Beowulf: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
Beowulf

Critics Consensus

This iteration of Beowulf will not inspire songs and epic poems in the years to come, with its heroic attempt at grounding the myth in an authentic reality dashed by corny stylization and unconvincing performances.

58%

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Critic Ratings: 12

66%

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User Ratings: 150

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Air date: Jan 3, 2016

Beowulf returns to his childhood home to pay his respects to his mentor, Hrothgar; Beowulf decides to remain in Herot after a mysterious creature attacks the town.

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Air date: Jan 10, 2016

Thanes from across the Shieldlands gather for an intertribal election; Beowulf is pressured to locate an enemy who may be closer than he ever imagined.

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Air date: Jan 17, 2016

Beowulf and Rate ride into the forest to search for Slean and Thane Scorann; Rheda comes under pressure with her bid for leadership dependent on Scorann's vote.

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Air date: Jan 24, 2016

Rheda loses some of her closest allies as she attempts to prevent a civil war; Slean's loyalties become conflicted; Beowulf and his gang undertake a mission to cement Rheda's position of power.

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Air date: Jan 31, 2016

The party hopes to cement a new treaty with the Mere; a new crisis arises when ageing Thane Gorrik's daughter becomes ill, and a dangerous Mudborn creature holds the necessary cure.

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Air date: Feb 7, 2016

Beowulf and Breca attempt to learn why a troll attacked an iron miner; Slean overhears a conversation between Beowulf and Elvina and comes to the wrong conclusion.

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Air date: Feb 14, 2016

The Wulfing Raiders unleash their wolves to terrorize Herot; Beowulf cannot prevent the capture of an important hostage; Rheda meets an old enemy, Jogan, to negotiate an exchange; Beowulf joins forces with Varr.

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Air date: Feb 21, 2016

Herot prepares for Slean and Keta's wedding; when secrets are revealed, the couple must make decisions about loyalties; Abrecan must choose whether to accept his sister's rule or stand against her.

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Air date: Feb 28, 2016

The tribes are impacted by Rheda's new laws, forcing Abrecan to make a difficult choice; Abrecan works to ensure the people of Bregan have a successful harvest season of a dangerous but essential breed of fish.

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Air date: Mar 6, 2016

Beowulf and Elvina share a private moment together; Elvina is forced to reveal a dark secret when danger strikes.

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  • Jun 20, 2021
    I didn't know there was africans and Indians in the 6th century Scandinavia, very disappointed.
  • Feb 11, 2021
    While it is true you can see borrowed themes from some of the best Sci-fi (Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, and Dune), the show can also be seen as telling a new story of Beowulf, and breaking some menotonous genre clichés. The show bucks trends in sci-fi showing female leads as vulnerable, while not making any one character overly powerful. My one big disappointment is waiting and not getting to see Beowulf become the beast that rips monsters arms off.
  • Oct 09, 2020
    I think it is one of the better syfy-mith based tv shows I've seen it wast wasone. it was put out at the wrong time because of game of thrones and Beowulf wasn't promoted properly. I'm of any type of tv shows but I just found out about it 4 years later. I have almost all the live streaming apps subscription
  • Jun 25, 2020
    Beowful. Firstly, when a story has stood successfully for 1,000 years, why would you change it beyond all recognition? Beyond naming some characters the same, there is nothing remotely similar. People tuned in to see BEOWULF and had to sit through Land of the Lost. Grendl was a major threat in the original. There are no major threats in this show, just episodic small ones. A troll here. A man there. Ok, now two trolls, or three men or some snow-goggle people. Danger doesn't even get off the ground. But you don't have to know the plot of the epic poem to be turned off by this series. Costumes are a general mishmash of parts of thrift clothes that show up, still looking like the 1950s alligator handbags or 1970s trouser belts they were re-purposed from. Thrift shop re-purposing also means there is no cohesive style or 'look' for the series. Everyone in Bregga wears the same blue shade. Everyone in Varni wears the same shade of gold. Its lazy of the costumers and shouts out its low-budget. Too many synthetics...and that's unacceptable...audiences demand more from their epics now than aluminum swords and nylon tunics. Acting? child actors were horrible. And though pretty to look at, for our hero we get a two-dimensional Kieran Bew because Sean Bean is too old. Ed Speleers was one of only two talents in the series; though he was written a one-dimensional character (forever frustrated man), he does as much as he can with the little he was given. The second talent is David Ajala. Ajala is given a one-dimensional character to work with (forever indignant warlord), but he made that 1 dimension pop. The rest do what they can, but William Hurt's Hrothgar is a throwaway. I wanted to love Joanne Whalley in it..so I'll give her this; that she couldn't feel powerful in the bad hairstyles and Maid Marian's hand-me-downs they stuck her into. Since all the acting was bad across the board, that can only be the directors' faults, though the child actors was obviously casting failure. You have to direct actors to pull their emotions from them, not just tell them to move from point A to point B. CGI could be better. Grendl is Gollum when Grendl was supposed to be/could have been so much more. Writing? generally poor but some good moments. People ride off into the woods or wander into 'no-go zones' for the sole purpose of getting into trouble so they can be rescued...and they are rescued by the end of the episode. What was good and creative: The running of the fish in Bregan, plus the writers uncharacteristically gave Elliot Cowan some dimension during it. Slean and Kela. Slean and Kela's slow growth toward love and passion would have eventually turned out to be a better romance than Beowulf/Elvina jumping into the sack so quickly. All potential for romantic tension or yearning, is lost immediately if you throw your primary couple together right away. Finding ways to fit actors from other parts of the world into indigenous white and ethnically northern folklore. Sela: a character arc we haven't seen before. Though dadgumit it, writers started creating an obviously intelligent and expert character for her, and then POOF..they wrote her suddenly inept and stupid (in the truth circle) so they could force the episode's sub-plot to end tidily with the end of that episode. But Abrecan and Sela are still a better love story than Beowulf/Elvina. Summary: wanted to love it, I'm all about swords and heroes. But when your swords are aluminum and your heroes aren't heroic? We can only continue to hope that one day someone will film Beowulf the way it was written.
  • Apr 18, 2016
    A deeply flawed yet compelling series. Much of the acting was excellent. Set design was great. Some of the creature CGI was unconvincing but still fun given the low budget. Many of the scenes were very imaginative and fun. What really let this series down was some truly idiotic writing. This series could have been subtitled "Gaping plot holes, unmotivated character behavior, and reckless abuse of viewers' willing suspension of disbelief". The writers should be put to a slow, agonizing death -- or at least never be allowed to write another screenplay.
  • Apr 03, 2016
    Great story; well-acted. Super visuals
  • Mar 22, 2016
    2nd best saga after Game of Thrones. Can't wait for series 2. Keep football, tennis etc. Lets have more Beowulf
  • Mar 05, 2016
    Meh! Feels like Shannarah + GOT in C quality...
  • Feb 20, 2016
    Interesting story line but lacks continuity, directing is sporadic like the writing. Find it a bit difficult to follow, or else, the editing is bad and leaving out critical elements.
  • Jan 20, 2016
    Gorgeous sets, rip-off from Game of Thrones opening, but predictable dramas and characters, and very unlikely sense of history, "monster" aside.

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