Reign: Season 1 (2013 - 2014)

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Season 1
Reign

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

85%

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User Ratings: 414
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Episodes

1
Air date: Oct 17, 2013
2
Air date: Oct 24, 2013
3
Air date: Oct 31, 2013
4
Air date: Nov 7, 2013
5
Air date: Nov 14, 2013
6
Air date: Nov 21, 2013
7
Air date: Dec 5, 2013
8
Air date: Dec 12, 2013
9
Air date: Jan 23, 2014
10
Air date: Jan 30, 2014
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Tv Season Info

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 (24)

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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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…
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.

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…

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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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…

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Reign: Season 1

  • 4d ago
    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.
  • Jun 03, 2019
    Very dramatic and Beautiful
  • Apr 10, 2019
    I loved this show, I thought it was great. My husband and I would catch every new premier- I'm surprised and disappointed they cancelled this show. A nice mix of History and fantasy. Very interesting and some good plot twists considering we all know (or I would hope we all do) the history of Queen Mary and Elizabeth.
  • Mar 05, 2019
    This show is honestly terrible. It is NOT historically accurate at all and poorly portrays the time period in which it is set. It�����s more like a teenage drama than a historical series. Don�����t recommend watching if you want to be educated.
  • Dec 09, 2018
    It's genuinely good, the story starts building up right away, though it gets a little fuzzy when it comes to prince's feelings. but overall it looks great.
  • Apr 12, 2018
    Reign is a very entertaining drama! It writes strong characters (especially female ones which is hard considering the time it was set) which is surrounded in beautiful costumes and drama.

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