The Young Pope

The Young Pope

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Added Jan 05, 2017 at 02:06PM EST by Adam.

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The Young Pope is a television show directed by Paolo Sorrentino that airs on Sky Atlantic, HBO, and Canal+. It stars Jude Law and Diane Keaton and is about a fictional Pope played by Jude Law whose youth and conservative orthodoxy shakes the politics of Vatican City.


The Young Pope's first season was produced between 2014 and 2016.[1] Sorrentino wrote the script with Stefano Rulli, Tony Grisoni and Umberto Contarello. The Jude Law-lead cast was announced in the summer of 2015. The series premiered on October 17th, 2016 on Sky Atlantic in Italy, has premiered in various locations in Europe since, and will premiere on January 15th, 2017 on HBO in the United States. On December 5th, 2016, HBO released the trailer for United States audiences (shown below).

The New Pope

On May 16th, 2017, HBO announced the creation of a sequel to The Young Pope, named The New Pope.[11] John Malkovich was announced to be joining the cast on July 2nd, 2018.[12] On April 9th, 2019, paparazzi pictures of Jude Law filming the second season leaked online. The pictures show Law in a white speedo walking on a beach while women play volleyball around him (shown below).

Twitter users reacted thirstily to the pictures. User @NineDaves[13] wrote "Good morning to these photos of Jude Law filming THE NUDE POPE," gaining over 4,200 retweets and 22,000 likes (shown below, left). User @fuerticito posted the photos gaining 100 retweets and 460 likes (shown below, right). The photos were covered by Vogue,[14] Buzzfeed,[15] and The Daily Dot.[16]

Dave Quinn @NineDaves Follow Good morning to these photos of Jude Law filming THE NUDE POPE. 9:00 AM - 9 Apr 2019 Pedro J. García @fuertecito Follow Jude Law en el rodaje de la T2 de #TheYoungPope Sin palabras-"cia Vía 10:47 AM -9 Apr 2019


The early reception to The Young Pope has been positive amongst critics. As of January 4th, 2017, it has an 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes,[2] an 8.5 on IMDb,[3] and a 9.4 rating on[4] Italian newspaper Famiglia Cristiana[7] argued that Law's portrayal of the Pope was too fantastical and that reaction was divided among Catholic audiences. The show has been renewed for a second season.

Online Presence

Two weeks before its American release, The Young Pope has a mild online fandom. Its Facebook page[5] has over 2,300 likes, and its subreddit[6] has 179 readers.

Weird Twitter Ironic Fandom

In the buildup to The Young Pope's American release, Weird Twitter developed an ironic fascination with the show, making jokes about its premise.

Patrick Monahan @pattymo Following YOUNG POPE: Table for The Pope, please SNOOTY MAITRE D': You? The Pope? Yes, and I'm the Queen of England Young Pope smirks into camera" RETWEETSL 64 610 12:16 AM-5 Jan 2017 Dollars Horton @crushingbort Following don't be surprised if the young pope does things a little differently than previous popes, on account of his age RETWEETSL LIKES 27 325 12:12 AM-5 Jan 2017 Anne T. Donahue @annetdonahue Follow TEEN 1: Church is so boring TEEN 2: It's so out of touch THE YOUNG POPE approaches pulpit: Some...BODY once told me--" TEENS: H-------- RETWEETSL 1:11 AM-5 Jan 2017 6 136 497 nayr @nayrgendo Follow If twitter isn't going to listen to users & crack down on hate speech, they should at least listen to users & rename the platform Young Pope 3:07 PM -5 Jan 2017

Song Lyric Jokes

On January 4th, 2017, Polygon[8] picked up a trend on Weird Twitter which inserted The Young Pope into popular song lyrics. The following day, Twitter Moments[9] and Uproxx[10] also posted articles about the trend.

Rachel Fershleiser @RachelFersh Follow and we don't care about the young pope alkin' 'bout the young pope rr RETWEETSL 24 1:28 AM-4 Jan 2017 Gabriella Palella @GMPaiella Following Young Pope look at my life I'm a lot like Jude Law RETWEETS LIKES 107 1:02 AM-4 Jan 2017 josh androsky Φ ShutUpAndrosky Follow i'm a bitch / I'm a lover / i'm the pope / only younger 940 4,924 ■ RETWEETS LIKES Alicia Kraft TheAliciaKraft Follow Take me down to the Vatican City Where the Pope is young and the tone is gritty RETWEETS LIKES 98 1:28 AM-5 Jan 2017

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The fun part is that he's an ultraconservative and the Cardinals I guess assumed he wasn't because he's so young, and now he keeps unironically throwing abortion doctrine and other stuff back in their faces while they, still not getting it, keep trying to screw him over with sex scandals and shit.

It's like they made that one kid from Catholic high school who took it all WAY to seriously into the Pope.


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