Remember when the craziest thing on television was I Love Lucy? And then Norman Lear came along and made All in the Family and The Jeffersons, and for the first time, Americans saw who they really were represented on TV? And then Dick Wolf showed us how big our television universe could be with Law & Order? Television has evolved so quickly over the last seven decades that it’s actually incredible our collective palette has evolved with it. Shows have gotten more real and raw, from increasingly salacious hospital rooms to the boom of the mockumentary format. And then there’s HBO.
Since The Larry Sanders Show, HBO has been creating television that’s almost too real, interested in telling stories so gritty that they literally can’t be aired on network TV. And if awards season is anything to measure by, that’s the kind of television that people want to watch. So it’s no surprise that after almost thirty years in the television game, with hits like The Sopranos, Sex and the City, and The Wire under its belt, HBO produced another smashing success with Succession in 2018.
One of a billion pieces of satire born from the Trump era, Succession is the one with the most finesse, the most recognition, and the biggest budget. Since we all started obsessing over the Roy family’s inner workings, the show has garnered both critical and cultural acclaim. Succession’s heart is in its characters, all of whom are fully formed and none of whom are particularly likeable. But that’s where the magic lies: how can a show about awful people make a viewer care about them? I say it's Adam McKay’s secret comedy sauce, but most say it's the writing in general. And the glorious and perverted acting skills of the main cast.
We could go on and on about how much we love Succession (and why we’re so excited about the long-awaited season three premiere on Sunday), but there simply isn’t enough time to do it here in this blog post. That’s why you can listen to the latest episode of the podcast, where we do break down our favorite moments of the show via this week’s question: Which Succession character is the best Succession character? And after you hear our arguments, you get to decide for yourself which horrible human will win the title of “best.” And, as always, “best” is subjective. Whatever it means to you. If you’re having a tough time, just remember these wise words from Cousin Greg: “If it wish to be said, so it be, so it is.” We think you get it, and We Here For You.
Link to vote is right here, slime puppies.
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