The Crown is one of Netflix’s best historical tv series that was created by Peter Morgan. It is based upon both his 2006 film, “The Queen” and his play “The Audience”. This series portrays the life of Queen Elizabeth II beginning from her wedding to Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and the royal family through the present day.
This series is unique in that every two years, there has been a reprisal in the cast members to correlate with the aging of the characters. The immensely popular show has faced a real conundrum this year though with the death of the Queen. The dynamics of the television show, its cast, and how they will address the Queen’s funeral are on the minds of many fans right now.
The Crown Seasons 1
The first season of The Crown was released on November 4, 2016. It focused on the Queen’s marriage to Philip from 1947 through 1955.
Notable events include the birth of Charles, the resignation of Winston Churchill, and Princess Margaret’s decision not to marry.
The Crown Second Season
The Crown, the best historical tv series of 2016 and 20117, released its second season on December 8th. It focused on the time frame beginning in 1956 and ending in 1964.
During this time frame the royal family along with the rest of Great Britain saw the retirement of Prime Minister Anthony Eden as well as Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in 1963. Other topics brought forth in this season include the Profumo affair as well as the birth of Prince Edward.
The Crown Third Season
The third season of The Crown was released on November 17, 2019, and focuses on the time frame beginning in 1964 and continuing through 1977.
During this time frame, the major historical events covered in the series include the election of Harold Wilson as prime minister. In addition, this season also introduces Camilla to the storyline.
The Crown Fourth Season
The fourth season of The Crown, released on November 15, 2020, is arguably the best historical tv series to date. It focuses on the time frame beginning in 1979 to 1990, with Margaret Thatcher’s time as prime minister. It also introduces and puts focus on Lady Diana Spencer.
This is the season of the series where the focus is slowly taken off of the queen herself and shifted onto the next generation of royals.
The Crown Seasons 5
The fifth season of The Crown was released on November 9, 2022, and focuses on the time period of 1991 through 1997.
John Major as Prime Minister as well as the election of Tony Blair as Prime Minister in 1997 were key moments. This time period saw significant international tensions and even the fall of one of Britain’s greatest allies.
However, the divorce of the Prince and Princess of Wales and its intense public scrutiny became a key focus in this season.
The Crown Sixth Season
The Crown Sixth Season will be the final season of the series and is currently in production.
The Death of Queen Elizabeth II
On September 8, 2022, Queen Elizabeth II passed away. At this time the production of season 5 was halted at the request of creator Peter Morgan. Morgan stated “The Crown” is a love letter to her and I’ve nothing to add for now, just silence and respect. I expect we will stop filming out of respect too” (via Deadline).
Filming was temporarily suspended after her death and on the day of her funeral as well.
However, despite the death of the queen, season 5 was eventually released in November. This season has received significant criticism from the real-life versions of its characters, namely former prime ministers.
The Best Historical TV Series Has Many Awards and Accolades (Of Course)
The Crown has received a massive amount of critical praise. The praise has been directed toward writing, directing, acting, producing, and cinematography.
At the time of this writing, The Crown has been nominated for 423 various awards, with an outstanding 129 wins. This includes over 20 Primetime Emmy awards. The awards won have varied between all aspects of the creation of the series. So none the less, it’s easy to see why it’s still one of the best historical tv series of all time.