The series premiered on 21 October 2016 on Sky Atlantic in Italy. On 20 October 2016, Wildside producer Lorenzo Mieli announced that a second season of the series is in development.
The Young Pope received widespread critical acclaim in the UK, Ireland, and Italy. It has also drawn some criticism from the Italian newspaper Famiglia Cristiana, for the overtly caricatural interpretation by Jude Law. Famiglia Cristiana also outlined how polarizing the series was among Catholics, with many fans of Sorrentino's storytelling and many who were not impressed.