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The Crown

The Crown

  • Premiered: 
    November 4, 2016
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  • Network: Netflix
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the play (The Audience) 
  • Subject Matter: Historical
  • Tags: royalty

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Plot Synopsis

Based on the award-winning play "The Audience," THE CROWN tells the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II's early reign, revealing the personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. Revealing the inner workings of two of the most famous addresses in the world -- Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street -- each season of THE CROWN focuses on a decade of Queen Elizabeth II's reign, exploring the delicate balance between her private world and public life. Season 1 begins with a 25-year-old Princess faced with the daunting prospect of leading the most famous monarchy in the world while forging a relationship with the domineering, war-hardened Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Netflix released the 10-episode first season of THE CROWN on Friday, November 4, 2016 at 3:01am ET/12:01am PT.

Netflix released the entire 10-episode second season of THE CROWN on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 3:01am ET/12:01am PT. As a new era begins, Queen Elizabeth struggles to navigate a world that's changing around her while preserving both the monarchy and her marriage. Season 2 opens with Philip leaving for a long tour, allowing Elizabeth to make an upsetting discovery. Prime Minister Eden wants to strike back after Egypt seizes the Suez Canal. Later, Elizabeth feels disconnected from Philip. Eden copes with international pressure and ill health. An interview stirs up harrowing memories for Philip.

THE CROWN returned for its third season on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 3:01am ET/12:01am PT, as Netflix released the entire 10-episode new season. As Queen Elizabeth II faces a rapidly changing Britain, her family continues to struggle against the needs of the monarchy and the wants of their fracturing personal lives. Season 3 features new cast members Helena Bonham Carter as HRH Princess Margaret, Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles, Marion Bailey as the Queen Mother, Emerald Fennell as Camilla Parker Bowles, Jason Watkins as Harold Wilson, Erin Doherty as Princess Anne, and more.
Season 4 of THE CROWN debuted on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 3:01am ET/12:01am PT, as Netflix released the entire 10-episode season. As the 1970s are drawing to a close, Queen Elizabeth and her family find themselves preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles, who is still unmarried at 30. As the nation begins to feel the impact of divisive policies introduced by Britain's first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, tensions arise between her and the Queen which only grow worse as Thatcher leads the country into the Falklands War, generating conflict within the Commonwealth. While Charles' romance with a young Lady Diana Spencer provides a much-needed fairytale to unite the British people, behind closed doors, the Royal family is becoming increasingly divided.

Gillian Anderson portrays Margaret Thatcher. On September 7, 2019 Netflix tweeted this statement from Anderson: "I am so excited to be joining the cast and crew of THE CROWN and to have the opportunity to portray such a complicated and controversial woman. Thatcher was undoubtedly formidable but I am relishing exploring beneath the surface and, dare I say, falling in love with the icon who, whether loved or despised, defined an era."

Also, Emma Corrin plays Lady Diana Spencer in the series' fourth season. Corrin commented, "Beyond excited and honoured to be joining The Crown for its fourth season. I have been glued to the show since the first episode and to think I'm now joining this incredibly talented acting family is just surreal. Princess Diana was an icon, and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring. To be given the chance to explore her through Peter Morgan's writing is the most exceptional opportunity, and I will strive to do her justice!"


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Left Bank Pictures
  • In association with Sony Pictures Television