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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 (15) | Top Critics (8)

In truth, it's at best a moderately entertaining little talkie that lacks majesty but beats watching a shirtless, slobbified Stephen Baldwin on I'm a Celebrity.

October 17, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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The middling show plays too much like The O.C. with swords, crowns, and a cheesy CGI dragon.

September 28, 2008 | Full Review…

Though it is hugely unoriginal and suffers from the curse of the reset button -- at the end of every episode, the characters all have to return to default settings, often for no strong reason -- Merlin really is top fun.

October 17, 2018 | Full Review…

This might be a new era for Arthur.

October 16, 2018 | Rating: 8.3/10 | Full Review…

Overall this wasn't the start I'd hoped for. They've gone so far away from the mythology that I'm not sure what this is supposed to be.

October 16, 2018 | Full Review…

It's fun, but it lacks magic.

October 16, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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