Should you watch or skip A Man in Full on Netflix? Here's the consensus

A spoiler-free review for those wondering whether they should watch or skip A Man in Full.
A Man in Full. Diane Lane as Martha Croker in episode 104 of A Man in Full. Cr. Mark Hill/Netflix © 2024
A Man in Full. Diane Lane as Martha Croker in episode 104 of A Man in Full. Cr. Mark Hill/Netflix © 2024 /

Whenever Netflix releases a new limited series (which is often), it's hard to know whether or not to devote your time to binge-watching the buzzy new title. "But it's in the top 10!" Sometimes, you still won't like it after spending upwards of eight hours watching a twisty crime thriller. On the other hand, you just might find your next favorite show. You never know!

On May 2, Netflix debuts A Man in Full, which comes from the prolific television writer and producer David E. Kelley, who's behind such hits as Ally McBeal, Boston Legal, Big Little Lies, Nine Perfect Strangers, Big Sky, Love & Death, and Netflix's own Anatomy of a Scandal and The Lincoln Lawyer. The series stars the likes of Jeff Daniels, Tom Pelphrey, William Jackson Harper, Diane Lane, and Lucy Liu.

By all accounts, that sounds like a must-watch! Based on the book of the same name by Tom Wolfe, here's a little bit about the show via Netflix:

"When Atlanta real estate mogul Charlie Croker faces sudden bankruptcy, political and business interests collide as Charlie defends his empire from those attempting to capitalize on his fall from grace."

If you're still undecided on the decision to watch or skip A Man in Full on Netflix, here's our spoiler-free review to push you in the right direction. Is Netflix's latest surefire hit miniseries worth adding to your watch list? For some, yes, and for others, no. Here's a quick guide to find out which camp you're in.

A case for watching A Man in Full

Did you enjoy shows like Succession, House of Cards, Ozark, and The Diplomat? Are you sucked into every single Harlan Coben show on Netflix? While you will have to decide if A Man in Full is as good as those Emmy Award winning and nominated series or Coben's long list of miniseries, the tone and themes are pretty similar. The series, which spans a quick six episodes, is a pretty meaty business and political thriller that has unexpected twists and turns aplenty. If you like being surprised by shows but don't mind a slower pace, then this is right up your alley.

One of the best aspects of the series by far is the performances. A two-time Emmy Award winner for HBO's The Newsroom and Netflix's Godless, Daniels delivers another chilling and exciting performance as Charlie Croker, the cunning and ruthless businessman with nothing to lose. Pelphrey chews all the scenery in his unsettling supporting role as Raymond Peepgrass, and The Good Place's William Jackson Harper ferociously takes on rough edges of politician Wes Jordan. Lane and Liu are expectedly excellent as Charlie's ex-wife and fellow businesswoman respectively. We will very likely be seeing many of these names come awards season.

A Man in Full. Diane Lane as Martha Croker in episode 105 of A Man in Full. Cr. Mark Hill/Netflix © 2024 /

A case for skipping A Man in Full

However, there's also a population of the viewership who might not enjoy the ride of A Man in Full. If you adored shows like Succession, House of Cards, Ozark, and The Diplomat, this might be a bit of a letdown replacement in comparison. You might not even get the same twisty thrills as a Harlan Coben show. While the miniseries has bite and edge and a slick sense of storytelling, sometimes its pacing leaves much to be desired and the punches it packs can feel as if it's being edgy for the sole sake of pushing the envelope. (Case in point, the graphic nudity in the final scene.)

Just like every TV show, this one won't be for everyone, but it particularly won't be for those viewers who aren't frequent consumers of these kinds of thrillers or even slow-burn miniseries. It's not a light watch and deals with some heavy subject matter and doesn't shy away from depicting these topics. If you're looking for something lighter that's also dealing in the business and political worlds, might I suggest binge-watching Dynasty, a comedy-laced reboot of the '80s soap that has five seasons on Netflix. The Crokers have nothing on the Carringtons!

So, will you be watching or skipping A Man in Full only on Netflix?

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