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Reign: Season 1 (2013-2014)




Critic 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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The premiere series of this historical drama blends fact and fiction to tell the tale of teenage Mary, Queen of Scots (Adelaide Kane) as she arrives in France to formalise her arranged marriage to Prince Francis (Toby Regbo). However, they face many complications on their road to the altar, the biggest being Francis' mother, Queen Catherine (Megan Follows), who believes her son will die if he marries Mary, based on a vision that came to her trusted confidante, Nostradamus (Rossif Sutherland). Meanwhile, Francis' father, King Henry II (Alan Van Sprang), wants to delay the marriage until the timing is most advantageous to France politically, but his worsening mental problems often cloud his judgments. Adding to the drama is the fact that Bash (Torrance Combs), Francis' half brother and Henry's illegitimate son, has developed romantic feelings for Mary.


Toby Regbo
as Francis, Prince Francis
Torrance Coombs
as Sebastian "Bash"
Megan Follows
as Catherine, Queen Catherine
Alan Van Sprang
as Henry, King Henry
Rossif Sutherland
as Nostradamus
Katie Boland
as Clarissa
Amy Brenneman
as Marie de Guise
Gil Darnell
as Duke of Guise
Joe Doyle
as James
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Critic Reviews for Reign: Season 1

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (22)

Not that I think The CW has any grasp of the mental mojo that made its WB network predecessor such a pop-culture kick. Really? This twaddle? Every single week?

October 17, 2013 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is a frothy, giggly, historically silly, pop tune-themed trifle, with mid-16th century France as its backdrop.

October 15, 2013 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's a promising premise-at the very least.

October 9, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The CW series does a fairly effortless-looking job of combining a 16th-century setting with a fluid, modern dynamic.

October 25, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The show seems to be a bit aware of its own absurdity, which is more than one can say for some of the dreck the networks have served up so far this season.

October 18, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Unfortunately, everything goes a twist too far when we find ourselves watching the crowd at a 16th-century royal ball dancing to music you might hear today on Z100.

October 18, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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