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Succession follows the Roy family, owners of media conglomerate Waystar Royco. The family patriarch, Logan Roy (Cox), has experienced a decline in health. His four children - removed oldest son Connor (Ruck), power-hungry Kendall (Strong), irreverent Roman (Culkin), and politically savvy Siobhan (Snook) - all with varying degrees of connection to the company, begin to prepare for a future without their father, and each begins vying for prominence within the company.
Cast and characters
Hiam Abbass as Marcia Roy, the third wife of Logan Roy. Born and raised in Beirut, she is often at odds with Logan's children, whose trust she has yet to earn. She has a son, Amir, from her first marriage.
Nicholas Braun as Greg Hirsch, the grandnephew of Logan Roy and grandson of Ewan Roy. Greg is unfamiliar with the rough terrain he must navigate to win over Logan, and finds himself indentured to Tom Wambsgans in his quest for an in at Waystar and with the family.
Brian Cox as Logan Roy, the founder of media and entertainment conglomerate Waystar Royco. He is a brash leader whose primary focus is his company rather than his four children Connor, Kendall, Siobhan, and Roman. He is married to Marcia, his third wife.
Kieran Culkin as Roman Roy, the third and youngest son of Logan Roy, from his second marriage. Roman is immature, does not take responsibilities seriously, and often finds himself lacking the common sense his father requires of him. He is frequently at odds with his brother Kendall, whom he is often vying against for power and attention from their father.
Peter Friedman as Frank Vernon, the COO of Waystar Royco and long time confidant of Logan Roy. Frank is a member of Logan's old guard on whom Kendall frequently relies to help win back Logan's favor.
Natalie Gold as Rava Roy (season 1), the estranged wife of Kendall Roy.
Matthew Macfadyen as Tom Wambsgans, the husband of Shiv Roy and a Waystar executive who is promoted from heading the amusement park and cruise division to running the global news outlet. He is a people-pleaser and enjoys his proximity to the Roy family's power but is frequently dismissed by the Roys, and uses underlings like Greg to wield his power.
Alan Ruck as Connor Roy, the eldest son of Logan Roy, from his first marriage. Connor is mostly removed from the corporate drama, preferring to defer to his siblings on most firm-related matters. In season 2, he announces his bid for President of the United States.
Sarah Snook as Siobhan "Shiv" Roy, the youngest child and only daughter of Logan Roy from his second marriage. She is a political fixer, working for a time for presidential candidate Gil Eavis, whose political views clash with Waystar. She is married to Tom Wambsgans.
Jeremy Strong as Kendall Roy, the second son of Logan Roy, from his second marriage. The presumed natural successor to Logan, he is struggling to prove his worth to his father amid bungling major deals and struggling with substance abuse, as well as struggling to maintain a relationship with his estranged wife, Rava.
Rob Yang as Lawrence Yee, the founder of media website Vaulter that is acquired by Waystar Royco.
Dagmara Domi?czyk as Karolina (season 2, recurring season 1), Head of PR for Waystar Royco and a member of Waystar Royco's legal team.
Arian Moayed as Stewy Hosseini (season 2, recurring season 1), a financier and friend of Kendall's who becomes a member of Waystar Royco's board.
J. Smith-Cameron as Gerri Kellman (season 2, recurring season 1), general counsel to Waystar Royco who is also godmother to Siobhan and a mentor to Roman.
Mary Birdsong as Marianne Hirsch (season 1), Logan's niece and Greg's mother.
Molly Griggs as Grace (season 1), Roman's ex-girlfriend.
Justine Lupe as Willa, Connor Roy's young girlfriend who aspires to be a playwright and is a former call girl.
Peggy J. Scott as Jeane (season 1), Logan's secretary.
James Cromwell as Ewan Roy, Logan's estranged brother and Greg's grandfather who resides in Canada.
Darius Homayoun as Amir (season 1), Marcy's son who announces at Thanksgiving dinner that he has been hired to head Waystar Royco's animation division in Europe.
Eric Bogosian as Gil Eavis, a Sandersesque presidential candidate whom Nate introduces to Shiv. He is vocally opposed to Waystar Royco's attempted takeover of local news networks and becomes a target of their cable news network ATN because of it.
