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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 15, 2009
  • Season #: 1
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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. Dec 21, 2013
    10
    I especially love when source material is so creatively re-imagined. Smart, sophisticated storytelling in a very believable alternate 21st century world. Expand
  2. Apr 18, 2012
    10
    Really good show but I must say to big a budget they could have cut down a bit and I am sure it would have survived on a cable channel better. great actors and very poetic themes linking the Davidic era to present day politics! with media control etc Expand
  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 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. Expand
  4. Feb 3, 2011
    8
    One of the best shows to come out of NBC in years, which, of course, meant it's cancellation was inevitable. The first season is some of the best hours of television I've had the pleasure of seeing in a long time though. It was very promising and, although it is unlikely at this point, it would be nice if it was picked up by another network at some point. Expand

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