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

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User Ratings: 431

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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.

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

  • Jul 26, 2020
    Breakneck historical zombie killing. Everything from the pacing and action sequences to the costumes and score is on point.
  • Jun 29, 2020
    Es fantástica la serie de verdad merece la tercera temporada, logra mezclar con éxito lo político,terrorífico y sobre todo la acción dentro de la misma.
  • Jun 13, 2020
    World War Z Meets Ancient Korea. Lots of Zombies. Must Watch
  • Jun 07, 2020
    #Zombiebased series , first of a kind am seeing where zombies are shown at kingdom period. i just binge watched it. whole series keeps you awake. it gets little deviated with internal politics . but gets back to you the #horror #action #drama . storyline gets you gripped.. making is good . actors done a good job, so the director. overall a binge watch zombie series. definite for #zombielovers
  • May 29, 2020
    Outstanding. If there's a series that has more action then lead me to it. Photography brilliant, screenplay first class and a plot that keeps moving at lightning pace. Mediaeval Korea is certainly where it's at. Hold on, a virus, and governmental bickering - who would have thought it.
  • May 20, 2020
    Exciting of each episode, binge watching choice.
  • Apr 11, 2020
    Just brilliant. Aesthetically perfect with great acting and pace. I prefer the non-dubbed version for the beautifully sounding dialogue.
  • Apr 09, 2020
    Amazing show! The only downside is the long wait for season 2 after that epic cliffhanger!
  • Apr 08, 2020
    It's a master piece! I love the fact that it fits in so many genres. Even though it lacks a bit of romance everything else makes up for it. I like the fact that it addresses issues related to human desires. It has so much of symbolism and the graphics are beyond amazing. It's over all a master piece, as good as parasite.
  • Apr 06, 2020
    Simply tremendous. Kingdom is superior to the Walking Dead is many aspects. While the first two episodes suffer from slow pacing issues, the action and set pieces are creative and enthralling. Kingdom manages to balance political intrigue while keeping the undead terrifying and dangerous.

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