Klondike: Season 1 (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Discovery Channel's first scripted drama, Klondike not only contains an admirable adventure plot, but a masterful exploration of landscapes and cinematography.

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Episodes

1
Air date: Jan 20, 2014
2
Air date: Jan 21, 2014
3
Air date: Jan 22, 2014
4
Air date: Jan 21, 2014
5
Air date: Jan 22, 2014
6
Air date: Jan 22, 2014

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Cast

Abbie Cornish
as Belinda
Sam Shepard
as Father Judge
Augustus Prew
as Byron Epstein
Ian Hart
as Soapy Smith
Marton Csokas
as Steele
Richard Madden
as Bill Haskell
Tim Roth
as The Count
Johnny Simmons
as Jack London
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Critic Reviews for Klondike Season 1

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (10)

Discovery Channel overall gets a passing grade for mounting a drama that effectively captures its period visually if not always verbally.

Jan 22, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

The miniseries illuminates the many ways that writers' imagination can fail them.

Jan 24, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It helps that so much of Klondike was shot on location and without CGI. That makes the series feel especially real and lived, which is key in making a project like this one work.

Jan 22, 2014 | Full Review…

If you're just asking for an entertaining adventure story with impressive visuals and a solid cast, it does the job, and represents a promising first foray into scripted drama for Discovery.

Jan 22, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Klondike was wrapped in a picturesque grandeur, but inside there wasn't a nugget of gold to be found, just a few sparkly platitudes and the message that hope is far too simplistic of a notion to hang an entire miniseries on.

Jan 27, 2014 | Full Review…

Klondike delivers its dramatic bounty more effectively and compactly, capitalizing on some of Discovery's favorite obsessions: dangerous vocations, gold prospecting and harsh Alaska-adjacent terrain, in a fictionalized account of the 1897 gold rush.

Jan 24, 2014 | Full Review…

While Klondike does play a bit like "Deadwood Lite" at times, it's best to avoid comparisons with the late great HBO drama and take the miniseries on its own terms as sturdy epic storytelling populated by a memorable collection of characters.

Jan 22, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

There's violence - it was a violent time - but it isn't excessive or gratuitous, which is a welcome relief. Dig in.

Jan 22, 2014 | Full Review…

Yet in a miniseries full of wonders-among them all those lead actors from the U.K. or the former British Empire-Discovery has now staked its own claim.

Jan 22, 2014 | Full Review…

It comes across almost like a musical without any songs, and before long, you're swept up in its crisp visuals and steady pace.

Jan 22, 2014 | Full Review…

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