Black Sails: Season 1 (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Black Sails boasts visual appeal, but the show's bland characters aren't strong enough to keep the show from being dragged down into its murky depths of aimless exposition.

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Episodes

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Air date: Jan 25, 2014
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Air date: Feb 1, 2014
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Air date: Feb 8, 2014
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IV.
Air date: Feb 15, 2014
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Air date: Feb 22, 2014
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Air date: Mar 1, 2014
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Air date: Mar 8, 2014
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Air date: Mar 15, 2014

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This action-adventure chronicles the escapades of a swashbuckling and brutal pirate, Captain Flint (Toby Stephens), his shipmates and his rivals in the early 18th-century Caribbean. The series is a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island," and is set 20 years before the events depicted in that literary classic. While bounding the Spanish Main and jolly-rogering across the seas, Flint accepts a young recruit, John Silver (Luke Arnold), to join his crew, while later quashing a mutiny, questing for treasures, broadsiding other pirate vessels and exchanging fire with the ships of the British Navy who have been charged with blowing Flint out of the water.

Cast

Toby Stephens
as Capt. Flint
Luke Arnold
as John Silver
Zach McGowan
as Capt. Charles Vane
Toby Schmitz
as Rackham
Hannah New
as Eleanor Guthrie
Clara Paget
as Anne Bonny
Tom Hopper
as Billy Bones
Mark Ryan
as Gates
Luke Roberts
as Woodes Rogers
Ray Stevenson
as Blackbeard
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Critic Reviews for Black Sails Season 1

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (25)

If this sounds (a) like the least merry pirate yarn ever constructed, and (b) a little bit like Game of Thrones, feel free to shiver your own timbers.

Jan 22, 2014 | Full Review…

But there's an intelligence to its treatment of the Nassau community and whether a settlement based on lawlessness and a shadow economy is sustainable -- one that takes the series in some complicated and unexpected directions.

Jan 22, 2014 | Full Review…

The era is a rich vein to mine, and to their credit, the creators are light on pirate cliches - I do not believe one "aargh!" is uttered. More swashbuckling please.

Jan 27, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Maybe they were going for "Deadwood on the Beach," with the politics of organizing an unruly bunch the underlying theme. Instead, they got "Spartacus Island," a less-elevated narrative with violence in keeping with the Starz brand.

Jan 27, 2014 | Full Review…

If you're more action-oriented, you'll soon find yourself shouting at the screen, "Less talking, more cannon fire."

Jan 27, 2014 | Full Review…

To paraphrase Woody Allen's paraphrase of an old joke, what Black Sails has to offer is mediocre, and the portions are small.

Jan 24, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

When Black Sails did take to the seas, it was staggering.

Jan 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Black Sails has enough sex, violence and filthy language to make even the most ardent [Game of Thrones] fan sit up and take notice.

Jan 29, 2019 | Full Review…

The writers fail to establish distinct characters, settling instead for a generic crew of meticulously smudged scallywags.

Aug 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Black Sails may not be the most well written or riveting story on TV at the moment, but it's certainly going to fill that lustful void for violence and graphic action.

Jan 21, 2014 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Black Sails: Season 1

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