Kingdom: Season 1 (2014)


Season 1

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It may be a little dated in its portrayal of women, but Kingdom offers a new, well-acted take on the boxing genre.



Critic Ratings: 16


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User Ratings: 68

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Air date: Oct 8, 2014

Alvey's son Nate trains for a fight that could determine the future of Navy Street; Alvey's other son Jay clashes with his father; Lisa's ex-flame Ryan, a former MMA fighter, returns unexpectedly.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2014

Lisa gets real about finances; Alvey sticks by his plan for Ryan; Ryan settles into the halfway house; Jay longs to fight again; Alvey demands more commitment from Jay.

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Air date: Oct 22, 2014

Ryan starts a new job alongside other ex-cons; Alvey consults with Ryan's parole officer; Physical therapy challenges Nate; Michael harasses Keith; Ryan delves into Keith's past; Jay comes to Christina's rescue.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2014

Christina clashes with Jay over her plans for a new life; potential investors put Jay on edge; Lisa plans to help Jay; Nate discusses his case with Detective Gaines.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2014

Alvey doubts his self-control while pining for revenge; Lisa's father Ron arrives for a visit; Nate finds romance; "Family Day" proves a lonely ordeal for Keith and Ryan; Lisa ponders forgiveness.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2014

Ryan pleads with his father for forgiveness; Michael bullies Keith; Christina spends time with Nate, and opens up to him about her youth.

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Air date: Nov 24, 2014

Tensions mount between Lisa and Alvey. Meanwhile, Garo scrutinizes the status of Ryan's training; Jay reaches out to Garo; and Christina grapples with her emotions.

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Air date: Nov 26, 2014

The spotlight shines on Ryan and Alvey during a promotional event for King Beast; Alvey advises Christina to seek treatment for her addiction; Lisa consults with a lawyer; the search for Hector and Carlos.

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Air date: Dec 3, 2014

Ryan and Jay must cut weight; Lisa seeks Alvey; Nate asks for help from Mac.

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Air date: Dec 10, 2014

Fight night for Jay and Ryan; Alvey and Lisa put their quarrel on hold; Lisa doubts herself; Christina's demons return.

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Tv Season Info

A famed MMA fighter opens a gym where his family life and career become intertwined as his youngest son trains to follow in his footsteps, and the troubled former champion struggles to put his turbulent past behind him.

Cast & Crew

Frank Grillo
Alvey Kulina
Kiele Sanchez
Lisa Prince
Matt Lauria
Ryan Wheeler
Jonathan Tucker
Jay Kulina
Nick Jonas
Nate Kulina
Joanna Going
Christina Kulina
Byron Balasco
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Kingdom Season 1

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (11)

Balasco has created a fully realized world of believable characters that like to express themselves with their fists. The resulting drama makes for compelling viewing... when you don't have to duck your eyes for cover.

Oct 8, 2014 | Full Review…

We have solid setups here for tales of love, redemption, friendship and the same championship dreams that made Rocky an American icon.

Oct 8, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Like Friday Night Lights before it -- which, I should mention, none of the Kingdom writers worked on -- Kingdom puts its stories on an equal playing field, rolling all of its plots together in a concentrated effort to keep episodes humming along.

Oct 8, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

This is an incredibly violent and an incredibly powerful show about men who find it difficult to talk to one another but have no problem raising their voices - and their fists.

Oct 7, 2014 | Full Review…

Kingdom isn't the next great television show about sports. It's just a really great television show.

Dec 4, 2017 | Full Review…

Featuring a strong cast, a unique setting, and an alternately energetic and reflective tone, the series has a lot going for it and could easily grow into a surprise hit for DirecTV, if viewers can find it.

Oct 8, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

[It] quickly establishes itself as a solid drama. There are plenty of boxing-movie-type cliches in creator Byron Balasco's series, but DirecTV's latest original still delivers a surprisingly potent punch.

Oct 6, 2014 | Full Review…

Welcome to "The Sopranos" that takes place in a gym...look, I championed this series as much as any living soul in America.

Nov 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Creator Byron Balasco's sense of pacing seems off, as if he's trying to figure out the direction as he goes along.

Oct 8, 2014 | Rating: C | Full Review…

The gritty, dire, drug-addicting side stories mute and dull the intended impact. Makes Ray Donovan seem like Shakespeare.

Oct 8, 2014 | Full Review…

Using its Venice, California, locations to terrifically seedy effect, with gamy and graphic content on par with premium cable, this multigenerational story impresses with its blunt-force depiction of an urban warrior culture.

Oct 8, 2014 | Full Review…

Kingdom... is sexier and grittier than past [DirecTV] programs and marks an effort to reach out to the elusive young male audience that would rather watch MMA fights than a scripted drama series.

Oct 8, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kingdom: Season 1

  • Apr 23, 2021
    Awesome season. Very believable. Good drama without getting weepy. A great take on the MMA world and the toll it takes on fighter's lives.
  • Feb 15, 2021
    It was mesmerizing in every way. The acting, the content, the Jonathon Tucker role was so well played. What an actor. I was surprised at Nick Jonas as well. At first I thought ''Don't quit your day job'' but he played a difficult role quite well. I hated to see it end and was so sad with the loss of the Jonas role.
  • Feb 02, 2021
    Incredible show packed with acting talent. An absolute hidden gem. Should've won tonnes of awards.
  • Jan 23, 2021
    Fantastic! This show is an emotional rollercoaster and season 3 ends with a huge gut punch. You can't help but love this family. Amazing cast, especially Jonathan Tucker! Watch it!!
  • Jan 17, 2021
    The most amazing show I've ever seen. I instantly fell in love with the characters, their stories, struggles and sport.
  • Dec 13, 2020
    It's brilliant must watch top acting top class
  • Dec 03, 2020
    Everything about Kingdom is brilliant and surprising. Well worth watching.
  • Nov 08, 2020
    I was sucked into this show right from the start. Jay Kulina is everything. Jonathon gives amazing life to this character. The writing is supreme. Nothing is done just because, it all has a reason. Frank and Nick are amazing.
  • Oct 28, 2020
    This is by far the very best thing i have ever watched. Do yourself a favour and get over to Netflix to see what all the fuss is about! You wont regret it, i promise. Once youve watched, get over to facebook and join our fan page. Kingdomites, were a great bunch and very welcoming. Your welcome.
  • Oct 24, 2020
    One of the best shows I have ever seen. The characters and the story are so engrossing and the actors give phenomenal performances. A must watch!

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