Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010)

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Over the top and weighted down with excessive slo-mo action fights, Spartacus is pure bad camp.

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Critic Ratings: 23

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User Ratings: 383

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Air date: Jan 22, 2010

In the premiere episode, Thracian warrior Spartacus (Andy Whitfield) and his fellow fighters align themselves with Rome to protect their homeland. But disenchantment with the Romans soon sets in when their allies' battle strategies leave their village unprotected from barbarian invaders.

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Air date: Jan 29, 2010

Enslaved Spartacus is entered into a gladiator school. While there, he makes an enemy of the powerful and ruthless Crixus and gets whipped into fighting shape by the whip-wielding taskmaster Doctore. And Spartacus' new owner, the crafty Batiatus, makes him an offer he finds difficult to refuse.

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Air date: Feb 5, 2010

As the gladiators prep for an important competition that will be the highlight of a festival, Spartacus cleverly maneuvers to secure the right to battle Crixus, the unbeaten champion of Capua, in the main event. Despite Lucretia's objections, Batiatus reminds her that Spartacus' bravery and previous exploits have "struck a chord with the public's interest." Meanwhile, Crixus is desired by a number of noblewomen, but he is enamored of one of Lucretia's slaves.

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Air date: Feb 12, 2010

Spartacus' disgrace at surrendering to Crixus leads Batiatus to punish him by forcing the Thracian to fight mano a mano in the "pits of the underworld," a hellish, vicious subterranean arena where anything goes. Meanwhile, when the slave girl Naevia rejects Crixus' gift, he misunderstands the reason for her refusal.

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Air date: Feb 19, 2010

Bitter enemies Spartacus and Crixus are charged with learning to fight as a team in order to take on an unbeaten champion in the arena. Meanwhile, a financially strapped Batiatus receives an opportunity of a lifetime that involves his battling band of gladiators.

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Air date: Feb 26, 2010

Lies, distrust and duplicity plague the house of Batiatus and impact the hopes of both Barca and Spartacus, who have benefited from good fortune and envision a future away from the grounds. Barca expects to buy his and his male lover's way out, while Spartacus anticipates his promised reunion with his enslaved wife, part of his reward for a monumental victory in the arena. But just in case things go wrong, Spartacus dreams and schemes an escape plan.

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Air date: Mar 5, 2010

Chafing under the pressure of Batiatus' tight-fisted control, Spartacus is thrust into yet another do-or-die situation as he is forced to put his past behind him and embrace his role as a champion gladiator.

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Air date: Mar 12, 2010

After purchasing a new batch of slaves to train as gladiators, Batiatus considers the usefulness of the injured Crixus and contemplates whether to sell him. Meanwhile, Ilithyia continues her quest to get rid of Spartacus and tries to coerce one of the new recruits into doing away with the champion.

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Air date: Mar 19, 2010

Spartacus learns that Batiatus has promised Rome's richest woman sexual congress with the gladiator and whatever other duties she desires.

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Air date: Mar 26, 2010

On his 15th birthday, Numerius (Lliam Powell) is given a special present---control over Batiatus' gladiators as though the patrician teen was their master.

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This action-adventure spectacle may be bloody entertaining, but it is also somewhat bloody. The body count for the cable series, which tips its helmet to the big-screen gorefest that was 2007's "300," appears to approach that number for most episodes. It's violent, but it is also captivating and compelling, as it regales with the tale of a heroic Thracian warrior (Andy Whitfield) turned Roman slave turned gladiator. He battles to save his life and reunite with his wife (Erin Cummings), who was also condemned to slavery. Early on, the warrior slave is purchased by the Roman Batiatus (John Hannah), who trains gladiators, and thrust into brutal and painful training. Spartacus soon makes an enemy of the accomplished, successful gladiator Crixus (Manu Bennett), but before long Spartacus is able to convince Crixus to aide in a rebellion that will hopefully free the gladiators and exact revenge on the conniving, duplicitous Romans. Whitfield, unfortunately, died from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2011, and was replaced by Liam McIntyre in subsequent incarnations of the Spartacus saga.

Critic Reviews for Spartacus Blood and Sand

Audience Reviews for Spartacus: Blood and Sand

  • Apr 23, 2019
    the violence and nudity is done artistically and very visually stunning. All 4 seasons are well written and the dialogue is authentic. Very entertaining and the struggle of the slaves pulls you in emotionally.
  • Mar 24, 2019
    I love this! It is campy and filled with poor cgi gore but it is fun and entertaining. RIP Andy Whitfield.
  • Feb 24, 2019
    I must be one of the few people who think this series is absolutely great... at least the first season. The acting and character development are wonderful. I love Game of Thrones, but it merges too many story lines and characters to fully develop any of them. This series grows nicely, both within each episode and through the season. We've started watching season two, but I'm guessing they're using entirely different writers. Phony Shakespearean prose and a story that lacks... a story (like most of TV today).
  • Jan 15, 2019
    1 of the best shows in recent times. Andy Whitfield was great, so sad when he had to leave the show because of his health and passed away. The show was not the same without him although it was still really good, he was the better Spartacus
  • Dec 18, 2018
    Sometimes the dialogue is hard to listen to as it sounds like poorly written Shakespeare. That said it's a very enjoyable series especially if you enjoy roman or ancient world type action.
  • Sep 14, 2018
    Awesome show especially if you like shows like ROME, THE LAST KINGDOM, GOT,..... Sad it came to an abrupt end
  • Aug 06, 2018
    It is understandably difficult to accept the style and direction Spartacus: Blood and Sand Takes, but if you are willing to go for the ride it is surprisingly good.
  • Jun 23, 2018
    Possibly the most ridiculously awful show I've ever watched. It's so bad, I had to come write about how bad it is. Over the top fight scenes. Awful dialogue. Awful acting. Even the sex scenes we're cheesy as hell. I'd give it zero stars if I could.
  • Dec 20, 2017
    One of the best shows ever made. The critics on this site are delusional.
  • Jun 22, 2017
    Excellent series - superb acting! Yes it is gruesome and savage - it's not The Wire, but watch The Wire if you want that kind of thing.

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