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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 15, 2009
  • Season #: 1
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58

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8.7

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  • Summary: An idealist young farmer turned soldier (Chris Egan) finds himself involved with the royal court of Gilboa when he saves the king's (Ian McShane) son, in this new dramatic series by Heroes' Michael Green.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Fantasy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 27
  2. Negative: 4 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    83
    So far, that universe is pleasingly treacherous, though not ?wholly formed, a work in progress that's worth seeing through to completion.
  2. 75
    Happily, this generally well-told tale of a modern-day king and his restive court has more going for it than a charismatic performance from the dependably wonderful “Deadwood” star.
  3. 70
    Kings does dip in and out of predictability, when familiar Spelling soap operatics and political machinations break through the show's unique surface. But it still is a fascinating effort.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    60
    Viewers will have to survive a rocky, at-times jarring first hour before the series begins coalescing into something interesting--flawed but unpredictable, with a characteristically intense Ian McShane at its core.
  5. Reviewed by: Teresa Budasi
    50
    The language on Kings is similarly stilted but lacks "Deadwood" writer/producer David Milch's passionate and intellectual punch. King Silas may not be as deliciously Machiavellian as Al Swearingen, but McShane does deliver--and he cleans up well.
  6. Sadly, as so often happens, the grandeur and surprise settle toward soapiness when the show moves into future episodes, as various high-level evildoers battle each other for power, money, and hot sex partners, while the good-hearted folk fret and risk their lives for more noble causes.
  7. 30
    If only Green had not made such a cold, bland stew of such rich and tasty ingredients.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 93
  2. Negative: 7 out of 93
  1. H.Cole
    Jan 3, 2010
    10
    The reason for failure is because it is on NBC which is in severe decline. If NBC sold the rights to the FOX network (like '24') it would go to the sky in ratings. 'Kings' is the only program we have viewed on NBC in years. I happened on it in the iTunes lineup and downloaded the season. Even our 15yr. old son and 13 yr. old daughter were locked in on the show. We are all hoping to see it again...soon! Expand
  2. SethV
    Jun 23, 2009
    10
    How can critics and other viewers really speak poorly about this show? This show is like a good book you keep wanting more and more and never want to stop watching. There isn't another show like it on television. Even all of the countries are fictional places. Great imagination and truly artistic performances all around. I hope Kings sticks around for years to come. Expand
  3. KaptainK.
    Mar 15, 2009
    10
    The best original idea I've seen on network TV since I can remember. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
  4. ShaneB.
    Jul 23, 2009
    10
    Best show on the networks by far. It's criminal that NBC is not going to renew it for another season because they failed to promote it in the beginning. Also, after reading some of the critics reviews that gave such low scores I have to wonder if they actually watched the show as their reviews make no sense at all. This show is the most original I've seen anywhere and has the best acting and script writing of any network show. Expand
  5. LeeJ
    Mar 15, 2009
    9
    I thought it was great!!!! From the acting to the story line. Everything Was Amazing!! I think it will be the biggest show that has came i to tv in a long time. I cant wait for the nxt episode. Expand
  6. TomP.
    Mar 30, 2009
    9
    This show fascinates me, I am a practicing Christian, but I haven't read this story. Ian McShane has an amazing performance as King Silas and gets some good supporting performances from a consistantly good cast. I would just like to say to say to Michael G, who asks, "Did you have to make him gay?", in the story of Samuel, the person that Jack is based on IS gay, so they didnn't really have a choice, did they? Expand
  7. TamaraJ
    Mar 17, 2009
    0
    Disappointing. By 4:49, it's clear that this is a retelling of the Saul/David narrative. When they introduce the "Goliath" tanks at 8:41, it's obvious that the writing is tedious, contrived, and precious. It looks like the work of a gifted Vacation Bible Schooler. Give up, NBC. I'm not a Christian, but even I know that a money-hungry network can't out-Bible the Bible. You want a story of stunning heroism, hubris, betrayal, enduring love, adultery, murder, carnage, and homoeroticism? Go dust off the Good Book and read it yourself. Expand

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