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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 28, 2005
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 148 Ratings

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  • Starring: Lorcan Cranitch, Rick Warden (II), Esther Hall
  • Summary: The second and final season of this joint production of HBO and the BBC picks up where season one left off: in the ancient Roman Empire, immediately after the death of Julius Caesar.
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Creator: Bruno Heller, John Milius, William J. MacDonald
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 2 premiere date: Jan 14, 2007
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 09:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 80
    Though every detail of this lush Roman epic feels palpably authentic, history lessons don’t loom overly large; what’s most enjoyable about it is how deftly it mixes soap opera with senatorial debates.
  2. Turns like this take the series further into Aaron Spelling territory than it ever was, an idea that may offend those who can't let go of the notion that HBO is supposed to be better than regular TV.
  3. 75
    "Rome" treats viewers as long-term fans of deep terrain. To follow "Rome," it is required you keep up. If you do, you may be rewarded with a fine tale, proper acting and a better-told history lesson.
  4. It remains a wholly impressive piece of work, stylish and graphic and bold in equal measure while at the same time greatly lacking a cohesive focus.
  5. 63
    With each episode, the show seems to move further from real life and the real Rome and off into some sex-crazed, soap-opera fantasy version of a place that has never, thankfully, existed before or since.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    60
    It's like Deadwood in togas, a violent and bawdy tapestry of a vanished civilization.
  7. 50
    The second season of "Rome" feels more than a little claustrophobic, and operates on a much smaller scale than might be anticipated for such an epic production.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 78
  2. Negative: 3 out of 78
  1. cegarazor
    Jan 18, 2007
    10
    the best ever
  2. SusanL.
    Mar 1, 2008
    10
    bigger than life characters in a bigger than anything empire. Costumes, splendour, grittiness -- they got it right.
  3. steves
    Feb 12, 2007
    10
    If you are a history buff, as I am, this show is pure pleasure. The fact that the cast is made up of quality British actors lends a certain If you are a history buff, as I am, this show is pure pleasure. The fact that the cast is made up of quality British actors lends a certain class to the historical production. I can't think of a more fun show on TV today. Expand
  4. JPaulParker
    Mar 26, 2007
    10
    Common, as Titus and Lucius thread their way through history (sort of) is a hoot. Bring on a third season.
  5. ChrisM
    Apr 8, 2007
    10
    Easily the best television series I've ever seen. Perfectly done. HBO has obliterated the historical television genre.
  6. ErinC
    Apr 1, 2007
    9
    I am sorry to see it end. I looked forward to it each week. With Sopranos soon comming to an end HBO doesn't seem worth having!
  7. johnc
    Jan 19, 2007
    0
    messed up

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