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Merlin: Season 1 (2009)

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The fantasy series, which offers a new spin on the Arthurian legend, opens with the teenage warlock Merlin (Colin Morgan) arriving in the kingdom of Camelot, whose king Uther Pendragon (Anthony Head) has outlawed the practice of magic upon punishment of death. He seeks out the court physician, Gaius (Richard Wilson), to whom he inadvertently reveals his gift, has a run-in with the king's headstrong son, Prince Arthur (Bradley James), and meets an enchanting young maid named Gwen (Angel Coulby). In the first season Merlin finds himself combating horrible monsters, exposed to a plague, and protecting friends from unexpected evils.

Cast

Bradley James
as Prince Arthur
Anthony Head
as King Uther
John Hurt
as The Dragon
Gary Oliver
as Gregory
Ed Coleman
as Morris
Will Mellor
as Valiant
Eve Myles
as Mary Collins/Lady Helen
Joe Dempsie
as William
Ben Adams
as Bandit
Michael Burgess
as Stallholder
Michael Jenn
as Sidhe Elder
Paul Kynman
as Sir Cador
Louise Dylan
as Bronwen
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Critic Reviews for Merlin: Season 1

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

The middling show plays too much like The O.C. with swords, crowns, and a cheesy CGI dragon.

September 28, 2008 | Full Review…

Merlin demonstrates less skill at character building than the syndicated Legend of the Seeker.

September 28, 2008 | Full Review…

Even with its quirky charm, though, the show's formula begins to wear thin.

September 28, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

We see the royal audience comatose and covered in cobwebs and can't help identifying with them; comatose and cobwebby is pretty much how a viewer is likely to feel after surviving only the first 30 or 40 minutes.

September 28, 2008 | Full Review…

Merlin is clearly shopping for tricks in the bargain bin.

September 28, 2008 | Full Review…
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There probably is a more congenial spot for happily-ever-aftering, but Merlin is not at all a bad place to start.

September 28, 2008 | Full Review…

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