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Lord Julien Varga/Remy
Lord Aloysius Castleroy
Diane de Poitiers
Duke Christian de Guise
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?
This is a frothy, giggly, historically silly, pop tune-themed trifle, with mid-16th century France as its backdrop.
The CW series does a fairly effortless-looking job of combining a 16th-century setting with a fluid, modern dynamic.
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.
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.
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.
Reign may not be great TV. But, aside from that tired love triangle, at least it offers something different in a dismal fall season.
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.
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.
This is all good, capering, costume-ball fun, even if Mary's life was dismal.
Audience Reviews for Reign: Season 1
Feb 06, 2021Very nice piece of fiction (with a few historical references). Good writing and superb acting, nice artwork.
Oct 21, 2020I 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, 2020The first season shows the shows potential because its acting is fantastic.
Apr 14, 2020I 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, 2020Does Mary ever stop whining!!!??? Omgosh, 1.5 seasons of whining. I can't keep watching this!
Jan 17, 2020It 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, 2019This 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, 2019After 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, 2019One 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, 2019The 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.