Pillars of the Earth: Season 1 (2010)


Season 1
Pillars of the Earth

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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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Episodes

1
Air date: Jul 23, 2010
2
Air date: Jul 23, 2010
3
Air date: Jul 30, 2010
4
Air date: Aug 6, 2010
5
Air date: Aug 13, 2010
6
Air date: Aug 20, 2010
7
Air date: Aug 27, 2010
8
Air date: Aug 27, 2010
9
Air date: Dec 11, 2011

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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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