Reign: Season 1 (2013 - 2014)

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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: 435

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Air date: Oct 17, 2013

Mary arrives in France to formalize her arranged marriage to Prince Francis, but complications arise when she faces his attractive half brother and skeptical mother in the series premiere of this historical drama about young monarchs.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2013

Mary and Francis play up their romance after an English envoy expresses doubts about their union. Elsewhere, Catherine seeks to eliminate an individual who's aware of her scheme to destroy Mary.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2013

A Portuguese prince offers much-needed aid to Scotland if Mary accepts his marriage proposal and break things off with Francis. Elsewhere, Francis' feelings for Mary lead him to put Bash in a risky situation.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2013

Mary has a chance to get out of her engagement, but it requires lying and sentencing a man to death. Meanwhile, Francis and Bash suspect that Tomas may be disguising his real motives.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2013

An ex-lover of Francis' arrives and brings danger with her, so an uneasy Mary turns to Bash for comfort. Meanwhile, Queen Catherine persuades Aylee to snoop on Mary; and Bash lands in hot water with heretics, who accuse him of disrupting a sacred ritual.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2013

Francis observes the growing bond between Mary and Bash, so he turns to Olivia. Meanwhile, Catherine wants to ensure that whoever threatened Mary is captured; Bash seeks to repay his debt; and Kenna tells her friends about her affair with Henry.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2013

Mary and Francis are taken hostage when the castle falls under siege, and Catherine makes a shocking suggestion in an effort to save them. Meanwhile, Diane reveals to Bash that she's plotting to have him declared legitimate.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2013

Nostradamus shares with Mary his prophecy about a death, which leads Mary to make a big decision concerning Francis. Meanwhile, Clarissa gets brazen as she pursues her goals; and Kenna tells Catherine about Diane's intentions regarding Bash.

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Air date: Jan 23, 2014

Mary and Bass return to the castle, where Catherine remains resolved to keep Francis safe from Mary. Meanwhile, Francis learns of the dark prophecy, but it does not dissuade his desire to marry Mary.

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Air date: Jan 30, 2014

An assassination attempt is made on Bash's life, and Catherine appears to be responsible for it. Meanwhile, Mary offers assistance to a jailed peasant who has a curious link to Bash; and Lola tries to stop Catherine from meddling with Bash and Mary.

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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.

Critic Reviews for Reign Season 1

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (25)

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?

Oct 17, 2013 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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

Oct 15, 2013 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

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

Oct 9, 2013 | Full Review…

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

Oct 25, 2013 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 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.

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

It's probably not very valuable as a study tool for a French history class, but it might be kind of fun for a while.

Feb 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Reign may not be great TV. But, aside from that tired love triangle, at least it offers something different in a dismal fall season.

Feb 27, 2019 | Full Review…

While the show has made it clear that some liberties will be taken with historical accuracy, we don't mind at all because we're already completely obsessed.

Jan 18, 2019 | Full Review…

There's a perverse pleasure in enjoying a work of media that revels in how ridiculously bad it is. Reign, which airs on the CW and is in its first season, is such a guilty pleasure.

Oct 9, 2018 | Full Review…

This is all good, capering, costume-ball fun, even if Mary's life was dismal.

May 5, 2017 | Full Review…

The minute you start getting into fantasy, you're yanked right out by the contemporary music and other oddities-like a montage of giggling gals putting on makeup.

Oct 15, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Reign: Season 1

  • 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!
  • Jan 17, 2020
    It got a bit of a slow start but was enjoyable to watch. I have recommended it to others as good binge weekend if you like period pieces.
  • Nov 30, 2019
    This falls in the slightly guilty pleasure column. You're not going to pass a history test after watching Reign, but it is a lot of soapy fun. The chemistry between Mary and Francis is great and the acting is solid (accents are a bit all over the place). What I love about this series is the many strong, interesting, and multidimensional female characters. It's almost worth watching purely for the stunning costumes - and jewellery, hair, and set. It's a beautiful show and I enjoy the tongue-in-cheek modern winks. I think the disparity between critic and audience scores funny and fascinating - look, it's not The Crown, but it's fun.
  • Nov 01, 2019
    After tracing my heritage way way back I found her! The 3rd wife of one of my ancestors. I ran across the series and watched out of curiosity. I was hooked after the first episode. The story is intriguing and I recommend anyone who is interested in history to watch it. I know it is a work of "historical fiction" and think it was "done" very well.
  • Oct 03, 2019
    One of my ALL TIME favorite shows!! Almost every single episode had me hooked from start to end, and I never wanted to stop! I do have to admit though, after the death of a main character (won't say a name for those who haven't seen, but y'all know who I'm talking about🙄😭) I feel it went slightly downhill though. Last season wasn't nearly as amazing as the first, but I was already so invested and it still had me on the edge of my seat. Sobbed my eyes out on the last episode!
  • Sep 27, 2019
    The tv show Reign takes place in France where the Queen of Scotland is set to engagement to the Kind of France for political reasons. the show offers aspects of war, love conflict, and power struggles. the costumes are amazing, especially the queens dresses, which are beautifully crafted and each one very unique. The actors emotions and thoughts really convinces those watching that the decision they need to make is a hard one and that if they make the wrong decision a whole trail of conflict will arise throughout the kingdom.

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