Of Kings and Prophets: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1
Of Kings and Prophets

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Of Kings and Prophets tries to add a Game of Thrones-inspired spin to the Old Testament, but ends up an aimless muddle.

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User Ratings: 33

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Air date: Mar 8, 2016

In the premiere, King Saul arranges a strategic marriage for his daughter Merav, which he hopes will unify the 12 Israelite tribes against the Philistines; and, in the midst of the wedding preparations, Prophet Samuel brings him a message from God: destroy the Amalekites. In other events, the shepherd David travels to the King's palace in Gibeah in hopes of settling his family's debts.

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Air date: Mar 15, 2016

Saul confides his worries in David; Ishbaal hires an assassin to kill the prophet; Ahinoam, in an effort to unite the tribes of Israel, proposes a strategic marriage; a traitor is exposed; and David returns home, where he receives life-altering news from a surprise visitor.

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Air date: Mar 22, 2016

Saul offers any man who beats Goliath a bounty and the hand of his daughter in marriage; and, to everyone's surprise, David accepts the challenge. In other events, Michal escapes Gibeah, believing her place is by her father's side at the battlefield; Rizpah's true origins are revealed; and David's older brother, Eliab, inadvertently helps David realize his destiny.

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Air date: Mar 29, 2016

David realizes his feelings for Michal and devises a plan to marry her instead of Merav; Michal asks Jonathan to watch out for David; Ishbal seeks to travel to Bethlehem in order to learn about David; Ahinoam is angered by David's humiliation of Merav; and Saul, who empathizes with David's plight, pledged to be faithful and more loving toward Ahimoam.

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Critic Reviews for Of Kings and Prophets Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (11)

It's more like a descendant of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, made just modest and melodramatic enough to irk both faith-based audiences and those coming to it in search of a salacious, sanguinary fix.

Mar 8, 2016 | Full Review…

Kings and Prophets for the most part is deadly serious in both its approach and intent. It sounds strange to say its time has passed.

Mar 8, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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A good-looking TV production - filmed in South Africa - but with minimal appeal to either the sword-and-sandal crowd or the faith-based one.

Mar 7, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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More to the point, the effort to substitute standard-issue television intrigue and sizzle for the sweep and wonderment of the source material fails.

May 20, 2020 | Full Review…

A TV show that uses biblical characters as an excuse for sex and violence while jettisoning the religious intent is not Bible-based in any real sense of the idea. Or worth watching, Saul or not.

May 20, 2020 | Full Review…

Frankly, what seems even more sacrilegious than hewing ABC-close to a religious story is the notion that maybe Of Kings and Prophets wants to be like HBO's Game of Thrones.

Mar 9, 2016 | Full Review…

Of Kings and Prophets is also deeply, profoundly, confusing from a "what is the point of this" perspective.

May 20, 2020 | Full Review…

Of Kings and Prophets takes this dramatic event and superimposes a tiresome modern motivation.

Mar 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Let's put it this way: If the newly released Game of Thrones trailer won't tide you over until the HBO drama's return, Of Kings and Prophets would make a decent substitute, if only it didn't take itself so seriously.

Mar 9, 2016 | Full Review…

It does have a few things going for it, including high production values and intriguing political and religious themes.

Mar 9, 2016 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…

Watching, you feel as though its story is just familiar enough to seem inevitable whenever it's not tedious, and its earnestness short-circuits any electrical charge of wit or sexiness.

Mar 8, 2016 | Full Review…

This odd retelling of one of the Bible's most familiar tales could win converts.

Mar 8, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Of Kings and Prophets: Season 1

  • Mar 08, 2016
    Oddball modern hairstyles and mediocre makeup. The show is nothing to write your Grans about, but my wife seems to like the first episode of the series and will watch again next week to see if it improves. 2.5 stars out of 5.

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