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      Season 1 – Z: The Beginning of Everything

      2015 Drama Biography List
      69% 39 Reviews Tomatometer 84% 50+ Ratings Audience Score Christina Ricci plays the role of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, a brilliant, beautiful and talented Southern belle, the original flapper and an icon of the Jazz Age in the flamboyant 1920s. Zelda is a free spirit, who longs for a bigger and better life. When Zelda meets an unpublished writer named F. Scott Fitzgerald, a passionate, turbulent and notorious love affair emerges. This fictionalized biography pulls back the curtain on the wild parties and the music, as well the struggles, adultery, dark secrets and dashed dreams. Read More Read Less

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      Z: The Beginning of Everything — Season 1

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      Z: The Beginning of Everything — Season 1

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      Z: The Beginning of Everything presents an entertaining look at the life of Zelda Fitzgerald that's full of grandeur, splash, and old-timey wit, though the series suffers at times from a formless trajectory and over-the-top characterizations.

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      Episode 1 Aired Nov 6, 2015 Pilot Zelda is intrigued by a novelist, F. Scott Fitzgerald, but doesn't respond to his advances. Details Episode 2 Aired Jan 27, 2017 Just Humans Zelda must decide what she can sacrifice to be with Scott, who continues to pursue her. Details Episode 3 Aired Jan 27, 2017 The Right Side of Paradise Despite the distance between them, Zelda and Scott continue to grow closer; Zelda tries to decide if her feelings warrant uprooting her life. Details Episode 4 Aired Jan 27, 2017 You, Me and Us Zelda arrives in New York City to marry Scott and celebrate their new life with his friends. Details Episode 5 Aired Jan 27, 2017 The It Girl As Zelda tries to fit into her new high-life in the city, she changes her look. Details Episode 6 Aired Jan 27, 2017 Lights! Camera! Fitzgerald! Zelda does a screen test for a big director. Details Episode 7 Aired Jan 27, 2017 Where There Are Friends, There Are Riches Scott and Zelda visit Princeton for an emotion-filled reunion. Details Episode 8 Aired Jan 27, 2017 Playing House Zelda and Scott go on a vacation in Westport so Scott can write, and have friends from New York over for a party. Details Episode 9 Aired Jan 27, 2017 Quicksand Zelda and Scott are faced with rising marital tension. Details Episode 10 Aired Jan 27, 2017 Best of All In hopes of mending their marriage, Zelda and Scott go on a road trip back to Montgomery. Details

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      Rachel Syme New Yorker "Z" is Zelda's life run through a gif-converter, a Pinterest-ready show that focusses on beautiful ermine stoles and spot-on nineteen-twenties cupid's-bow lipstick instead of its central figure's essential contradictions. May 10, 2019 Full Review Inkoo Kang MTV The show is nearly as dull or cringe-inducing as it is engaging and insightful. Jan 30, 2017 Full Review Liz Shannon Miller indieWire Zelda was a complicated woman, and Ricci definitely has the chops to play that. But the show never really lets her breathe into that realness. Rated: B- Jan 30, 2017 Full Review Lea Palmieri Decider Ricci hasn't been this bubbly and fun in a role since she was a teenager, and as Zelda, she's the kind of woman you'd want to hang around. May 10, 2019 Full Review Brock Wilbur Nerdist This great cast... gives us a lot of hope that the full series run will be the exactly right kind of kick-ass feminist protagonist journey that 2017 so desperately needs right now. Rated: 4.5/5 May 10, 2019 Full Review Dominic Patten Deadline Hollywood Daily While Christina Ricci does admirably and fearlessly inhabit the role of the creative and sometimes crazed Zelda Fitzgerald, this well-lubricated story of the beautiful and the damned just skips along the surface. May 10, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Beautiful aesthetically. Absorbingly passionate romance. Moving poetic musings. Does not fall prey to a need to overly worship or overly villainize either character. Just beautifully done. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member I loved it. They need to continue the story. Come on Amazon pay for a second season you have the money. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Starts very, very strong. And then it begins to meander. I feel it would have been better if it'd been created with the intention to be a limited mini-series rather than a TV series, because then the writing team could have crafted a compelling beginning, middle, and end. As it is, without a season 2 renewal, it just sort of... ends. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member THIS ANIME IS THE EQUIVILENT OF BLOWING A MILLION DOLLARS ON MCDONALDS GREAT POTENTIAL AND LITERALLY SUCKS BEYOND ALL REASON, HOTRIBLE ENDING NEVER ANY POSITIVE MOMENTS SCREW WHOEVER WROTE THIS STORY Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Very disappointed this was cancelled. We loved it and so did our friends we recommended it to! Once you start watching you don’t want to stop! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member I really enjoyed this series. After looking to see when season 2 would be out I saw that it was canceled. Super disappointed! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a review

      Season Info

      Prime Video
      Drama, Biography
      Original Language
      Release Date
      Nov 6, 2015