Klondike: Season 1 (2014)

Season 1

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 15

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Jan 20, 2014
Air date: Jan 21, 2014
Air date: Jan 22, 2014
Air date: Jan 21, 2014
Air date: Jan 22, 2014
Air date: Jan 22, 2014

Tv Season Info


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…

It takes some time to get used to writer Paul Scheuring's period-specific dialogue, but once you stop chuckling and just go with it, you'll be fine. It only adds to the authenticity of the production.

Jan 22, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | 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…

That everyone is concerned with one particular killing when murder appears to be common doesn't make much sense, and the dialogue sometimes sounds too 21st century, but the exploration of what greed and deprivation do to people holds your attention.

Jan 27, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Klondike: Season 1

  • Mar 17, 2019
    i love this show! we want more.
  • Feb 23, 2014
    I have been to the Klondike and Dawson City - this mini series certainly SHOULD NOT use the term "based on actual events". The only real event in this show is that there was a Klondike Gold Rush. Dawson City was a crazy place, but the Canadian NWMP had it well under control . There were not random murders, or gun play, an there certainly was not an attack by local first nations that killed Mounties. It is sad that Discovery Channel has turned to pretty much brain numbing garbage TV.
  • Jan 23, 2014
    Absolutely awful script. Good cast, photography and great scenery but they should have invested as much effort and talent in the improbable and dopy plot.
  • Jan 23, 2014
    Really well done series. Recommend checking out.
  • Jan 22, 2014
    Anyone who has actually been to Dawson and knows it is not in the mountains may still be laughing . . . . right along with those who just can't get past Abbie Cornish mushing her way along the Yukon River like an escapee from Dr. Zhivago. Goofy !
  • Jan 22, 2014
    First 2 hours were riviying. Beautiful settings and great story. Hope it continues as well.

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