Pillars of the Earth: Season 1 (2010)

Season 1
Pillars of the Earth

Critics Consensus

With its talented cast and strong production values, Pillars of the Earth is the kind of satisfying, eventful miniseries that is rarely seen these days.



Critic Ratings: 14

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
User image


Air date: Jul 23, 2010
Air date: Jul 23, 2010
Air date: Jul 30, 2010
Air date: Aug 6, 2010
Air date: Aug 13, 2010
Air date: Aug 20, 2010
Air date: Aug 27, 2010
Air date: Aug 27, 2010
Air date: Dec 11, 2011

Pillars of the Earth: Season 1 Videos

Pillars of the Earth: Season 1 Photos

Tv Season Info

Based on the Ken Follett novel of the same name, "Pillars of the Earth" is an eight-part miniseries set in 12th-century England. After the death of the heir, King Henry's (Clive Wood) daughter (Alison Pill) and nephew (Tony Curran) fight for the throne. Meanwhile, Tom Builder (Rufus Sewell) becomes close to Ellen (Natalia Wörner) and her son Jack (Eddie Redmayne) after his wife dies in childbirth. Alliances are built and families are betrayed as everyone fights for what they believe is rightfully theirs.

Critic Reviews for Pillars of the Earth Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (11)

There is a lot to commend in this Pillars of the Earth, chiefly the actors - who are uniformly excellent - and its set design.

Jul 23, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

The abundance of material plays out naturally, in a nicely arranged script by John Pielmeier that leans heavily on the R-rated soap side of things.

Jul 23, 2010 | Full Review…

It reminds us the value and satisfaction we can find in a complex production executed well.

Jul 23, 2010 | Full Review…

They just don't make them like this anymore.

Jul 23, 2010 | Full Review…

It's the sort of expansive miniseries that we never see on network television anymore. And rarely see elsewhere.

Jul 23, 2010 | Full Review…

They really don't make them like this anymore.

Jul 23, 2010 | Full Review…

The Pillars of the Earth has done the impossible. It's made Ian McShane (temporarily) uninteresting.

Jul 23, 2010 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…

One must assume that the moments that provoke laughter do so unintentionally.

Jul 23, 2010 | Full Review…

It's the bountiful hamminess of McShane and the other evildoers that makes Pillars great fun, even if it's never going to be a candidate for Masterpiece Theatre.

Jul 23, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Over all, The Pillars of the Earth will go down painlessly for the fan of this sort of epic; while it's predictable and never exactly sweeping, it's certainly eventful, and the production values are above average.

Jul 23, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pillars of the Earth: Season 1

  • Feb 02, 2019
    Like all adaptions of novels, Pillars of the earth changes things from the book, but the story mostly still works like the story works in the book.
  • Apr 28, 2017
    Excellent story and actors!
  • Dec 28, 2016
    This is a must watch mini series for anyone that enjoys medieval era shows or movies. The only reason I give it 4/5 is because there is always room for improvement. You'll see a show that has a good balance of good vs evil (maybe a tad more evil than good), and a good balance of story line/talking and violence. I believe this series to have a very good cast in it and is very well written. The buildings and costume design is also worth noting as it is intricate and what I believe to be as realistic. Please give this show a try! -rant- This tv show is no different than most medieval films in the sense that there is an evil monk who wishes to watch the world burn. I don't know why Hollywood or any other place that produces these kinds of shows or movies insists on having an evil monk.That is the only bad thing I have to say about PoE, but I do not hold it against the writers or the producers because it almost has become a staple in the genre.
  • Aug 25, 2016
    Great series! Eddie Redmayne, Rufus Sewell, and Mathew MacFadyen are perfect, and the screenplay is very faithful to the book and the rest of the cast is all star. Great for any history buff.

News & Features