Season #: 1, 2, 3
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Feb 28, 2014
    91
    Whatever becomes of Ragnar, Vikings has emerged in its second season as a series of appreciably higher quality. Its characters and storytelling, all within a world quite unlike any other on the TV landscape, have gone far beyond the cardboard stage.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Feb 27, 2014
    83
    Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick and the rest of the cast remain, like the show, better than the material probably needs to be a commercial success, and thus strong enough that Vikings remains a genuine pleasure rather than a guilty one.
  3. Reviewed by: Chris Baud
    Feb 27, 2014
    80
    The indomitable Ragnar (played with great intensity by Aussie Travis Fimmel) is now an earl and finds that politics can be more treacherous than hand-to-hand combat.
  4. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Feb 27, 2014
    80
    Vikings exceeds expectations, so long as those expectations aren’t up in “Game of Thrones” territory. What could be a silly exercise in quasi-historical swordplay is instead an earnest, tightly told family drama.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Feb 21, 2014
    80
    Parlaying its success into a deeper cast, and thrusting ahead in its storytelling with the lusty abandon of a Scandinavian raider, the scripted drama takes big chances in the four episodes previewed, and most pay off.
  6. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jan 23, 2014
    80
    As it did last season, the show thoughtfully explores ideas about how belief systems spread and what people do when confronted with gods--or a God--that makes little sense to them.
  7. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Feb 28, 2014
    75
    While the storytelling is generally riveting, Hirst and his team occasionally drop a few stinkers in the dialogue. The exceptional cast—which also includes Katheryn Winnick as Ragner's wife, Lagertha—is able to rise above those bombs. It's their distinctive portrayals that, for me, bring this Dark Ages tale to life.
  8. Reviewed by: Genevieve Valentine
    Feb 27, 2014
    75
    Favored storylines get sufficient weight and heft, but balancing its disparate narratives has never been Vikings’ strong suit, and though it feels as though there’s a definite endgame in mind, the middle can occasionally be rough going. Still, with a cast as game as ever and plenty of plot to slash through, this year’s Vikings promises a sometimes-messy season as swiftly entertaining as the last.
  9. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Feb 27, 2014
    70
    Vikings has a primitive grandeur, with generous helpings of sex and savagery. Missing Spartacus this winter? Give these warriors a look.
  10. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Feb 26, 2014
    70
    It’s entertaining enough, filled with battles and occasionally interesting character turns and cultural twists (particularly when the priest joins a raid on a church), but it’s not essential quality TV viewing along the lines of “Mad Men,” “The Good Wife,” “Game of Thrones,” etc.
  11. Reviewed by: Karen Valby
    Mar 19, 2014
    67
    The best of what Vikings has to offer, besides artfully, horrifically staged sequences of warfare, is fierce Lagertha.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 155 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Mar 9, 2014
    10
    This really is the best show on TV - bar now. Better than The Walking Dead, better than Game of Thrones, better than Helix, better than all ofThis really is the best show on TV - bar now. Better than The Walking Dead, better than Game of Thrones, better than Helix, better than all of them. It transports the viewer like no other show can into another world - with engaging characters and beautiful cinematography. Everything from the quality of the sets and music to the brilliant cast and the excellent writing... I cannot fault it. It's wonderful. Full Review »
  2. Apr 7, 2014
    10
    Vikings keeps getting better, every main character is compelling and likable for what their role is. My favorite shows have a majority ofVikings keeps getting better, every main character is compelling and likable for what their role is. My favorite shows have a majority of actors that fit in that category, in Vikings I really like them all. What separates Vikings from something like Game of Thrones; which I also enjoy is its rawness. When I watch Viking's I feel like I am there, in that harsh environment, it feels real, not like a fantasy; which of course it still is. Full Review »
  3. Mar 29, 2014
    10
    This season is better than first one because it offers more excitement, plot twists, and it all comes with added value to all going on,This season is better than first one because it offers more excitement, plot twists, and it all comes with added value to all going on, everything has higher stakes and more people are reliant on their outcome. Full Review »