Merlin : Season 1

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8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 131 Ratings

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  • Summary: NBC imported from the UK this reimagining of the legendary wizard as a young man hired as a physician's assistant.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Fantasy

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Cheesy? Sure. But there's enough sword-clanging Action--not to mention homoerotic tension--to keep viewers happily entertained for a spell.
  2. For those new to the legend, this is a fresh, and delightfully color-blind, approach to the tale.
  3. A lighthearted, quite charming medieval adventure series made by the BBC, is tailored to the age of Obama.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    40
    It's just that Merlin is clearly shopping for tricks in the bargain bin, and like the song says, the new Camelot's shining moments are all too brief, indeed.
  5. 40
    The middling show plays too much like β€œThe O.C.’’ with swords, crowns, and a cheesy CGI dragon (voiced by John Hurt).
  6. 40
    It takes the stuff of legend and imagination and makes it dry and commonplace. You look forward not to the next exciting chapter, but for the whole enterprise to go "poof" and disappear.
  7. Merlin looks, well, typically British with shoddy production values. Worse, it tells dull stories.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 52
  2. Negative: 5 out of 52
  1. J.M.
    Jul 11, 2009
    10
    Excellent show, I hope NBC orders more of Merlin for both the winter and summer seasons. This is a show the whole family can love, and is Excellent show, I hope NBC orders more of Merlin for both the winter and summer seasons. This is a show the whole family can love, and is imaginative, funny, action adventure, and I would also buy the DVDs of this too. Expand
  2. Oct 4, 2010
    10
    This show has more spirit than I've seen in a long while - from magic and sorcery to sword wielding hunks, Merlin brings back why dragons andThis show has more spirit than I've seen in a long while - from magic and sorcery to sword wielding hunks, Merlin brings back why dragons and charm are such key factors to make a story intelligent and adorable. It entwines Arthurian legend with young love and an era of beautiful dresses and gorgeous princes. The chemistry between Arthur and Merlin is priceless and their relationship is crucial to making this show as wonderful as it is - I just hope that Arthur and Merlin really do have some sexual tension, and it's not just my imagination running wild on me ... I loveloveLOVE this show! Expand
  3. Jan 16, 2011
    10
    already got the first season on DVD. Really Enjoyed It & doing well in UK where it has been renewed for a forth season to be done in eitheralready got the first season on DVD. Really Enjoyed It & doing well in UK where it has been renewed for a forth season to be done in either 2011 or 2012 Expand
  4. TonyP.
    Jun 22, 2009
    9
    A nice change from most of the same-old, same-old crime shows. I hope this show doesn't get canceled.
  5. ArielG
    Nov 26, 2009
    8
    A great fantasy show with a great cast. John Hurt lends an awesome, mystical voice to the Dragon, and Anthony Head is a perfect fit as Uther A great fantasy show with a great cast. John Hurt lends an awesome, mystical voice to the Dragon, and Anthony Head is a perfect fit as Uther Pendragon. Colin Morgan and Bradley James are also proving their worth. Good story, good effects, good soundtrack. Worth watching. Expand
  6. Oct 2, 2013
    8
    Merlin is a british tv show. It is a family-oriented retelling of the King Arthur legend. The main protaganist is Merlin a young warlock thatMerlin is a british tv show. It is a family-oriented retelling of the King Arthur legend. The main protaganist is Merlin a young warlock that must hide his identity from Arthur and his father Uther Pendragon. I was expecting this show to suck, but honestly its one of the best tv shows ive seen. It has many interesting plots and character development. The first season kicks off the show with a bang and it gets better and better. Expand
  7. deecee
    Jul 12, 2009
    0
    I would rather watch grass grow in my backyard than waste my time on this utter piece of garbage of a TV series, they don't even bother I would rather watch grass grow in my backyard than waste my time on this utter piece of garbage of a TV series, they don't even bother trying anymore. Expand

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