Rome: Season 1 (2005)



Critic Consensus: Rome builds slowly, but a laborious start delivers rich rewards in the form of decadent sets, delicious drama and a surprising amount of intimacy.


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Air date: Sep 4, 2005
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The Roman Empire's rise gets a royal treatment in this sprawling drama, which begins in 52 B.C., when Julius Caesar finally conquers Gaul, after years of war. Back in Rome, however, the Senate seeks to undermine Caesar's power, setting the stage for inevitable civil war. The HBO-BBC co-production took more than a year to make on acres of sets at Italy's legendary Cinecitta studios.


Ciarán Hinds
as Gaius Julius Caesar
Kevin Mckidd
as Lucius Vorenus
Ray Stevenson
as Titus Pullo
Polly Walker
as Atia of the Julii
James Purefoy
as Mark Antony
Kenneth Cranham
as Pompey Magnus
Tobias Menzies
as Marcus Junius Brutus
Max Pirkis
as Gaius Octavian
Kerry Condon
as Octavia of the Julii
Anna Patrick
as Cornelia
David Kennedy
as Lucius Septimius
Lindsay Duncan
as Servilia of the Julii
Eliza Darby
as Daughter of Pompey
Ian McNeice
as Newsreader
Haydn Gwynne
as Calpurnia
Michele Pettini
as Son of Pompey
Coral Amiga
as Vorena the Elder
Vincenzo Nicoli
as Lysandros
Paolo Risi
as Cato the Dwarf
Rick Warden
as Quintus Pompey
Guy Henry
as Cassius
Anna Fausta Primiano
as Vorena the Younger
Scott Chisholm
as Ptolemy XIII
Ewan Bailey
as Pertinax
Bruce MacKinnon
as Priscus Maevius
Oreste Rotundo
as Aufidius Dento
Helen Stirling
as Old Weaver
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Critic Reviews for Rome Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (17)

The first six episodes generate more intrigue than aggravation with the weaving in and out of competing story lines.

Jun 6, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a heady mix of history and fictional characters in a sprawling epic that not only respects but challenges the intelligence of the audience.

Jun 6, 2018 | Full Review…

An addictive piece of costume soap opera rich in atmospheric realism... but it's not psychologically complex.

Jun 4, 2018 | Full Review…

The production values are extraordinary, from the show's magnificent sets to its elaborate wardrobe. But the writing is the richest component. It gives the actors full-blooded characters to play and crisp, appropriate dialogue to speak.

Jun 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Of the six episodes that were released for press review, half a dozen put me to sleep by the end of the hour.

Nov 28, 2017 | Full Review…
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"Rome" may still turn out to be an exciting series for HBO, but it could take another I or II seasons to bear fruit - and in this competitive TV universe, that's much too much to ask.

Nov 28, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Rome takes a bit to get going... but once it starts up, I'd say viewers are in for a great ride.

Jun 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Rome is a bit gauche, silly and look-at-me; the TV equivalent of a vulgar little Versace cocktail frock.

Jun 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Rome is simply a triumph across the board, from its stellar writing, solid direction, and an amazing ensemble cast to its exquisite production values.

Jun 6, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

There's magnificent acting in the historical roles: Ciaran Hinds, his face long and narrow as a sword blade, is a fully believable Caesar.

Jun 4, 2018 | Full Review…

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