Archie Season Review – An interesting portrayal of a Hollywood icon

Season 1



Episode Guide

Episode 1 -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 2 -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 3 -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 4 -| Review Score – 4/5


In Archie, Jason Isaacs takes on the daunting role of one of Hollywood’s all-time greatest stars, Cary Grant. This 4-part drama series from Britbox is the story of his life from his modest background growing up in Bristol, England to his meteoric rise in the world of Hollywood. We see it told from the perspective of a much older Cary Grant towards the end of his life, in his appearances on his one-man show titled “An Evening With Cary Grant.” 

Each episode flits between many different timelines, as we see “Archie,” as he was known in his earlier life before he reinvented himself as Cary Grant, struggling with his identity and his tortured childhood. Don’t go into this drama expecting the story of his Hollywood career, or you’ll be bitterly disappointed. There are token appearances from Doris Day, Grace Kelly and Alfred Hitchcock, but none of these add anything to the story that is trying to be told here, and the series would’ve been better off not featuring them at all, as it comes across as crowd-pleasing moments without any substance. 

The real story is quite fascinating, as we learn about the death of his brother when Archie was just a little boy and the subsequent committing of his mother into an asylum, with a brutal lie from his father that she died leaving Archie to mourn his mother for many years. It’s in these moments where this drama has its strongest moments, especially when Cary/Archie eventually reconnects with his mother after many years apart.

Despite the facade of the Cary Grant persona, the Hollywood legend is essentially just a boy from Bristolwho just wanted to be loved. 

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  • Verdict - 7/10

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