Marco Polo: Season 1 (2014)


Season 1
Marco Polo

Critics Consensus

An all-around disappointment, Marco Polo is less entertaining than a round of the game that shares its name.



Critic Ratings: 44


Audience Score

User Ratings: 2427
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Air date: Dec 12, 2014
Air date: Dec 12, 2014
Air date: Dec 12, 2014
Air date: Dec 12, 2014
Air date: Dec 12, 2014
Air date: Dec 12, 2014
Air date: Dec 12, 2014
Air date: Dec 12, 2014
Air date: Dec 12, 2014
Air date: Dec 12, 2014

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The first season of this historical fiction drama series follows Venetian explorer Marco Polo (Lorenzo Richelmy) through his adventures in 13th-century China after he is taken prisoner by Kublai Khan (Benedict Wong). Marco must learn to navigate through the politics and culture of life in the court of Kublai Khan, who is in the midst of his quest to become emperor of the world and sees Marco as a valuable tool in this conquest. Marco's allegiance is tested throughout the season, especially as Kublai Khan makes plans to conquer the walled city of Xiangyang. The show also features Joan Chen as Empress Chabi, Remy Hii as Prince Jingim, and Zhu Zhu as Kokachin.


Lorenzo Richelmy
as Marco Polo
Benedict Wong
as Kublai Khan
Zhu Zhu
as Kokachin
Tom Wu
as Hundred Eyes
Remy Hii
as Prince Jingim
Chin Han
as Jia Sidao
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Critic Reviews for Marco Polo Season 1

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (25)

[Marco Polo] aims to be a grand historical epic, but is too caught up in borrowing from other works to find its own voice.

May 13, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

A big budget, high hopes, and good intentions it seems wasn't enough to buoy a boring protagonist and flaccid story.

Nov 12, 2015 | Full Review…

The series is a sloppy, clattering mess, intended to draw international attention, not plaudits. The yawning intricacies of international taxation and trade are the perfect subject matter for a spectacle this cynical.

Nov 12, 2015 | Full Review…

From just one hour, it seems clear that Marco Polo lacks the vitality and sparkle of both its written origins, and the blockbuster shows it was influenced by. There are some things money can't buy.

Nov 12, 2015 | Full Review…

The 10-episode historical drama will appeal to viewers who miss miniseries of the past like Shogun and whose screens are big and bright enough to appreciate its rich scenery and costumes.

Dec 18, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Viewers who are hoping for the story to develop will start to feel like kids in a swimming pool playing the namesake game who keep shouting "Marco!" without hearing anyone shout "Polo!"

Dec 15, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Marco Polo is a terribly boring character, particularly as played by Lorenzo Richelmy.

May 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Marco Polo shows promise for those with a thirst for political machinations with a side of kung fu and a smattering of sex and violence on top.

May 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Yep, it's basically their take on HBO's fantasy drama Game of Thrones, but this new series actually holds up pretty well against the world of Westeros, mainly thanks to the genuinely turbulent period of real history it's based on.

May 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Marco Polo is a fun, body-flinging, old-fashioned epic, the sort of story that drops a sensually handsome young man with a beard into a string of adventures in a world heavily spiced with the exotic.

May 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Marco Polo: Season 1

  • Aug 17, 2019
    Absolutely fantastic show. So sad that there will be no third season idk where you found those "Top critics". Probably at the scrap yard.
  • Jun 01, 2019
    Bored throughout every single episode, could not get to care for the uninteresting main character or any of the other characters in the show. Was generally boring with even the most intense and action heavy scenes failing to generate any emotion.
  • Mar 14, 2019
    Definitely one of the best series, great, well casted actors, spectacular locations, effects. Good and more or less historical plot. This show and itâ??s rating shows again that critics tend to completely misjudge.
  • Dec 12, 2018
    A very solid and enjoyable first season, and the critics got this badly wrong. Perhaps they are jaded by oversaturation and need to get outside a bit more!
  • Dec 05, 2018
    What a surprise!? Really good
  • Sep 17, 2018
    One of the most entertaining miniseries I've seen. I was hooked from start to finish.
  • Sep 03, 2018
    an entertaining and a very good TV series...keep it going
  • Jul 31, 2018
    Marco polo is like a distorted morse code. Dots being replaced with sex and dashes replaced with talk. I started watching it with a hope to see some good war action, but the only action you see is limited between four bed posts...Looked like the director was asked to entice the audience with violence and sex,...except that he was a horny buddhist....Everything in season 1 is premature...the direction, talk, action, ejaculation...all you see is tongues wagging, in the bed and in the court..this will beat oprah winfrey or ellen degeneres in an eye to eye talk show...well,
  • Jul 24, 2018
    Every episode feels like a well-crafted movie. The acting is not always top notch, but that is due to the large cast. the leads play well. Pacing, direction, stunning visuals, twists, deception, reflection, intimate moments, shocking sequences. It's all here. Watch it.
  • Jul 05, 2018
    Very entertaining... The critics feel that Marcos character is not well developed and they might have a point. But the show overall is a work of art and almost meets bar set for the genre in the last few years. Plenty of entertainment to keep me hooked through to the finish

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