Succession is a boardroom-level drama that follows the political intrigue of the Roy family, flawed owners of the world’s largest media and entertainment conglomerate, Waystar Royco.
As the title suggests, the central plotline has revolved around who will succeed the family’s unrelenting patriarch, Logan Roy (Brian Cox), as the next CEO of the company. Each of Logan’s three children is, to different degrees, morally flawed and ill-suited for the role.
Factions and power dynamics are constantly evolving throughout the show, but the final season opened with the Roy offspring in collusion against their father, attempting to build (or buy) their own rival media empire.
Succession is often described as a dark comedy, one that satirises the darker realities of wealth and power with razor-sharp dialogue. A Vox article summed it up well: “A uniquely despairing drama about a family (and a planet) circling the drain. But… also one of TV’s funniest shows”.
During the debut season, eagle-eyed critics quickly noted the parallels between the fictional Roys and a real-life clan of media moguls: the Murdochs. Both families have ageing paterfamilias and three feud-prone siblings with C-suite experience. However, creator Jesse Armstrong has stated that the Murdochs are just one source of inspiration for the show.