Succession (2018- )
Roystar Wayco is a Fox-analogous titan of the entertainment industry in Succession, and the moneyed family behind the media conglomerate is a fucking mess. Unlike the main players in Showtime's Billions, a roster stacked with Machiavellian geniuses, the Roys are mostly so, so bad at being in charge. After the aging patriarch Logan (Brian Cox) suffers from an incapacitating stroke, the siblings -- Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Shiv (Sarah Snook), Roman (Kieran Culkin), and Connor (Alan Ruck) -- conspire against each other, waging buffoonish internal allyship campaigns for control over the company. Among the constant infighting and callous mega-wealthy antics in the show is an innate comedic timing that makes, say, covering up grave corporate negligence one big goof. Other things that happened in Succession's first season: Shiv went to work for a leftist opposition presidential candidate, a relapsed Kendall did a Chappaquiddick, Roman basically OK'd the launch of a malfunctioning rocket ship into space, Shiv's fiancé Tom (a very funny Matthew Macfadyen) did a sex act at his bachelor party that may or may not exist in real life. When our luminary of integrity is Greg (Nicholas Braun), the perpetually stoned cousin who pukes through a mascot's eyehole, it's safe to assume the moral compass is definitely off-kilter here. (Love you tho, Greg.) Did the world really need another TV show about shitty rich white people? Probably not, but Succession creator Adam McKay (The Big Short) and showrunner Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show) made the case that there's room for one more, and it all continues with a second season in August 2019.
Where to watch it: HBO Go and HBO NOW