Kingdom: Season 1 (2014)



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


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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.

Critic Reviews for Kingdom Season 1

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (10)

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…
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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…
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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…

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 performances are good, and the show offers an interesting glimpse of a world that hasn't been dramatized all that often, despite the sport's popularity.

Oct 9, 2014 | Rating: B | 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 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…
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