David Corenswet, Darren Criss, Laura Harrier, Joe Mantello, Dylan McDermott, Jake Picking, Jeremy Pope, Holland Taylor, Samara Weaving, Jim Parsons, as well as Patti LuPone feature in the American drama streaming television miniseries Hollywood. It premiered on Netflix on May 1, 2020, and also was developed by Ryan Murphy as well as Ian Brennan.
The miniseries follows a group of young performers as well as filmmakers during the post-World War II Hollywood Golden Age as they struggle to realise their goals.
Critics gave the show mixed reviews, praising the performances and production quality but criticising the tone, narrative, as well as artistic licence used. At the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, the series garnered 12 nominations, featuring acting nominations for Pope, Taylor, McDermott, and Parsons, who won two.
Following World War II, the series examines Hollywood in 1947-1948, when conventional power relations in the American movie industry are thoroughly disassembled as well as racism and homophobia are consigned to history’s dustbin.
This series has a 58 per cent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, depending on 130 reviews, with just an average rating of 6.10/10. “Including its heart on its own sleeve as well as style to spare, Hollywood is everything but subtle – perhaps if its good intent were combined with something less complex tale,” says the site’s critical consensus. The miniseries does have a 55 out of 100 weighted aggregate rating on Metacritic, based on 33 reviewers, signifying “mixed or mediocre reviews.”
“It’s a fascinating blend of fact (or at least stories based on factual characters), and the performances from the cast of rising stars and reliable veterans are dazzling — and even though, so much like a motion picture, Hollywood can’t achieve script problems that emerge regarding halfway through into the storey,” wrote Richard Roeper again for Chicago Sun-Times.
Hugh Montgomery of the BBC, on the other hand, rated the series one in five stars, calling it “spineless and lifeless.”