the crown season 4 review full

The Crown season 4 might be the most interesting season of the Netflix show yet, for one key reason: it seems determined to make us dislike, even downright loathe, every member of the House of Windsor, from Queen Elizabeth on down. Previous seasons of the ornate monarchy melodrama were not without judgment or criticisms for its main cast of flawed characters, but in season 4, Elizabeth II and family descend to their lowest point as the royals sets about destroying their newest member, Diana Spencer. It makes for a bleak, but fascinating, season of television.

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The Series: The Crown

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: A dramatic series that chronicles the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II, with each season covering roughly a decade of her life and the entire cast being replaced with different actors every two seasons to mark the passage of time. It’s all very glossy, very expensive, and so much more enthralling than it may sound.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: If your eyes glazed over a bit reading that The Crown is a glossy costume drama about English royals…look, I don’t blame you. I was hesitant to dive into this series at first, despite the talent in front of the camera and behind it, expecting some kind of awards bait without much bite or meat. And I judged a book by its cover like a moron. Because The Crown may appear to be a stuffy TV show about monarchy, but it’s actually as vital and alive as any prestige TV show being made today. It’s addictive and powerful in equal measure, finding avenues in which to explore these potentially stodgy historical figures in ways that resonate down to the bone.

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the crown season 4 trailer

Heavy is the head that wears the crown, but heavier is the wig that Gillian Anderson wears to play the Iron Lady herself, Margaret Thatcher. Britain’s first female prime minister makes her debut in The Crown season 4, immediately crossing (proverbial) swords with Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and making enemies left and right. But the royal family have even more things to worry about, with the arrival of Princess Diana, played by Emma Corrin. Watch The Crown season 4 trailer below.

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Dominic West is heading from one Affair to another. Netflix’s The Crown has tapped The Affair actor to play Prince Charles in seasons 5 and 6, covering the period of the 1990s and early 2000s when the crown prince split from Diana and embarked on an affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles.

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the crown season 4 trailer

Netflix’s The Crown is back, and it’s the stuff “of which fairytales are made.” Until the “happily ever after” part is over, of course. The royal drama returns for its highly anticipated fourth season, which introduces two titans in British history: the divisive first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, played by a steely Gillian Anderson, and the beloved Princess Diana, played by newcomer Emma Corrin. Watch The Crown season 4 trailer below.

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Making of Roma

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, director Alfonso Cuarón break down a pivotal sequence in Roma for the American Film Institute. Plus, Adam Savage meticulously builds Hellboy‘s big beefy gun the Good Samaritan. And finally, the cast of The Crown teaches you some royal slang that our American minds probably don’t know. Read More »

the crown first look

The Crown season 4 is getting a few steely new additions to its cast. In the fourth season of Netflix’s royal drama, Gillian Anderson makes her debut as the Iron Lady herself, Margaret Thatcher, while newcomer Emma Corrin steps out as the beloved Princess Diana. See The Crown season 4 first look images below.

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Sonic the Hedgehog Previsualization

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch early previsualization animation from Sonic the Hedgehog before the character was given a drastic makeover. Plus, watch as stuntmen react to action sequences from Kill Bill Vol. 1, Taken 3, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and more. Finally, watch a roundtable discussion with this year’s buzzed about dramatic TV actors like Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Patrick Stewart, Bob Odenkirk and others. Read More »

the crown season 4 teaser

The Crown season 4 is coming back this November with Margaret Thatcher’s wig and Princess Diana’s wedding dress. Netflix has released the teaser for the fourth season of its hit royal drama The Crown, which will feature Olivia Colman‘s last appearance as Queen Elizabeth before she hands the throne to Imelda Staunton, who will play the role for the last two seasons of the series. But before Colman abdicates, she will be meeting Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher and newcomer Emma Corrin as Lady Diana Spencer, both of whom are seen briefly in the new The Crown season 4 teaser.

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The Crown is back to wrapping up the royal drama with six seasons. However, fans will have to wait a little longer to see the final two seasons of the series since production won’t begin until next year, giving fans a two-year break as the series flashes forward in time and lines up a new cast.

Since The Crown has been chronicling the stories of the royal family starting back in 1947, we’ve watched as the likes of Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret, Prince Phillip, and more have aged over the decades. The fourth season will be entering the more contemporary era of their bloodline, where we’ll finally meet Princess Diana played by Emma Corrin. But when the final two seasons come around, Princess Diana will be played by the towering beauty Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, Widows, Tenet). Read More »