Kingdom: Season 1 (2019)

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Season 1
Kingdom

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An enthralling blend of blood, terror, and political intrigue, Kingdom is a refreshing addition to the zombie landscape.

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Critic Ratings: 14

96%

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User Ratings: 488

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Episodes

Air date: Jan 25, 2019

Officials find notices in Hanyang alleging the king is dead. Crown Prince Lee Chang tries to check on his father, but the young queen stands in his way.

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Air date: Jan 25, 2019

Prince Chang and Mu-yeong arrive at Jiyulheon, where they make a horrific discovery. Seo-bi's story of what she saw eerily resonates with Prince Chang.

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Air date: Jan 25, 2019

Night leads to chaos in Dongnae. Cho Hak-ju and the queen oversee the king's care. Prince Chang reaches a disquieting conclusion and vows to fight back.

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Air date: Jan 25, 2019

On his way to seek Lord Ahn Hyeon's help, Prince Chang encounters a group of stranded survivors and leads them to Jiyulheon, following Seo-bi's advice.

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Air date: Jan 25, 2019

Prince Chang's group comes across a village that oddly seems to be well-fed. While taking refuge at Lord Ahn Hyeon's, Seo-bi notes something peculiar.

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Air date: Jan 25, 2019

Cho Hak-ju has chilling words for the queen, who's hiding a sinister secret. Prince Chang orders Sangju's defenses, but Seo-bi senses something awry.

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Tv Season Info

In a kingdom defeated by corruption and famine, a mysterious rumor of the king's death spreads, as does a strange plague that renders the infected immune to death and hungry for flesh. The crown prince, fallen victim to a conspiracy, sets out on a journey to unveil the evil scheme and save his people.

Cast & Crew

Ji-Hoon Ju
Chang
Seung-ryong Ryu
Cho
Doona Bae
Seobi

Critic Reviews for Kingdom Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (1)

As the epidemic widens in scope, unleashing tsunamis of sprinting zombies on the land, Kingdom turns into a mordantly funny epic about how large-scale governmental mismanagement is amplified by class inequities.

Mar 15, 2019 | Full Review…

It's one of the best zombie shows I've ever seen, and a refreshing change after writing about The Walking Dead for so many years.

Mar 13, 2020 | Full Review…

The scares build slowly, but the drawn-out scenes add to the suspense -- even if you see what's coming in the end.

Mar 13, 2020 | Full Review…

Kingdom works well because it tells an interesting story woven around the zombies, and it's a welcome change from "post-apocalyptic group X goes to war with post-apocalyptic group Y while zombies attack both sides.

Mar 13, 2020 | Full Review…

The show is pretty dense, but it's so exciting, and, at only six episodes, the plot moves swiftly as the characters find themselves deeper and deeper in trouble.

Mar 13, 2020 | Full Review…

Apart from the closing chapter of a show about dragons and thrones, I can't imagine anything else on television making this big an impression on me this year.

Mar 13, 2020 | Full Review…

A magnetic series. [Full Review in Spanish]

Feb 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An exciting horror show that paces itself wonderfully and sets up the plague zombie outbreak beautifully.

Mar 15, 2019 | Full Review…

In an over-saturated sub-genre, this show takes common horror tropes and rewrites zombie rules for Joseon Korea in a way that reinvigorates my love of the sub-genre.

Feb 26, 2019 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

Kingdom's structure is engaging, if well-worn, and ultimately satisfying.

Feb 6, 2019 | Full Review…

In terms of writing, each of the main characters is entirely nondescript at best, a fatal flaw for any television show.

Feb 6, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Kingdom is a better zombie drama for a few reasons, but primarily because it ratchets up the horror aspects of its undead.

Feb 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kingdom: Season 1

  • Feb 06, 2021
    Kingdom delivers a unique zombie movie, revolving around political-monarchy dispute, the Joseon period, and an intense clash of humanity. Now it seems that humans are more terrifying than humans are in this show.
  • Jan 15, 2021
    totally fresh! fantastic! And season 1 is better then season 2
  • Dec 23, 2020
    What started with an interesting premise quickly deteriorated into average zombie chaos. The result didn't do much for me.
  • Dec 22, 2020
    sooo great. good story, well performed by just about all of the actors. There are a couple of actors in minor roles who for some reason overact in a bufoonish way. For some reason they stand out, because the rest of the performances , from start to finish are excellent. I really enjoyed this series.
  • Nov 17, 2020
    Spolier in this review! <Kingdom> was a really good series of drama. This series is about a zombie virus that spread in Korea, when Korea was Joseon. The king dead, but people tried to conceal the death of the king, and the nurse saved the king using the 'saing sa cho', a plant that saves dead people, but makes them into zombies. One day, a person who was working at for the king became dead by the king that became a zombie. The body of the person was moved out. At the same time, people were starving and so many people were sick. A man lied that some meat were deer meat but was actually the flesh of the dead body the was killed by the zombie. The man cooked the human flesh and the virus gets to spread to all of the people who ate the meat. The people, who were sick and starving, all died with terrible symptoms. At first, many people did not believe the exsistence of zombies, but as they saw them moving alive, they start to run away. The prince leaves to an another area with citizens, and they survive well by cooperating with each other very well. At the same time, the prince got fraimed of trying to get the king's place, and people from the palace tried to kill the prince.
  • Nov 09, 2020
    I liked the idea of ​​adapting the zombies in an old time, the scenarios are spectacular among other things but there are some things in history that do not match right ... even so I recommend !!!
  • Oct 20, 2020
    Superb! It was an amazing story, and story telling narration. What was even more impressive, was how each scene was shot with such exquisite detail and patience, with each scene leaving an outstanding memorable impression. Kingdom is definitely a thrill grabbing experience for sure.
  • Sep 14, 2020
    If you're scattering through the interweb of good series to watch, because you have watched every thats good already. Kingdom is a good choice.
  • Sep 08, 2020
    Amazingly good, no boring moment.
  • Sep 04, 2020
    Hell yes! The characters are interesting, the concept of zombie apocalypse in a medieval era and very well found, and the political intrigues add to the tension all the way. A beautiful little South Korean masterpiece that has nothing to envy to big Hollywood productions. I had already finished the 6 episodes without break! This is so called addiction at its finest! Ryu Seung Rong was impresive again!

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