From Elizabeth II in The Crown to Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl, it's pretty clear viewers love a queen. The mixture of fashion and fierceness makes these powerhouses the perfect subjects of shows and films, which is why fans have been eager for the release of Hulu's The Great. Starring and executive produced by your new girl crush Elle Fanning, the dramady kind-of sort-of covers the rise of Catherine The Great. But for a show that claims it's "occasionally true," how real is Hulu’s The Great?
The series starts out with Catherine II (Fanning) — originally named Princess Sophie Auguste of Anhalt-Zerbst before moving to Russia — entering an arranged marriage to Peter III, the emperor of Russia.
What makes The Great so fun is there's enough history in it that viewers can actually learn something, but the creators made plenty of changes to the storyline to keep things understandable and entertaining. Some of the events shown in the series are historically inaccurate and missing key people, and a few of the events are never actually documented to have happened. Plus, there's still much more to the story of Catherine The Great to unfold.
However, the first 10 episodes provide plenty of laughs, sex, and enough real history to live up to its "occasionally true" claim.