Reign: Season 1 (2013 - 2014)

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Critics Consensus

Though it sports rich visuals, Reign doesn't quite fulfill its potential as an entertainingly cheesy soap, nor does it have the chops to sufficiently serve the teen drama crowd.

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Critic Ratings: 52

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User Ratings: 451

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Episodes

Air date: Oct 17, 2013

After spending her childhood at a monastery, teenage Mary Stuart arrives in France to formalize her arranged engagement to Prince Francis.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2013

After Mary learns that the English are aware of her fragile engagement to Francis, the two put on a show to protect their alliance; Queen Catherine tries to silence those who know about her plot.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2013

Mary asks King Henry for help when Scotland's borders are threatened; Francis' clouded judgment puts Bash in jeopardy.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2013

Mary must decide if she is willing to lie and have a man sentenced to death in exchange for being released from her engagement to Prince Francis; Francis and Bash grow suspicious of Tomas' intentions.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2013

One of Francis' former lovers arrives at the castle -- and brings danger with her; Mary turns to Bash for comfort; Aylee is blackmailed into spying on Mary.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2013

An attempt at scaring Mary causes Queen Catherine to take drastic measures to catch the guilty party; Bash ends up with blood on his hands; Kenna makes a confession.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2013

Francis and Mary must rely on each other when the castle is taken hostage; Catherine's proposal shocks everyone; Bash's mother reveals her plan.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2013

A prophecy causes Mary to make a decision that changes her relationship with Francis; Clarissa is emboldened; Kenna reveals Diane's plan to Catherine.

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Air date: Jan 23, 2014

Bash and Mary are captured and returned to the castle; Catherine becomes even more determined to destroy Mary.

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Air date: Jan 30, 2014

Queen Catherine comes under suspicion when a plot to murder Bash goes awry; Mary tries to free a wrongly imprisoned pregnant peasant.

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Cast & Crew

Adelaide Kane
Queen Mary

Actor
Megan Follows
Queen Catherine

Actor
Torrance Coombs
Bash

Actor
Toby Regbo
Prince Francis

Actor
Jenessa Grant
Aylee

Actor
Celina Sinden
Greer

Actor
Alan Van Sprang
King Henry

Actor
Rossif Sutherland
Nostradamus

Guest Star
Yael Grobglas
Olivia D'Amencourt

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Kathryn Prescott
Penelope

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Gil Darnell
Duke Christian de Guise

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Michael Therriault
Lord Aloysius Castleroy

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Ted Atherton
Lord Hugo

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Katie Boland
Clarissa

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Anna Walton
Diane de Pitiers

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Jonathan Keltz
Leith Bayard

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Giacomo Gianniotti
Lord Julien Varga

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Katy Grabstas
Sarah

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Laurie McCarthy
Executive Producer
Frank Siracusa
Executive Producer
Mike Rohl
Director
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Critic Reviews for Reign: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Reign: Season 1

  • Apr 23, 2022
    Reign is worth watching. Are their better shows that cut on the writing and immersion? For sure. But the performances and the efforts to make this a good show are there. It's necessary to forgive the teen themes (especially the music) which feel really out of place in a historical setting. But it carries a fun charm and I find its reminding me of younger times and optimism. Kind of reminds me of Merlin which is a show I also enjoyed. A balance of escapism and historical period ambiance carrying a pragmatic yet positive tone.
  • Feb 12, 2022
    This show aims to give the viewer a headache... It's a cheap teen drama wearing the guise of a historical drama. The writing had potential to be the only decent part. It has suspense and is intriguing enough as a concept- the all too infamous power struggle surrounding Mary queen of scots. However, the ENTIRE thing feels like the recap you see at the beginning of an episode. The writing should be good, but it's rushed and hurried along as if the director has no concept of timing or atmosphere. On the subject of atmosphere, there are historical inaccuracies every few minutes that drives anyone who knows anything about history insane. The costumes are beautiful but obscenely modern. It sticks out like a sore thumb and breaks any attempt to feel immersed in a historical setting. The scene and costume designers need to do more research and less showing off. Speaking of showing off, the score is by far the most obtuse and unflattering part. The score director has no idea what a score is clearly, thinking that every second needs to be overlaid with music that is either loud or dramatic. There is a such thing as timing and mood and the score director is an imbecile that wants to cram as much music into the series as possible with no regard for the ears and focus of the audience. There is a place and time for folk and pop. Better made historical Dramas like Bridgerton have found ways of introducing modern music subtly, masterfully. But this score cares nothing for the atmosphere. It may as well be a concert in the background, constantly trying to upstage the dialogue and feel.
  • Sep 03, 2021
    This began well. However, the attempt to update royal stuff to 2020 sensibilities is just unbelievable, and genuinely stupid. I didn't get thru Episode 1
  • May 14, 2021
    I have done a lot of historical based reading about Queen Mary. That(and the pandemic) is what brought me to watching the first several episodes. Mary's character is portrayed very much like she is reported to have been: self-possessed, elegant, smart and compassionate. The rest of the story is telenovela.
  • May 09, 2021
    Really enjoyed nothing
  • Feb 06, 2021
    Very nice piece of fiction (with a few historical references). Good writing and superb acting, nice artwork.
  • Oct 21, 2020
    I thought it was captivating, full of intrigue, and of course drama. I finished all 4 seasons in 3 weeks. So happy I was born in the 20th century, I'm sure I wouldn't have lasted long in the 16th.
  • Aug 01, 2020
    The first season shows the shows potential because its acting is fantastic.
  • Apr 14, 2020
    I love this series. I'm 39 and actually watching it for the second time all the way through on Netflix. The story line isn't accurate to history, at all but if you love castles, gowns, beautiful people & a well acted exciting storyline, then you'll love this.
  • Mar 22, 2020
    Does Mary ever stop whining!!!??? Omgosh, 1.5 seasons of whining. I can't keep watching this!

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