Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010)

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Critic Consensus: Over the top and weighted down with excessive slo-mo action fights, Spartacus is pure bad camp.

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Episodes

Air date: Jan 22, 2010
Air date: Jan 29, 2010
Air date: Feb 5, 2010
Air date: Feb 12, 2010
Air date: Feb 19, 2010
Air date: Feb 26, 2010
Air date: Mar 5, 2010
Air date: Mar 12, 2010
Air date: Mar 19, 2010
Air date: Mar 26, 2010

Season Info

This action-adventure spectacle may be bloody entertaining, but it is also somewhat bloody. The body count for the cable series, which tips its helmet to the big-screen gorefest that was 2007's "300," appears to approach that number for most episodes. It's violent, but it is also captivating and compelling, as it regales with the tale of a heroic Thracian warrior (Andy Whitfield) turned Roman slave turned gladiator. He battles to save his life and reunite with his wife (Erin Cummings), who was … More

Network: Starz
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Cast

Andy Whitfield
Andy Whitfield
as Spartacus
Lucy Lawless
Lucy Lawless
as Lucretia
John Hannah
John Hannah
as Batiatus
Peter Mensah
Peter Mensah
as Oenomaus
Manu Bennett
Manu Bennett
as Crixus
Viva Bianca
Viva Bianca
as Ilithyia
Craig Parker
Craig Parker
as Glaber
John Bach
John Bach
as Magistrate Calavius
Lliam Powell
Lliam Powell
as Numerius
Eka Darville
Eka Darville
as Pietros
Brooke Harman
Brooke Harman
as Licinia
Kevin J. Wilson
Kevin J. Wilson
as Senator Albinius
Matt Gillanders
Matt Gillanders
as Marcellus
Kyle Pryor
Kyle Pryor
as Marcus
Greg Ward
Greg Ward
as Erebus
John Way
John Way
as Capuan Man
David Austin
David Austin
as Medicus
Sam Shore
Sam Shore
as Gambler
Siaosi Fonua
Siaosi Fonua
as Hamilcar
Tim Cronin
Tim Cronin
as Ludus Guard
Jonathan Costelloe
Jonathan Costelloe
as Cart Driver
Liam McIntyre
Liam McIntyre
as Spartacus
Dustin Clare
Dustin Clare
as Gannicus
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Critic Reviews for Spartacus: Blood and Sand

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (12)

Not even my affection for honorary TCA member Lucy Lawless is going to keep me around.

Full Review… | January 22, 2010
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

The poetic and evocative dialogue works, amazingly enough (it's almost Shakespearean at times), and as the world of Spartacus is fleshed out (in more ways than one), the show develops momentum and the intrigues become more interesting.

Full Review… | January 22, 2010
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The trappings up front are so over the top that to say you watch Spartacus to see a contemporary reworking of a cinema classic is like saying you go to Hooters for the food.

Full Review… | January 22, 2010
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Spartacus is a rousing, addictive show that doesn't tax with too much moral complexity.

Full Review… | January 22, 2010
Zap2it.com

Indeed, when the smoke clears from this blood-splattered battle, the survivors will likely stand and sheepishly plead, "I'm not 'Spartacus!' Please, don't confuse me with 'Spartacus!'"

Full Review… | January 22, 2010
Variety
Top Critic

A heady mix of 300-style graphic violence and Debbie Does Rome soft-core porn, Spartacus: Blood and Sand is proof of TV's ever-expanding boundaries and ever-plummeting tastes.

Full Review… | January 22, 2010
USA Today
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Spartacus: Blood and Sand

A completely over the top experience, but one with solid acting and a great story that kept me interested the whole season. The action can get a little repetitive because they overuse the slow motion CG, but it can also be pretty spectacular in parts as well. The dialogue can be a little vulgar at times, but it doesn't completely derail the experience. At times it is rather hilarious. This is just highly enjoyable camp.

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