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The Young Pope
The Young Pope is an English-language Italian drama television series created and directed by Paolo Sorrentino for Sky Atlantic, HBO, and Canal+. The series stars Jude Law and Diane Keaton. It was co-produced by European production companies Wildside, Haut et Court TV, and Mediapro.
The world premiere of The Young Pope was on 3 September 2016 at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, where the first two episodes were screened out of the competition. It was the first time in the history of the festival that a TV series was a part of the program. The series premiered on TV on 21 October 2016 on Sky Atlantic in Italy. On 20 October 2016, Wildside producer Lorenzo Mieli announced that a second season of the series was in development, although the project was later revealed to be a follow-up series called The New Pope, whose production is set to begin in Italy in late 2018.
The Young Pope received positive reviews in the UK, Ireland, and Italy. Jude Law’s performance has garnered praise by Jasper Rees of The Daily Telegraph, while the Italian weekly Catholic magazine Famiglia Cristiana objected to “caricature-like characters created to appeal to an American audience”.
On U.S. review aggregator Metacritic, it has a rating of 69, indicating “generally favorable reviews.” The show also currently has a 77% positive rating from review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes combining 69 reviews. It’s “Critics Consensus”: “The Young Pope ‘s original premise and stylish blend of over-the-top melodrama with profane comedy helps overcome an occasionally muddled plot.”
Some Catholic reviewers were put off by what they perceived as the series’ anti-Catholic stance. Such critics took issue with a presentation of the Church they found to be caricature-like and “cartoonish.” Other reviewers complained about anti-Catholicism in the entertainment industry more broadly. However, some conservative reviewers praised the show for its portrayal of tradition and authentic religious devotion