistic world, and does not venture into intentional offensive comedy just for a shock effect. I would not recommend to everyone, but it is definitely worth the watch if you are ok with a less than regular style of comedy and can enjoy or dealt with a (largely) lack of positivity in a story.

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I quite enjoyed the absurdity

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I was curious about some of the actors in this mini series, so of course I'm off to IMDB where I found that this was based off of a award winning anti war book and that this wasn't the first adaption of that book. They made a movie in 1970 which, at first look, looks more of a comedy. I added to my watch list just to compare. I also found it interesting that Clooney's former father in law played a major role in the first adaption. Coincidence he produced this mini series, I think not.

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lol...it's mocking something, someone...

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