8.5
1,655 votes
Succession

Succession

HBO 2018

The lives of the Roy family as they contemplate their future once their aging father begins to step back from the media and entertainment conglomerate they control.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Succession

Succession - S1E2

#1 - Sh*t Show at the F**k Factory

7.39

Season 1 - Episode 2

Logan's incapacitation sets off a heated succession debate among his children, as the Board rushes to inform the media about leadership contingencies before the stock market opens. Greg is tasked to retrieve some important items from the Roy apartment. Kendall makes an impassioned final plea to keep Waystar/Royco in the family, and receives some sobering news.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Succession from 1253 votes.

Succession - S1E1

#2 - Celebration

7.43

Season 1 - Episode 1

On his 80th birthday, media magnate Logan Roy, whose imminent retirement was thought to be a given, shocks his family by announcing he's staying on indefinitely as CEO of Waystar/Royco. The news shatters his son Kendall, the heir apparent who's in the midst of negotiating the purchase of a digital-media venture founded by a slick operator named Lawrence.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Succession from 1531 votes.

Succession - S1E3

#3 - Lifeboats

7.45

Season 1 - Episode 3

With Waystar's stock plunging to dangerous lows, Kendall is confronted with a major crisis involving a secret bank debt. Upset with Marcia for pulling rank in the Roy apartment, Shiv decides to enlist an old paramour to conduct a background check on Logan's third wife. Kendall and Roman attend their first big meeting in their new roles, as do Tom and Greg.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Succession from 1144 votes.

Succession - S1E4

#4 - Sad Sack Wasp Trap

7.55

Season 1 - Episode 4

With the company’s annual foundation gala fundraiser approaching, and his dad out of the picture, Kendall polishes up his speech while enlisting an on-air personality from the Waystar’s ATV Networks to accompany him. Shiv tries to minimize damage from a sordid photo that threatens a client's political future. Tom inherits a “virus” from his predecessor.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Succession from 1054 votes.

Succession - S1E5

#5 - I Went to Market

7.64

Season 1 - Episode 5

After hearing Logan’s plan to expand in to local TV, Kendall begins to plot a vote of no confidence against his father. Greg drives his ornery grandfather Ewan from Canada to New York for a Thanksgiving reunion with Logan. Tom grows increasingly concerned about the terms of his prenuptial agreement with Shiv, and recruits Greg for a clandestine task.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Succession from 1025 votes.

Succession - S1E8
#6 - Prague
7.65
Season 1 - Episode 8

Tom has a bachelor’s party to remember. Kendall eyes a new business opportunity with a pair of idealistic entrepreneurs. Roman looks to land a deal for local TV stations with his father’s longtime nemesis. Logan tasks Greg to act as Kendall’s babysitter during Tom’s party. Shiv and Gil get ambushed during a TV interview on a Waystar network.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Succession from 967 votes.

Succession - S1E7
#7 - Austerlitz
7.71
Season 1 - Episode 7

In an effort to fix his public image, Logan agrees to a family therapy session at Connor’s New Mexico ranch that Logan intends to double as a publicity stunt. While lying low, Kendall spends some time with the locals and finds his sobriety tested. Shiv considers putting herself in a precarious situation when Nate pushes her to join a potential presidential candidate’s team.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Succession from 1003 votes.

Succession - S1E9
#8 - Pre-Nuptial
7.80
Season 1 - Episode 9

The Roys assemble at an English castle to prepare for Shiv and Tom’s wedding. The children reunite with their mother Caroline, who is every bit as acerbic as Logan. As guests mingle and clash, Kendall learns from Stewy and Sandy that their plot for a hostile takeover of Waystar has been fast-tracked in order to catch Logan off guard.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Succession from 949 votes.

Succession - S2E7
#9 - Return
7.81
Season 2 - Episode 7

A trip to the UK finds the Roy kids negotiating with their mother. Logan turns to Rhea for advice. Greg and Tom get spooked by an internal investigation.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Succession from 715 votes.

Succession - S2E1
#10 - The Summer Palace
7.84
Season 2 - Episode 1

Still addled from the events in England, Kendall tries to make amends with his dad for his takeover attempt betrayal. Logan receives some unvarnished advice from his financial banker about the next best move for Waystar Royco. As Tom maneuvers for a new position in the company, Shiv tries to determine whether Logan is playing mind games regarding his successor.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Succession from 810 votes.

Last updated: may 05, 2021

Comments

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I was close to stop watching the show after the first three episodes. Everyone seemed to be a self-absorbed rich asshole, the show itself seemed to be going nowhere. But I'm so glad I didn't stop watching. Episode five was the first one where I thought "Oh, maybe it isn't so bad after all." It only improved afterwards. With all the schemes, backstabbing, and generally horrible people it's basically Game of Thrones set in 2018 New York. Succession is probably the best show on TV at the moment. I can't wait for season two.

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This looks like it's going to be Rich People Shameless. I'll watch because of Adam McKay but it does look like it might end up being derivative. P.S. This opinion is only based off the first episode.

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When the show first started, I gave up after 3 episodes because I didn't get the appeal. But I decided to give it another shot, so recently I went back and by the end of the first season, I was hooked. The second season was even better. An absolutely masterful look at power dynamics within one of the best ensemble casts I've seen in a while. The dialogue is just so brilliantly written, each character is so fascinating in their own way that it's always great to see them bounce off each other. I can't wait for Season 3

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Midway through season 2 and the quality of this show can never be overemphasised. I’m usually gracious with these silly ratings, but when a show is this good I suddenly over critique and make sure it “earns” its score. But that’s because this show makes you feel uncomfortable. Especially Season 1, where you don’t know who’s who or what their agenda is, you can’t pinpoint who you like or who’s the John Snow and watch it play out as expected. Everything is just so well executed from the brilliant acting to the technical stuff with the annoying focus shifts.. all make it difficult not to be fully engrossed with the story. Tom has to be one of the weirdest characters though. One minute you want to punch him, but then he’s hilarious in the next. Turning out to be the Phil Dunphy fan favourite.

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I just love it. It's so intense it almost feels perfect. I love characters and how they are portrayed. I even love the little odd moments from the more quirk characters. I haven't seen this quality in a while.

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Terrific show. Plenty of talent working as a unit, I love an ensemble cast focusing on telling a story, weaving their characters mini-dramas into the larger tapestry.

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So far watched the first 3 shows - very good. Will definitely see this one till the end. F-bombs a little over the top however (I'm NOT an anti-swear person), but just because you can, doesn't mean you HAVE to. Same with the stupid scene with Caulkin and the window... seriously? That's "entertainment"????

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This show is 100% incredible. Its ability to make you give a crap about the problems of these revolting human beings is truly astounding. The humour is on point, the drama is heart-wrenching, the performances are all award-worthy, the script is very witty, very smartly written. What are you doing if not watching this.

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Every character is a dick but you can’t turn away. Good show. But so damn sloooow. I kept wishing this was on my tivo so I can use quick mode. Also not a racially diverse show.

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Literally no one in this show is likeable yet you can't fucking get enough of it.

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