Crisis in Six Scenes

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Crisis in Six Scenes
Genre Comedy
Created by Woody Allen
Written by Woody Allen
Directed by Woody Allen
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Erika Aronson
Producer(s) Helen Robin
Editor(s) Alisa Lepselter
Production company(s)
Original network Amazon Video
Original release September 30, 2016 (2016-09-30)

Crisis in Six Scenes is an American television mini-series written and directed by Woody Allen for Amazon Studios.[1][2][3][4] Allen wrote and directed six episodes for the half-hour series, marking the first time he has done so for television. It is available exclusively on Amazon Video.

The series premiered on September 30, 2016,[1] to generally unfavorable reviews. Allen said in May 2016 that the series will consist of only one season.[5]


The series is set in the 1960s during turbulent times in the United States. A middle class suburban family is visited by a guest (played by Miley Cyrus) who turns their household completely upside down.


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Guest stars[edit]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Episode 1"Woody AllenWoody AllenSeptember 30, 2016 (2016-09-30)
2"Episode 2"Woody AllenWoody AllenSeptember 30, 2016 (2016-09-30)
3"Episode 3"Woody AllenWoody AllenSeptember 30, 2016 (2016-09-30)
4"Episode 4"Woody AllenWoody AllenSeptember 30, 2016 (2016-09-30)
5"Episode 5"Woody AllenWoody AllenSeptember 30, 2016 (2016-09-30)
6"Episode 6"Woody AllenWoody AllenSeptember 30, 2016 (2016-09-30)



Promotional poster.

The deal with Allen was seen as giving Amazon a possible advantage in its competition with Netflix and television networks. The series was announced within days of Amazon winning the Golden Globe Award for the comedy-drama Transparent, another original series.[6] Allen had last written new material for television in the 1950s, when he wrote for Sid Caesar.[4]

In a May 2015 interview, Allen said that progress on the series had been "very, very difficult" and that he had "regretted every second since I said OK".[7][8] Allen has said of the series, "I don't know how I got into this. I have no ideas and I'm not sure where to begin. My guess is that Roy Price [the head of Amazon Studios] will regret this."[2][3][9]


In January 2016, it was announced that the series would star Allen, Elaine May and Miley Cyrus, and that shooting would begin in March.[10] In February 2016, it was announced that John Magaro and Rachel Brosnahan had joined the cast.[11] In March 2016, Michael Rapaport, Becky Ann Baker, Margaret Ladd, Joy Behar, Rebecca Schull, David Harbour and Christine Ebersole had joined the cast of the series.[12]


For about three weeks in early 2016, filming for the six episodes took place at 508 Scarborough Road, in Briarcliff Manor, New York.[13]


Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 19%, based on 43 reviews, with an average rating of 4.7/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Woody Allen's filmmaking skills prove a poor fit for the small screen in Crisis in Six Scenes, a talk-heavy, unfunny, and overall disengaged production buried below numerous superior offerings."[14] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the series has a score 44 out of 100, based on 29 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[15]

Rodrigo Perez from The Playlist gave the series a D+ on an A+ to F scale, and described it as "Hamfisted and nearly unwatchable."[16]

Allen himself had openly expressed severe misgivings about the project.[2][3][17] At the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Allen said in reference to the show, "It was a catastrophic mistake. I don't know what I'm doing. I'm floundering. I expect this to be a cosmic embarrassment."[18]

Cast reaction[edit]

In January 2018, Rachel Brosnahan stated she regretted working on the series, stating; "Honestly, it's the decision that I have made in my life that is the most inconsistent with everything I stand for and believe in, both publicly and privately. And while I can't take it back, it's important to me, moving forward, to make decisions that better reflect the things that I value and my worldview."[19][20]


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  2. ^ a b c Weinstein, Shelli (January 13, 2015). "Woody Allen to Create His First Television Series for Amazon". Variety. Archived from the original on January 13, 2015. Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Steel, Emily (January 13, 2015). "Amazon Signs Woody Allen to Write and Direct TV Series". The New York Times. Archived from the original on January 20, 2015. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Jurgensen, John (January 13, 2015). "Woody Allen to Create TV Series for Amazon Studios". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  5. ^ Galloway, Stephen (May 4, 2016). "The Woody Allen Interview (Which He Won't Read)". Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  6. ^ Levin, Gary (January 14, 2015). "Amazon momentum builds with Woody Allen series". USA Today. Retrieved January 14, 2015. 
  7. ^ Mike Fleming Jr. "Woody Allen Cannes Interview: 'Irrational Man' Director On His Life & Movies - Deadline". Deadline Hollywood. 
  8. ^ Goodman, Jessica (May 15, 2015). "Woody Allen Regrets Doing Amazon Series". The Huffington Post. Retrieved May 15, 2015. 
  9. ^ Massa, Antonia (January 13, 2015). "Amazon Signs Woody Allen to His First TV Show". Bloomberg News. Archived from the original on January 13, 2015. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  10. ^ Mike Fleming Jr. "Woody Allen Amazon Series: Woody, Miley Cyrus & Elaine May To Star - Deadline". Deadline Hollywood. 
  11. ^ Hipes, Patrick (February 24, 2016). "John Magaro & Rachel Brosnahan Join Woody Allen's Amazon Series". Retrieved February 25, 2016. 
  12. ^ Petski, Denise (March 16, 2016). "Woody Allen Amazon Series: Michael Rapaport, Becky Ann Baker & More Join Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 5, 2016. 
  13. ^ Taliaferro, Lanning (March 8, 2016). "Woody Allen Filming on Scarborough Road". Pleasantville-Briarcliff Manor Patch. Retrieved October 19, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Crisis in Six Scenes (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 15, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Crisis in Six Scenes reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Woody Allen's Amazon Show 'Crisis In Six Scenes' Is Nearly Unwatchable [Review]". 4 October 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  17. ^ Massa, Annie; Soper, Spencer; Palmeri, Chris (January 13, 2015). "Amazon's Woody Allen Hiring Underscores Video Risk". Bloomberg News. Archived from the original on January 13, 2015. Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  18. ^ Zeitchik, Steven (May 15, 2015). "Cannes 2015: Woody Allen Sings a Bleak Tune". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
  19. ^ Feinberg, Scott (January 17, 2018). "Rachel Brosnahan Says She Regrets Working With Woody Allen". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 18, 2018. 
  20. ^ Crucchiola, Jordan (January 17, 2018). "Rachel Brosnahan Says She Betrayed Her Own Convictions By Working With Woody Allen". Retrieved January 18, 2018. 

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