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In this sitcom, an up-and-coming playwright named Will Shakespeare is trying to make a name for himself in 16th-century England. His career is hindered by his family, who don't take him seriously as a dramatic artist. The series debuted on BBC Two in 2016 and stars David Mitchell.

BBC America
1 Season, 20 Episodes
May 8, 2016
Comedy
7.5/10
Cast: David Mitchell, Gemma Whelan, Rob Rouse, Liza Tarbuck
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Upstart Crow Full Episode Guide

  • Will's hopes of a quiet family Christmas go wrong very fast.

  • As Will wrestles with temptation a bigger threat to his family lurks in the wings.

  • Will's new play about Julius Caesar is disrupted by a lot of backstagebackstabbing!

  • When Kate stands in for Sue at a masked ball it causes problems.

  • A brilliant new actor has some surprising views about the authorship of Will'splays.

  • Greene has hit on an ingenious new way to destroy Will's reputation.

  • Will has a problem with A Midsummer Night's Dream, a love potion and adonkey head.

  • When Marlowe, Kate and the usually awful Robert Greene look to be facing a miserable Christmas in London, Will's heart gets the better of him.

  • Will's finished Romeo and Juliet but now there's competition over who will play Juliet.

  • Will Shakespeare has invented an amazing new dramatic form: the greatest hits musical.

  • Will has to write a romance set in an exotic foreign location. Kate falls for Marlowe.

  • When his old teacher invites himself to stay, Will must confront some awful memories.

  • When a dashing African Prince comes to town, Will decides to befriend him.

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