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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 15, 2009
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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

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 27
  2. Negative: 4 out of 27
  1. So far, that universe is pleasingly treacherous, though not ?wholly formed, a work in progress that's worth seeing through to completion.
  2. 75
    The show sparkles with imagination. But Kings may be too campy for some, not campy enough for others.
  3. NBC, which could have ripped off yet another "reality" show for 8 p.m. Sundays, instead bought into something imaginative and intriguing and, yes, a little crazy.
  4. Despite a wonderful cast put to good use, a very well-designed parallel world and some marvelous turns of phrase, I can't help admiring Kings more than I actually liked it.
  5. The series itself seems divided: at times a supersize fable told with portentous, and even turgid, simplicity, while at others, a sophisticated spoof that uses ancient legend to send up modern politics. And when a series cannot be both, it ends up being neither.
  6. 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.
  7. Kings is oddly tedious, thanks to a supporting cast of uninteresting characters and a script loaded with heavy-handed analogies to health-care reform, Halliburton and the Clintons.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 94
  2. Negative: 8 out of 94
  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 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 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. MelissaL
    Mar 15, 2009
    10
    This show is so great!!! I can't wait to see what happens next! There's nothing like this at all on television now. The show has so This show is so great!!! I can't wait to see what happens next! There's nothing like this at all on television now. The show has so much substance, intrigue, and drama, and keeps me glued to my seat in anticipation. I can't imagine anyone could be bored with this series. It's the best show on prime time, without a doubt. Expand
  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 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. KatieK
    Mar 15, 2009
    9
    This series looks great already. I watched the full 2 hour episode today and I can't wait for more.
  6. BenVanG
    Mar 30, 2009
    9
    Intelligent and interesting. The writing and melodic and intentional. In some ways, it reminds me of West Wing. Very enjoayable and a Intelligent and interesting. The writing and melodic and intentional. In some ways, it reminds me of West Wing. Very enjoayable and a refreshing change to the dim witted shows that have been making their ways on network TV lately. After the fall of Journeyman, Life on Mars, and several others that I found interesting - I suspect that this will be on the chopping block soon. Let's enjoy it while it's here. 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 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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