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What people are saying about the new season of The Crown on Netflix

Updated Nov 9th, 2022 7:58PM EST
The Crown Season 5 on Netflix
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Make no mistake: Netflix’s top brass regard The Crown, the streamer’s hit dramatization of the British Royal Family that’s just debuted its highly anticipated fifth season, as nothing less than the “crown jewel” in Netflix’s catalog of original series.

That assessment comes directly from Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos, who raved about the new season and the quality of the series itself during an event Tuesday at the Drury Lane theater in central London. “This really has been and continues to be the highlight of my personal and professional life,” Sarandos said about The Crown, the new season of which introduces an older Queen Elizabeth, a new prime minister, and explores Princess Diana’s trauma during the 90s.

The Crown Season 5

As it has done for the last several seasons, the batch of episodes ages up all of the central characters — which means giving us all-new portrayals of the queen, Prince Philip, Charles, Diana, and more.

As of the time of this writing — on the same day the new season debuted on Netflix — the show’s Rotten Tomatoes scores for the new season (as opposed to the show overall) currently stand at a near-perfect 96% audience score and a 70% critics’ score. “In its fifth season,” reads the Rotten Tomatoes critics’ consensus assessment, “it’s hard to shake the feeling that this series has lost some of its luster — but addictive drama and a sterling cast remain The Crown‘s jewels.”

The cast

This time around, Imelda Staunton takes on the role of Queen Elizabeth, who’s striving to continue her steady reign while the country and world change dramatically around her. Complicating things further is the public’s increasing dissatisfaction with the monarchy, with many viewing it as an anachronism in the modern era.

The Crown Season 5 on Netflix
Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II in Season 5 of “The Crown.”

Meantime, The Crown Season 5 also sees Welsh actor Jonathan Pryce takes on the mantle of an aging Prince Philip, with the role of future king Prince Charles going to Dominic West, while Elizabeth Debicki portrays the people’s princess, Diana.

From Netflix, about the new season:

“As Queen Elizabeth II (Imelda Staunton) approaches the 40th anniversary of her accession, she reflects on a reign that has encompassed nine prime ministers, the advent of mass television, and the twilight of the British Empire. Yet new challenges are on the horizon. The collapse of the Soviet Union and the transfer of sovereignty in Hong Kong signals a seismic shift in the international order presenting both obstacles and opportunities. Meanwhile, trouble is brewing closer to home.”

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