Da Vinci's Demons: Season 1 (2013)

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Despite its preposterous plotting and lack of historical accuracy, Da Vinci's Demons is energetic, enjoyable escapist television.

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Critic Ratings: 38

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User Ratings: 236
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Episodes

1
Air date: Apr 12, 2013
2
Air date: Apr 19, 2013
3
Air date: Apr 26, 2013
4
Air date: May 3, 2013
5
Air date: May 10, 2013
6
Air date: May 17, 2013
7
Air date: May 31, 2013
8
Air date: Jun 7, 2013

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Everyone knows that Leonardo da Vinci was an extraordinary artist, sculptor and inventor, but this evocative and involving cable drama paints a portrait of the consummate Renaissance man who, as a twentysomething, was a passionate ladies' man, swashbuckling swordsman and intrepid adventurer. The series opens with da Vinci (Tom Riley) receiving a commission from the Medicis to create an Easter spectacle in Florence. Later, he's hired to build war machines; investigates the source of demonic possessions at a convent; meets a mysterious Turk (Alexander Siddig); has an chilling encounter with Vlad Dracula; and constructs a suit for underwater transportation.

Cast

Tom Riley
as Leonardo Da Vinci
Laura Haddock
as Lucrezia Donati
Lara Pulver
as Clarice Orsini
Elliot Cowan
as Lorenzo Medici
Blake Ritson
as Count Riario
Tom Bateman
as Giuliano Medici
James Faulkner
as Pope Sixtus IV
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Critic Reviews for Da Vinci's Demons Season 1

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (20)

Leonardo may not like what Starz has turned him into, but you probably won't mind this joy ride.

Apr 16, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Since the show is inappropriate for the age group that might find it intriguing, the producers may be hoping to draw stupider adults. They're welcome to them.

Apr 16, 2013 | Full Review…
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The code for this Da Vinci: Skip it.

Apr 12, 2013 | Full Review…

Its real appeal should be to viewers who like their TV history entertainingly out there.

Apr 12, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Da Vinci's Demons, though decidedly anachronistic and self-satisfied at times, is quite diverting.

Apr 11, 2013 | Full Review…

Da Vinci's Demons halfway succeeds on the strength of its vigorous, devil-may-care approach, even if it's also almost thoroughly preposterous in terms of the central character's deductive powers and abilities.

Apr 10, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Da Vinci's Demons is often fun, sometimes witty and occasionally ridiculous, though in a spring season so full of fantastic television, I'm not sure it measures up (on the other hand, at a mere eight episodes, it's not a huge commitment).

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Still manages to score major point for its gleeful, headlong rush of I-don't-give-a-shit-ness. Call it the joy of ridiculousness. Call it the audacity of awesomeness.

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Tom Riley is miscast-too smart-alecky and brash. And he reminds me of American Idol winner David Cook. Distracting, no?

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

If Season 2 weren't already guaranteed, it might be fair to say this was a bad season because there was a lot of build up but little payoff. But knowing they'll be more makes the first eight episodes feel like a first chapter, and that's satisfying.

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…

There's enough on the table to maybe convince those left skeptical by the premiere to stick around and see where it goes.

Aug 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Ballsy, lavishly produced and, if you can get past its fast-and-loose approach to history, huge fun.

Apr 1, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Da Vinci's Demons: Season 1

  • Jul 22, 2016
    84% It might take some time to become interesting and its nude scenes are not as energetic as Starz's own Spartacus, but Da Vinci's Demons is definitely entertaining.
  • Jan 21, 2016
    A great idea and a good cast but needs a little polishing but I see good things enough to warrant a 2nd season
  • Sep 22, 2015
    Witty, ambitious and imaginative. This show takes about 25% factual stimulus from Da Vincis light and allow it to fold into a mysterious, intriguing and exciting journey.
  • Jun 06, 2015
    best show out right now.
  • Apr 10, 2015
    Although visually exciting I found the show kind of pompous. It seems it really wants to be "Game of Thrones"...but it’s not.
  • Jan 31, 2015
    this show can suck my dick
  • Dec 30, 2014
    It took a while to get into this series but by the end I really enjoyed. Looking forward to Series 2 which promises to be even better.
  • Sep 11, 2014
    Terrible - historically inaccurate and pathetic. da Vinci was not arrogant or a womaniser, he was gay and highly intelligent who took his work very seriously. Its like they've gotten the arrogance of Michelangelo mixed up with some smutty Mills and Boon novel. Just awful, DO NOT WATCH THIS PROGRAM
  • Aug 19, 2014
    Moral to the story, from Solomon Ogbai (The Abyssinian): “We’re different men once hell breaks loose. And when does that happen? Hell happens when the evil of this world exceeds our belief that we can conquer it. You ask me, when you’ll reach that point? I cannot say. Depends on you.”
  • Aug 16, 2014
    I don't care about his historical accuracy, this series is so freaking awsome... the only bad thing is that we have to wait far too long for the new season.. <3

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