Caitlin FitzGerald as Tabitha, Roman's girlfriend who had previously had a sexual encounter with Tom at his bachelor party.
Harriet Walter as Caroline Collingwood, the second wife of Logan Roy and Kendall, Shiv, and Roman's mother.
Danny Huston as Jamie Laird (season 2), a banker and financier who advises Logan during the proxy battle against Stewy and Sandy, as well as during his attempted acquisition of PMG.
Jeannie Berlin as Cyd Peach (season 2), head of Waystar Royco's news network who butts heads with Tom after his promotion.
Holly Hunter as Rhea Jarrell (season 2), the CEO of Pierce Media Group who aligns herself with Logan during the attempted acquisition.
Cherry Jones as Nan Pierce (season 2), the de facto head of the Pierce family and majority owner of PMG.
Annabelle Dexter-Jones as Naomi Pierce (season 2), Nan Pierce's niece who suffers from substance abuse and falls for Kendall.
Fisher Stevens as Hugo Baker (season 2), a senior comms exec in charge of managing a scandal involving Brightstar cruiselines.
Babak Tafti as Eduard Asgarov (season 2), an Azerbaijani billionaire pursued by Roman for his money and ties to the Azerbaijani sovereign wealth. Co-owns the Heart of Midlothian Football Club with Roman.
Parker Sawyers as Alessandro Daniels ("Celebration"),[a] an executive of Waystar Royco present during the Vaulter acquisition meetings.
Annika Boras as Anna Newman ("Sad Sack Wasp Trap"), an on-air personality at ATN, the news network owned by Waystar Royco, that Kendall takes to the family's annual charity event, the Roy Endowment Creative New York (RECNY) ball.
David Patrick Kelly as Paul Chambers ("Which Side Are You On?"), a member of Waystar Royco's board that votes against a vote of no confidence in regards to Logan.
Griffin Dunne as Dr. Alon Parfit ("Austerlitz"), a corporate therapist hired to work with the Roy family as Logan attempts to rehabilitate their public image.
On June 6, 2016, it was announced that HBO had given the production a pilot order. The episode was written by Jesse Armstrong and directed by Adam McKay. Executive producers for the pilot include Armstrong, McKay, Will Ferrell, Frank Rich, and Kevin Messick. On May 16, 2017, it was announced that HBO had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The previously announced creative team continued their involvement as the series entered into production.
On November 17, 2017, it was reported that Nicholas Britell would serve as the series' composer. On April 26, 2018, it was announced that the series would premiere on June 3, 2018. On June 11, 2018, HBO renewed the series for a second season. On August 20, 2019, HBO renewed the series for a third season.
On May 23, 2019, it was announced that the second season would premiere on August 11, 2019.
On January 18, 2018, HBO released the first teaser trailer for the series. On March 27, 2018, a second teaser trailer was released. On April 26, 2018, the first full trailer was released.
On April 27, 2018, the series held its official world premiere during the Series Mania Festival in Lille, France in which the pilot episode was screened. On May 22, 2018, the series held its official US premiere at the Time Warner Center in New York City.
The first season has been met with a positive response from critics. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the season holds an 87% "Certified Fresh" rating with an average rating of 7.77 out of 10 based on 76 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Peppering its pathos with acid wit, Succession is a divine comedy of absolute power and dysfunction - brought to vivid life by a ferocious ensemble."Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the season a score of 70 out of 100 based on 29 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."
The second season has received critical acclaim. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the season holds a 96% "Certified Fresh" rating with an average rating of 8.98 out of 10 based on 55 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Succession returns in darkly funny form, with sharp writing, exceptional performances, and a surprising new level of sympathy for some of television's least likable characters." On Metacritic, the season has a score of 88 out of 100, based on 16 critics, indicating "universal acclaim."
The premiere episode drew 582,000 live viewers, down from the 1.39 million viewers that watched its lead-in, Westworld, The season 2 finale drew 1.1 million viewers across all viewing platforms.
Jesse Armstrong, Adam McKay, Frank Rich, Kevin Messick, Mark Mylod, Jane Tranter, Tony Roche, Scott Ferguson, Jon Brown, Georgia Pritchett, Will Tracy, Jonathan Glatzer, Dara Schnapper and Gabrielle Mahon