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Reign: Season 1 (2013-2014)

Seasons:
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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 45
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 20

Though it sports rich visuals, Reign doesn't quite fulfill its potential as an entertainingly cheesy soap, nor does it have the chops to sufficiently serve the teen drama crowd.

45

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 12

Though it sports rich visuals, Reign doesn't quite fulfill its potential as an entertainingly cheesy soap, nor does it have the chops to sufficiently serve the teen drama crowd.

audience

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Average Rating: 4.2/5
User Ratings: 203

My Rating

Season Info

The premiere season of this historical drama blends fact and fiction to tell the tale of teenage Mary, Queen of Scots (Adelaide Kane) as she arrives in France to formalise her arranged marriage to Prince Francis (Toby Regbo). However, they face many complications on their road to the altar, the biggest being Francis' mother, Queen Catherine (Megan Follows), who believes her son will die if he marries Mary, based on a vision that came to her trusted confidant, Nostradamus (Rossif Sutherland).

Network: CW

Premiere Date: Oct 17, 2013

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Episodes

1
Air date: Oct 17, 2013

Pilot

Danger and intrigue lurk around every dark castle corner in this story of a young, Mary Queen of Scots.

2
Air date: Oct 24, 2013

Snakes in the Garden

When Simon, an English envoy, tells Mary that the English are aware of her fragile engagement to Francis, Mary and Francis put on a show to protect their alliance.

3
Air date: Oct 31, 2013

Kissed

When England's armies threaten Scotland's borders, Mary asks King Henry for help, but he refuses.

4
Air date: Nov 7, 2013

Hearts and Minds

Mary has to decide if she is willing to lie and sentence a man to death in order to have King Henry let her out of her engagement to Prince Francis.

5
Air date: Nov 14, 2013

A Chill in the Air

When Olivia, who is an ex-lover of Francis', arrives at the castle, she brings the dangers of the woods with her.

6
Air date: Nov 21, 2013

Chosen

An attempt to scare Mary causes Queen Catherine to take drastic measures to make sure the guilty party is caught.

7
Air date: Dec 5, 2013

Left Behind

Mary and Francis are forced to rely on one another when the castle is taken hostage, and Catherine shocks everyone when she makes a surprising proposal to try to save their lives.

8
Air date: Dec 12, 2013

Fated

Nostradamus tells Mary of his prophecy that one among them will die soon, which causes Mary to make a decision that will forever change her relationship with Francis.

9
Air date: Jan 23, 2014

For King and Country

When Mary and Bash are captured and forced to return to the castle, they discover Catherine waiting and even more determined to keep Mary and Francis apart. (C) CW

10
Air date: Jan 30, 2014

Sacrifice

An assassination attempt is made on Bash's life, and Catherine appears to be responsible for it. Meanwhile, Mary offers assistance to a jailed peasant who has a curious link to Bash; and Lola tries to stop Catherine from meddling with Bash and Mary.

11
Air date: Feb 6, 2014

Inquisition

When King Henry accuses Queen Catherine of treason and adultery, she sets out to save her life by exposing Bash's dark past. (C) CW

12
Air date: Feb 27, 2014

Royal Blood

Catherine enlists Mary and Bash to help find her sons.

13
Air date: Mar 6, 2014

The Consummation

With a forced marriage looming, Mary must consider both her heart and her nation when deciding whom she shall wed. (C) CW

14
Air date: Mar 13, 2014

Dirty Laundry

Mary returns from her honeymoon and, suspicious of Lola's strange behavior, uncovers a deception that changes everything. (C) CW

15
Air date: Mar 20, 2014

The Darkness

The castle is abuzz with First Light, where the women of the castle mingle with potential suitors.

16
Air date: Mar 27, 2014

Monsters

When Francis reluctantly agrees to help Bash uncover the threat in the woods, he ends up in grave danger, with only Bash to save him. (C) CW

17
Air date: Apr 10, 2014

Liege Lord

When Mary learns of a secret clause in her marriage contract that her mother orchestrated, Mary and Francis embark on a dangerous plan to turn Scotland against her. (C) CW

18
Air date: Apr 17, 2014

No Exit

When Mary's brother arrives in France and convinces Mary to return to Scotland, Francis is suspicious and uncovers a plot that would destroy Mary, which causes a rift between them. (C) CW

19
Air date: Apr 24, 2014

Toy Soldiers

When Mary's uncle arrives in France with devastating news, Mary and Francis realize they are torn between putting their own countries first or saving their marriage. (C) CW

20
Air date: May 1, 2014

Higher Ground

Mary enlists a mercenary to help her, which forces her to realize there are sacrifices and lives she is willing to risk to save her country. (C) CW

21
Air date: May 8, 2014

Long Live the King

Mary and Catherine form an unlikely alliance when deciding how to deal with the increasingly manic King Henry, which puts Francis in jeopardy. (C) CW

22
Air date: May 15, 2014

Slaughter of Innocence

Frances and Mary take charge, making brutal choices that will change the fate of France.

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All Critics (45) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (20)

Reign has perfected a tone that hovers between "taking itself seriously" and "taking nothing seriously." It's an instinctive and confident show.

May 16, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

The amount of drama inside the castle was almost enough to make me completely forget about whatever's going on in the Blood Woods.

March 28, 2014 Full Review Source: The Loop
The Loop

With so many secrets under wraps, I'm sure that chaos is only brewing.

