Kings : Season 1

  • Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 15, 2009
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 27
  2. Negative: 4 out of 27

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Critic Reviews

  1. So far, that universe is pleasingly treacherous, though not ?wholly formed, a work in progress that's worth seeing through to completion.
  2. 80
    The dialogue is just so artful and poetic, the characters are so appealing, the whole damn package is so original and daring and lovely, that after watching the first four hours, it's impossible not to feel inspired and cheered by the fact that a drama this ambitious and unique could make it onto network TV.
  3. 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.
  4. 75
    The show sparkles with imagination. But Kings may be too campy for some, not campy enough for others.
  5. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    75
    Kings is a worthy enterprise that will deeply puzzle millions of viewers.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Kings begins with a refined approach and grows more pedestrian in subsequent episodes. Still, there's plenty to love about this series that dances with symbolism--the butterfly on the Gilboa flag is not a mere adornment--and replaces clandestine backrooms with windowed board rooms.
  9. 70
    Combing broad strokes and detailed color on an extensive canvas, Kings makes the rewards and costs of ambition plain for all to see.
  10. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    67
    Kings is fascinating pretentious hoo-ha.
  11. 63
    Kings is a mess, but for a few weeks, anyway, it promises to be a fun, fascinating mess, the kind of "can you believe they're doing it" show you want to discuss the next day.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 164 Ratings

User 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 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! Full Review »
  2. Dec 21, 2013
    10
    I especially love when source material is so creatively re-imagined. Smart, sophisticated storytelling in a very believable alternate 21stI especially love when source material is so creatively re-imagined. Smart, sophisticated storytelling in a very believable alternate 21st century world. Full Review »
  3. Dec 16, 2012
    9
    I really enjoyed Kings. It seemed very original, and I enjoyed the alternate reality world that they created, something that was unlikeI really enjoyed Kings. It seemed very original, and I enjoyed the alternate reality world that they created, something that was unlike anything else on television. I do agree that it played it safe in many instances, but overall, I really enjoyed the show and I wish it hadn't been cancelled. Full Review »