The Comey Rule: Season 1

The Comey Rule: Season 1

The Comey Rule: Season 1

Four-time Golden Globes nominee Jeff Daniels (Newsroom) is former FBI Director James Comey opposite fellow Globes veteran Brendan Gleeson (The Guard) as US President Donald Trump in this two-part mini-series from Oscar-nominated screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips).

The Comey Rule takes us on an insider’s journey down the corridors of power, where decision-makers struggle to apply old norms to a dramatic new paradigm in the face of Russia's deep and unprecedented penetration into American politics, with a nation’s rule of law hanging in the balance. Each character’s actions in these historic months made the careers of some, destroyed the careers of others and helped shape the incendiary political landscape we live in today.

2020USAShowtime
Drama

Reviews & comments

Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

American politics is so preoccupied with the participants as characters and partisans. Comey doubles down on that unfortunate tendency.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Because this series works from Comey’s own tell-some book, A Higher Loyalty, the rationale for his actions lands with the soft touch of an absolution-seeking defense. As Ray would have it, Comey’s problem is that he’s virtuous to a fault.

3.0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Once we get into the fraught nature of the Clinton investigation—and just as the team, including Comey’s new second-in-command, Andrew McCabe (a superb Michael Kelly), realizes they’re standing on a land mine of partisan undermining of the FBI—the story gets compelling.

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

It's hard to imagine that Comey, polished and well-acted as it is, will sway many hearts and minds. Those who support Donald Trump are highly unlikely to watch, and those who don't — well, a dramatic re-enactment of the events surrounding the 2016 election may feel less like entertainment and more like ideological torture porn.

Vulture

Vulture

press

The series has a sensibility that’s as traditional and straight-arrow as Comey thinks of himself. But it does get more compelling as it progresses, particularly in part two, when Donald Trump fully enters the picture.

CNN

CNN

press

Like everything else about the Trump presidency, The Comey Rule seems unlikely to change any hearts or minds. There's nevertheless something useful about seeing the dry pages of nonfiction brought to life, in a production that's hardy flawless but whose stellar casting represents showboating in the best TV sense of the term.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

Daniels is especially good at showing us Comey's thoughtful, accessible, reassuringly calm expression when faced with terrible problems and pressures. ... Donald Trump, played by Brendan Gleeson, skillfully avoiding caricature, a challenge for a real-life character of excesses and exaggerations.

Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

press

As constructed by writer-director Billy Ray, “The Comey Rule” will be a gripping yarn even to those already familiar with Mr. Comey’s history. And its cast of familiar faces will provide a degree of amusement to a narrative that’s not otherwise a lot of fun.

Collider

Collider

press

Against all odds, The Comey Rule actually manages to accomplish what should be the primary goal of any dramatization of true-life events - it successfully recontextualizes Trump's election and early presidency.

Variety

Variety

press

The show's narrative cleanness -- the upswing and the downswing, a big rupture in the center, and values carried throughout -- generates a sort of tidiness throughout that looks a lot like writerly laziness.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

There is both good and bad in this miniseries, but what I found most interesting was how its meaning shifts to fit your perception, and not the other way around.

Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

American politics is so preoccupied with the participants as characters and partisans. Comey doubles down on that unfortunate tendency.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Because this series works from Comey’s own tell-some book, A Higher Loyalty, the rationale for his actions lands with the soft touch of an absolution-seeking defense. As Ray would have it, Comey’s problem is that he’s virtuous to a fault.

3.0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Once we get into the fraught nature of the Clinton investigation—and just as the team, including Comey’s new second-in-command, Andrew McCabe (a superb Michael Kelly), realizes they’re standing on a land mine of partisan undermining of the FBI—the story gets compelling.

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

It's hard to imagine that Comey, polished and well-acted as it is, will sway many hearts and minds. Those who support Donald Trump are highly unlikely to watch, and those who don't — well, a dramatic re-enactment of the events surrounding the 2016 election may feel less like entertainment and more like ideological torture porn.

Vulture

Vulture

press

The series has a sensibility that’s as traditional and straight-arrow as Comey thinks of himself. But it does get more compelling as it progresses, particularly in part two, when Donald Trump fully enters the picture.

CNN

CNN

press

Like everything else about the Trump presidency, The Comey Rule seems unlikely to change any hearts or minds. There's nevertheless something useful about seeing the dry pages of nonfiction brought to life, in a production that's hardy flawless but whose stellar casting represents showboating in the best TV sense of the term.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

Daniels is especially good at showing us Comey's thoughtful, accessible, reassuringly calm expression when faced with terrible problems and pressures. ... Donald Trump, played by Brendan Gleeson, skillfully avoiding caricature, a challenge for a real-life character of excesses and exaggerations.

Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

press

As constructed by writer-director Billy Ray, “The Comey Rule” will be a gripping yarn even to those already familiar with Mr. Comey’s history. And its cast of familiar faces will provide a degree of amusement to a narrative that’s not otherwise a lot of fun.

Collider

Collider

press

Against all odds, The Comey Rule actually manages to accomplish what should be the primary goal of any dramatization of true-life events - it successfully recontextualizes Trump's election and early presidency.

Variety

Variety

press

The show's narrative cleanness -- the upswing and the downswing, a big rupture in the center, and values carried throughout -- generates a sort of tidiness throughout that looks a lot like writerly laziness.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

There is both good and bad in this miniseries, but what I found most interesting was how its meaning shifts to fit your perception, and not the other way around.

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