Pillars of the Earth: Season 1 (2010)


Season 1
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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.

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Air date: Jul 23, 2010

In 12th-century England, a power struggle ensues between the late king's only legitimate daughter and his nephew, who has ascended the throne via a mysterious technicality. Against this backdrop, a man of God endeavors to build a glorious cathedral.

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Air date: Jul 23, 2010

A mason named Tom Builder hopes to find work repairing the damaged church at Kingsbridge, but a lack of funds at the priory proves to be quite the hindrance. And a bandit who left his thieving ways to become a monk takes in an abandoned child.

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Air date: Jul 30, 2010

Prior Philip and William are both stonewalled in their attempts to access the Shiring quarry; Jack discovers hidden artistic talents as he attempts to carve a religious statue; Richard receives monetary help from Aliena in his quest to become a knight. Meanwhile, King Stephen collapses on a visit to the cathedral worksite.

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Air date: Aug 6, 2010

After William applies to have his father's title of earl transferred to him, he learns that a knight is also interested in the noble ranking. Elsewhere, Jack's reappearance causes a frightened King Stephen to order his assassination; hostages are taken from each side in the ongoing hostilities between the king and Maud; Waleran informs Maud that Philip is responsible for betraying Earl Bartholomew.

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Air date: Aug 13, 2010

Waleran and Regan work toward a prisoner exchange in hopes of remaining on the victorious side of the war; Tom wants Alfred and Jack to become friends, but their work and love lives get in the way. Meanwhile, William's plan to thwart Aliena involves attacking Kingsbridge; Prior Philip and the Hamleighs receive rights to Shiring lands, but it comes with a steep price.

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Air date: Aug 20, 2010

Upon returning from the war, Richard learns Aliena has no money to continue to finance his knighthood; Alfred requests that Prior Philip accept him as a master builder for the construction of the cathedral; Regan leans on Waleran to approach the king about William's long-overdue earldom; and Aliena is torn between her love for Jack and a promise she made to her late father.

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Air date: Aug 27, 2010

Jack's journeys lead to a discovery of how to make Tom Builder's vision of a light-filled cathedral a reality; the Hamleighs are infuriated that Kingsbridge has once again become a successful and prosperous market center, and they plan to do something about it.

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Air date: Aug 27, 2010

In the series finale, Waleran and Alfred scheme to get rid of Jack, but it may not prove as easy as they thought.

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Air date: Dec 11, 2011

Jack discovers that the wind blowing against the cathedral is causing the cracks and comes up with a solution.

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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 (30) | Top Critics (19)

Overall, it's an engrossing epic.

Jun 10, 2020 | Full Review…

"The Pillars of the Earth" is the kind of splashy miniseries event that the broadcast networks can't or won't do anymore.

Jun 10, 2020 | Full Review…

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…
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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…

The political intrigue - involving, as political intrigue will, a lot of talking - was dull.

Jun 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Not that it would be fair to compare The Pillars of the Earth with the pillars of any of the great churches erected in England in the period under observation here. You don't get lifeless gargoyles of this quality in the Middle Ages.

Jun 10, 2020 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

And while some of that passion is lost in the eight-part miniseries airing now on Starz, the intrigue is enough to entertain.

Jun 10, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

[A]s someone who enjoys a good historical yarn full of great acting and excellent detailing, told with a convincing tone, The Pillars Of The Earth was a fine start to a miniseries.

Jun 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Indeed, a likable and dedicated cast keeps the viewers engaged and in a forgiving mood throughout these choppy eight hours. They make for wonderful company, even when this long and winding 12th-century road gets more than a little bumpy.

Jun 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Pillars is just a dry history lesson with better production values.

Jun 10, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The series has a bit of everything, really. And it was beautifully executed.

Jun 10, 2020 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pillars of the Earth: Season 1

  • Jun 16, 2020
    The story, the casting, the characters, the places... everything is perfect. Only 8 episodes, but a true masterpiece. I recommand it! :)

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