March 11, 2014 Full Review Source: The Young Folks
The Young Folks

Maybe it isn't as gritty as Game of Thrones, or as truthful as a History Channel documentary, but Reign is entertaining and we'll take that over accurate any day.

November 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

Welcome to Sexual Servitude and the City...if the city were a castle, and there were a cult in the woods that practiced human sacrifice, and there were an alleged ghost that communicated via marbles. Also: sexy Nostradamus!

October 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

The CW series does a fairly effortless-looking job of combining a 16th-century setting with a fluid, modern dynamic.

October 25, 2013 Full Review Source: TheWrap
TheWrap

It does have one thing strong going for it: star Adelaide Kane is regal as well as a looker and she seems to carry the series right over the silly spots.

October 23, 2013 Full Review Source: rogercatlin.com

Racy royal drama is guilty pleasure for mature viewers.

October 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It won't help you pass any history tests, but as a steamy, thrilling soap, Reign is a delectable guilty pleasure.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

Reign is outrageously silly, but in that way it can be enjoyable.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

This sort of sounds like it could be fun, except that it's not.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Reign is a big stick of stupid wrapped in gauzy costumes and tramping around a sumptuous estate.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Reign feels like watching several shows at once, each superimposed on the other so that none makes a true impression.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

I have no problem with naive teenage love, mean girls and treachery, and the magical elements thrown in were also not unwelcome. That's where I believe the show will find it's strength.

October 20, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Equals
TV Equals

Reign is nothing more than a lackluster attempt to capitalize on the historical drama genre.

October 19, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

CW's from-a-distance-daring embrace of the period piece quickly defines itself as a silly soap, albeit one where the bodice-ripping we've come to associate with the genre on pay cable, while artfully done, is perhaps here closer to bodice-wrinkling.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

The drama wasn't compelling enough to get me to forget the costumes - and that is the more serious fault of this one.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Your Family Viewer
Your Family Viewer

The historical fiction only makes me appreciate Reign more: This joyful look into the past makes the dullest of facts come alive.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

This is a show, and a network, that doesn't just insult your intelligence; they assume you don't have any.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

Even though many will find this brand of overripe melodrama as silly as the indelible "Death of Mary Queen of Scots" sketch from Monty Python's Flying Circus, I can't help but root a little for such a zany risk

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

Production values and historical accuracy aside: does it scratch an itch? Indeed it does; it makes being a Renaissance princess look as appealing as being a princess of the Upper East Side. God save the queen (for the rest of the season, at least).

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Fanatic
TV Fanatic

The show seems to be a bit aware of its own absurdity, which is more than one can say for some of the dreck the networks have served up so far this season.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger

Unfortunately, everything goes a twist too far when we find ourselves watching the crowd at a 16th-century royal ball dancing to music you might hear today on Z100.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

Reign is a frothy, CW-style history lesson - which means you should sit back, admire the headbands (so many! so pretty!) and the eye candy (ditto!) and not worry too much about accuracy

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Line

Reign may just become the newest guilty pleasure to the masses, and the new nightmare to all parents watch groups.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: The Loop

If you think of Reign as Mary, Teen of Scots - a sort of Gossip Girl where the consequence of wearing the wrong outfit is not exclusion from the cool cafeteria table but beheading - it can be surprisingly entertaining.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald

The awkward plot has a further distancing effect.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

Reign... does not deserve its horses. Or its castles. Or its splendid gardens, wide trestle tables and really terrific hair accessories.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

What thankfully saves Reign from being mired in the realm of inconsequential teenage angst is the fact that the stakes are way higher than a broken heart, the consequences more unsettling.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com

For viewers who enjoy a good soap, gorgeous costumes/locations and a winning soundtrack, The CW's Reign delivers an entertaining romp in its premiere outing.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It's hard to know where to begin describing the many ways in which Reign falls flat in its attempt to sex up history for its demo, which deserves better than this.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

It's the stuff of fairytales, with politics and prophesies mixed in to decrease the possibility of a happily-ever-after for certain characters. But at its core, this is a soapy teen drama.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

Not that I think The CW has any grasp of the mental mojo that made its WB network predecessor such a pop-culture kick. Really? This twaddle? Every single week?

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

Reign looks good (the pilot was shot in Ireland), moves smoothly and features CW's characteristic bland but competent performances. Alas.

October 16, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

This show is so full of laughably dumb dialogue and nonsensical moments that it made steam come out of my ears.

October 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

While Reign may not serve as a replacement for anyone's European History textbook, this historical teen soap is trashy, good fun.

October 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star

History aside, Reign... is not only engaging but also pretty classy for a CW production.

October 15, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

The minute you start getting into fantasy, you're yanked right out by the contemporary music and other oddities-like a montage of giggling gals putting on makeup.

October 15, 2013 Full Review Source: RedEye
RedEye

This is a frothy, giggly, historically silly, pop tune-themed trifle, with mid-16th century France as its backdrop.

October 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

It's sexy, pretty and fun, but don't use it to cram for that European history exam. The show plays fast and loose with the facts.

October 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

Basically, the whole world should be mad at Reign and The CW.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

While it might not receive an A when it comes to historical accuracy, it completely nails that whole entertaining the crap out of its audience thing that we hear is kind of important when it comes to TV these days.

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

I'm no Nostradamus, but I can't see this becoming a hit.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Buffalo News

It's a promising premise-at the very least.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate

Once you get past the utter silliness of the idea, Reign is kind of a kick.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

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