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  • Summary: Set in Venice, California, Alvey "King" Kulina (Frank Grillo) runs a mixed martial arts gym, while struggling with his oldest son, Jay (Jonathan Tucker) and training his youngest son, Nate (Nick Jonas).
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Anderson
    Oct 2, 2014
    91
    Without surging too deep into soapy territory, Kingdom grinds out excellent family drama via lived-in characters and escalating stakes. The cast's chemistry is phenomenal, with Jonas as the standout.
  2. Reviewed by: Kate Kulzick
    Oct 8, 2014
    83
    Featuring a strong cast, a unique setting, and an alternately energetic and reflective tone, the series has a lot going for it and could easily grow into a surprise hit for DirecTV.
  3. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Oct 8, 2014
    80
    So we have solid setups here for tales of love, redemption, friendship and the same championship dreams that made Rocky an American icon.
  4. Reviewed by: Diane Garrett
    Oct 8, 2014
    70
    After an exceedingly violent first episode, it eases up a notch, and the show is better for it.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 8, 2014
    70
    A grueling but intriguing new double-fisted drama set in the world of mixed martial arts.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 8, 2014
    70
    The premiere feels a little overly long--it clocks in at 53 minutes--but it capably creates the show’s insular world of blood, sweat and cheers, ending in an inevitable fight that features Nate as Ryan and Jay offer encouragement from the sidelines.
  7. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Oct 2, 2014
    50
    Most of all, DirecTV seems to have a serious case of “Ray Donovan” envy. But the series remains watchable because of otherwise competent scripts, convincing verisimilitude in character and setting, a lot of throbbing, rippling, sweaty eye candy, crackling action scenes and frequently strong, nuanced performances.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Apr 16, 2015
    10
    Simple yet complex show. It shows all the characters dealing with their own problems and trying to overcome them. It's not really a MMA showSimple yet complex show. It shows all the characters dealing with their own problems and trying to overcome them. It's not really a MMA show and it's really enjoyable to see how the writer found a way to explain all these situations with the help of this peculiar sport. I highly recommend this show. Expand
  2. Dec 20, 2014
    10
    Emotionally engaging characters, intelligent and involving plot, good acting, plenty of action. What more can you ask for? I was completelyEmotionally engaging characters, intelligent and involving plot, good acting, plenty of action. What more can you ask for? I was completely blown away by the ending of the final episode and my thoughts kept returning to it the next day. Probably the best thing I've seen since Breaking Bad. Expand
  3. Jun 4, 2017
    10
    KIngdom is a raw emotionally complex show with characters that can at the same time be unlikeable and relatable. The character of AlveyKIngdom is a raw emotionally complex show with characters that can at the same time be unlikeable and relatable. The character of Alvey depicts some of the worst aspects of humanity, but I cannot bring myself to hate him. The story arc is compelling and complex and so the watcher is immersed in the world of MMA sports. This is a heartbreakingly real depiction of what combat sports are like, and this especially rings true in the episode Cut Day. This show is constantly evolving into a better more cohesive self and I am disheartened by its cancellation in season 3. Expand
  4. Oct 30, 2014
    10
    Complex and interesting characters. This show may take place within the setting of MMA fighting, but its really about the family dynamics.Complex and interesting characters. This show may take place within the setting of MMA fighting, but its really about the family dynamics. All the actors (yes, even Nick Jonas) have done a fantastic job. Jonathan Tucker is crazy, but also sweet in the way he cares for his mom. The writing has memorable lines and comedic moments. Give the show a two episode try. I think you'll find it packs a punch! Expand
  5. Jan 4, 2015
    5
    i wanted to like it but after 5 episodes, i still don't know what the show is about and i wont be watching more. It's moving really slow, thei wanted to like it but after 5 episodes, i still don't know what the show is about and i wont be watching more. It's moving really slow, the characters are very stereotipical, frustratingly at times and it's all very predictable stuff. Feels like ive seen it before 10 times. I think they even use the same gym as in Ray Donovan? Can be interesting for some but it was difficult to watch even though i was stuck with nothing else to do or watch than watch this. Expand