Of Kings and Prophets: Season 1 Reviews

May 20, 2020
Of Kings and Prophets is also deeply, profoundly, confusing from a "what is the point of this" perspective.
May 20, 2020
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
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.
March 6, 2018
Of Kings and Prophets takes this dramatic event and superimposes a tiresome modern motivation.
March 15, 2016
Soapy Bible story drama is racy, over-the-top violent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 9, 2016
Of Kings and Prophets wasn't all that interesting as things stand right now.
March 9, 2016
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.
March 9, 2016
It does have a few things going for it, including high production values and intriguing political and religious themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
March 9, 2016
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.
March 8, 2016
The result overall is certainly less biblical, in the traditional sense, but it's also far from epic.
March 8, 2016
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.
March 8, 2016
All the costumes, makeup, and fancy hair won't cover up the fact that the narrative is sloppy, the acting over-the-top and the overall structure a bit confounding.
March 8, 2016
Of Kings and Prophets is a bit Moses-y: It points to a promised land of resonant, high quality religio-pop, but doesn't quite reach it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 8, 2016
This odd retelling of one of the Bible's most familiar tales could win converts.
March 8, 2016
With its many moving parts never quite working in unison, Of Kings And Prophets plays the game of thrones and neither wins nor dies.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 8, 2016
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.
March 8, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 7, 2016
There's sex, blood, and soapy intrigue; yet while Of Kings And Prophets is a far better stab at this kind of Biblical tale than most limp entries, the series loses coherence with discouraging haste.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
March 7, 2016
Of Kings and Prophets tries to build a complete world and sustain an intense momentum, but it never manages to get a sure, steady grasp of its overall narrative goals.
Top Critic
March 7, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-