The Patriarch

I’m flying a lot this month, and have been taking the opportunity to watch Succession (★☆☆☆☆) and see what the fuss is all about. I’m generally pretty forgiving of rough starts—it can take time for a show to find its footing and set things up. I’m now in the second season, and this is not HBO-worthy in my opinion, and I’m not seeing what the big deal is. It’s an expensive soap opera with two-dimensional characters, and it’s not particularly well-acted.

I thought the same about Yellowstone (★★☆☆☆)—it’s essentially the same show, but set in the West instead of New York. They’re both about a rich, powerful family patriarch who is getting old and is worried about his legacy. He dominates everything he touches, tortures his (mostly terrible) children, and generally chews up the scenery. I got to the second season of both before deciding that they just didn’t have much more up their sleeve and bailed out. They’re both missable, but I’d give the nod to Yellowstone between the two—its characters are better.