Jeff Jarvis: A Conversational Conversationalist

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Jeff Jarvis: A Conversational Conversationalist

How a Netflix series about the Swedish monarchy became an international sensation

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Someday I’ll be at a party and the person I’m dancing with will find out that I write for a magazine. It happens all the time.

This happened with my friend and fellow TV critic Jeff Jarvis and with his new Netflix series “The Crown.”

The Crown followed the life of King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden and his marriage to Queen Ulrika Eleonora of Sweden. The pair led an era of Swedish royal family history that’s been closely followed by the history books and the BBC.

After “Queen of the World,” a 2011 Netflix series about Queen Elizabeth’s time as monarch, Jarvis’s new show took a darker turn.

I met Jarvis in person in October during the launch party for The Crown in New York City.

In a world where we’re all fascinated by the royal family, I didn’t expect to see Jarvis in person.

He was a small, compact man with an air of quiet authority and a habit of putting his hands on his hips.

Jeff Jarvis with Netflix

He also had a quiet smile, and was a great conversationalist.

But the two things he wasn’t a good conversationalist about were pop-culture and the royal family.

Jarvis had a strong dislike for anything pop-culture related, so he didn’t have much to say about the Netflix series that made him a star in the UK, “The Crown.”

He didn’t even know what a “coronation” was.

“That’s what you get when you marry a queen,” I told him when we met in New York.

Jarvis’s response: “Yeah. Coronations.”

We talked about his new Netflix show, his reaction to the royal family and how he thinks there should be more gender equality in the royal family, among other things.

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