A Life Lesson from the Horrible People on HBO’s Succession

HBO’s Succession is halfway through its third season, making this the perfect time to review some of the things the show absolutely nails about the law and clients and corporate America and a dozen other things we don’t have room to write about right now.

First, let’s address the two burning questions left unanswered from the halfway episode (don't worry, no spoilers): Yes, Kendall, bagels are [very] bad for rabbits; no, Greg, there’s no way to “affectionately sue a relative” (and you have no standing to sue Greenpeace).

Succession has been a hit since it started, a good chunk of its audience is attorneys. Estate planning/corporate/family law attorneys in particular. As a show about an eighty-year-old three-time married media mogul with four entitled avaricious children and a pack of relatives who work for the company[1] would be.

The patriarch, Logan Roy, keeps promising to step down; three of the four children (Kendall, Shiv, Roman) are constantly scheming to be the chosen one. The fourth, Connor, just wants his money and maybe to run for the presidency.

This, then, is the story of a pack of wolves at each other’s throats. It’s funny, profane, dramatic, and dead on for those of us who deal with the issues Succession raises on nearly a daily basis.

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