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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Air date: Oct 17, 2013
Air date: Oct 24, 2013
Air date: Oct 31, 2013
Air date: Nov 7, 2013
Air date: Nov 14, 2013
Air date: Nov 21, 2013
Air date: Dec 5, 2013
Air date: Dec 12, 2013
Air date: Jan 23, 2014
Air date: Jan 30, 2014
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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 (48) | 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?

Oct 17, 2013 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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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…
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It's a promising premise-at the very least.

Oct 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.

Oct 25, 2013 | Full Review…
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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…

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…

This show is so full of laughably dumb dialogue and nonsensical moments that it made steam come out of my ears.

Oct 16, 2013 | Full Review…

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