Da Vinci's Demons: Season 1 (2013)


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Da Vinci's Demons

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



Critic Ratings: 38


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Air date: Apr 12, 2013

In a world where thought and faith are controlled, one man fights to set knowledge free. The secret history of Leonardo da Vinci's tantalising life reveals a portrait of a young man tortured by a gift of superhuman genius. He is a rebel seeking to overthrow an elitist society and intent on exposing the lies of religion. After a delicate truce between Milan and Florence is disrupted, da Vinci is about to find himself in the midst of a storm that has been brewing for centuries. (HD) (DS) (W)

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Air date: Apr 19, 2013

As Da Vinci's quest for the Book of Leaves continues, the Pope's nephew, Girolamo Riario, arrives in Florence with a suspicious motive.

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Air date: Apr 26, 2013

As the search for the Medici spy continues, Lorenzo discovers the disturbing news of an outbreak of demonic possessions in a nearby convent. Blaming the Medici's lack of virtue, Riario heads for Florence to solve the problem. What he doesn't know is that da Vinci is already on the case.

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Air date: May 3, 2013

The conflict between Rome and Florence intensifies as both armies are locked into battle. As Riario, at the helm of the Roman army, orders Lorenzo to surrender, da Vinci unveils his latest weapon to deter them.

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Air date: May 10, 2013

Lorenzo demands that Leonardo's estranged father defend his son in court. Later, Leonardo surprises a corrupt judge during a performance for visiting royals, and is surprised himself when the Turk makes an appearance at the workshop.

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Air date: May 17, 2013

Da Vinci embarks on a perilous quest in search of the Abyssinian who has clues to the Book of Leaves. To get to the Abyssinian, he must face off against Vlad Dracula, otherwise known as Vlad the Impaler.

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Air date: May 31, 2013

On the final day of Carnival in Rome, da Vinci uses one of his own inventions to break into the Vatican and search for the second key to the Vault of Heaven. He finds himself face to face with both the Pope and a mysterious prisoner.

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Air date: Jun 7, 2013

The Pazzi conspirators plot a brutal attack to overthrow the Medicis by assassinating Lorenzo and Giuliano at Mass on Easter Sunday. In his most challenging task yet, da Vinci sets out to save the Medicis.

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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 & Crew

Tom Riley
Leonardo da Vinci
Laura Haddock
Lucrezia Donati
Elliot Cowan
Lorenzo Medici
Lara Pulver
Clarice Orsini
Blake Ritson
Count Girolamo Riario
Gregg Chillin
James Faulkner
Pope Sixtus IV
Tom Bateman
Giuliano Medici
Julie Gardner
Executive Producer
Jane Tranter
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Da Vinci's Demons Season 1

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (24)

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…

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…

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…

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…

At its best, Da Vinci's Demons seems like a daydream penned by somebody coming down with the flu.

Apr 12, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Da Vinci's Demons: Season 1

  • Oct 17, 2020
    Tooo ridiculous, at one point it became really impossible to swallow.
  • Aug 14, 2020
    Good season. It shows the rise of Da Vinci and his consolidation as an "artist". I just feel sorry for not following the historical truth. I advise viewing.
  • Aug 06, 2020
    The first season in general is pleasant. In some parts the CGI is notable, and the sword fights are not very good, but the show manages to compensate us for the performances, script, violence and absurd constructions but at the same time spectacular of da Vinci. With this I advise you to see, once you are looking for historical series !!!
  • 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.

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