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suc­ces­siON (Jesse Armstrong) is a slow-burn­ing, dys­func­tional fam­ily com­edy verg­ing on Shake­spearean melo­drama from cre­ator Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show, The Thick Of It). The new HBO se­ries for­goes sexy nar­ra­tive ploys with supreme con­fi­dence, re­ward­ing your pa­tience with – among other things – a me­dia con­glom­er­ate’s thrilling board of di­rec­tors meet­ing. Watch­ing su­per-rich ass­holes rat­ify min­utes can be sur­pris­ingly anx­i­ety-in­duc­ing. Suc­ces­sion gawks at priv­i­lege and ex­cess while tak­ing its leisurely time to make us care – if we ever re­ally do – about the self­ish and con­niv­ing Roy clan (led by Brian Cox’s toxic Lo­gan), whose ob­vi­ous real-life coun­ter­parts are the Fox em­pire’s Mur­doch fam­ily. The Roys can gnaw at your soul, which would be un­bear­able if the show wasn’t so funny. Ex­ec­u­tive pro­duced by Will Fer­rell and Adam McKay (who di­rects the first episode), the se­ries is un­re­lent­ing with its hu­mour: the laugh-out-loud kind; the dry and sar­cas­tic kind; and the kind that gets caught in your throat be­cause you re­al­ize how de­press­ing it all is. Now stream­ing on HBO Canada. NNNN (Rad­heyan Si­mon­pil­lai)

HBO’s Suc­ces­sion is un­re­lent­ing with its hu­mour.

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