The Musketeers: Season 1 (2014)


Season 1
The Musketeers

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Although The Musketeers' first season doesn't take many narrative risks, commendable character chemistry makes it a whimsically watchable romp.



Critic Ratings: 28


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Air date: Jun 22, 2014

Historical drama series inspired by the novels of Alexandre Dumas. The brightest and best musketeers of the King's Regiment, Athos, Porthos and Aramis, are dispatched by Captain Treville to find a missing musketeer carrying important letters on behalf of King Louis. But Cardinal Richelieu has plans to increase his political power and seeks to sabotage the good reputation of the musketeers. Meanwhile, d'Artagnan travels from his family farm in Gascony to Paris to petition the king, but his peaceful plans are turned upside down when he is forced to find the musketeers and seek vengeance for the brutal murder of a loved one.

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Air date: Jun 29, 2014

Notorious criminal Vadim tries to make life unbearable for the authorities who imprisoned him. When he engineers a full-scale riot, it's up to the Musketeers to protect those whom Vadim seeks to destroy.

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Air date: Jul 6, 2014

The Musketeers are dispatched to Le Havre to collect the infamous merchant trader and explorer Bonnaire, and bring him back to Paris to be reprimanded for breaking France's trade treaty.

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Air date: Jul 13, 2014

Aramis' old friend Marsac, a former Musketeer, unexpectedly returns to Paris and his arrival throws the Musketeers into turmoil. They know they should report him for desertion, but his appearance coincides with the royal visit of the King's sister and her husband, the Duke of Savoy, whom the Musketeers must protect.

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Air date: Jul 20, 2014

Porthos wakes from his drunken birthday celebration with no memory of the night before?and a dead body by his side. Although he is sentenced to death, the Musketeers scramble to prove his innocence, but their investigation uncovers a tangled web of divided loyalties and greed, and they risk everything to infiltrate the slums of the Court of Miracles before it is too late.

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Air date: Jul 27, 2014

Aramis and d'Artagnan try to transport a young woman and her baby from a village outside Paris to the palace, but armed men abduct the child. The Musketeers then must find out who the woman is and why anyone would go to such lengths to kidnap her son.

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Air date: Aug 3, 2014

The Musketeers investigate the tragic death of a young girl. The probe leads them into the world of a highborn and enlightened woman, who gets under Athos' skin.

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Air date: Aug 10, 2014

The Musketeers are ordered to bring the fearsome Labarge, a regional intendant under arrest for the murder of two Musketeers, to Paris. However, the Red Guards become resentful and initiate a fight between the two regiments.

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Air date: Aug 17, 2014

The Musketeers are attacked when they try to get Queen Anne back to Paris. They seek refuge in a fortified convent. Meanwhile, Louis dines with a wealthy German banker, who is looking for a French match for his beautiful daughter.

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Air date: Aug 24, 2014

Athos takes Milady hostage and is furious to learn that D'Artagnan knows her, which puts their friendship in jeopardy. Meanwhile, the cardinal fears that the Musketeers will prove he was behind the attempted murder of the queen, and compels Milady to get rid of them once and for all.

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Based on Alexandre Dumas' novel, Series 1 of The Musketeers sees Athos, Porthos and Aramis dispatched to find a missing musketeer. This contemporary take on the classic story follows the musketeers and their feats with the villainous Cardinal Richelieu.

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Critic Reviews for The Musketeers Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (14)

The series was shot in Prague, and it should be gorgeous to look at, but instead, it's oddly gray and murky. The plot, involving truth, justice and the creation of modern France, is equally murky.

Nov 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Old-fashioned it may be in spirit, but this adventure tale is nothing if not exciting.

Nov 20, 2019 | Full Review…

The adventure is good, the characters are better than good, and the playful, often insulting repartee is someting you might hear from college buddies on holiday in Cabo. These Musketeers are worth a bite.

Jun 23, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Some of the plot machinations are more than a little far-fetched. But none are fatal to the overall thrust of a series that turns out to be much more than a series of romps and flirtations.

Jun 20, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Colorfully drawn. But all inside the lines.

Jun 19, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

What gives this new and notably updated British version of the classic tale its best kick, though, is the characterization of the four swashbucklers at the heart of it.

Nov 20, 2019 | Full Review…

The first episode is a bit overstuffed and murky, but "The Musketeers" gets better as it goes along, with charismatic performances and lively adventures.

Nov 20, 2019 | Full Review…

It just doesn't have enough weight to captivate a modern audience that is perhaps more cynical and certainly more aware of storytelling tricks than any before it.

Nov 20, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

As the scheming Cardinal, who hates the Musketeers for no particular reason, [Peter] Capaldi does his best to inject some gravitas, but the script is pretty thin stuff.

Nov 20, 2019 | Full Review…

The main problem with The Musketeers, apart from the quality of the script, the acting and the predictability of the plot, was that there are only so many ways to make sword fights between men wearing blue leather tunics that entertaining or exciting.

Nov 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Without a strong kinetic bond between these men, The Musketeers wouldn't work. Thankfully, for all of our sakes, Adrian Hodges has the foundation for what could be a compelling story for a 10-episode season.

Oct 17, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a pleaser, but a basic one. It's not quite color-by-numbers but it's also not challenging. It's good ol' summertime escapism for those looking for some musket fire and swashbuckling.

Oct 17, 2018 | Rating: 6.8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Musketeers: Season 1

  • Apr 13, 2021
    Honestly, one of my favorites seasons of TV ever. This is so much fun and so well done. I absolutely love it. I highly recommend checking this show out!! The casting for this show is so good. I love love love the Cardinal especially!
  • Jan 31, 2021
    loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Oct 23, 2020
    This is a bunch of straightforward good guys vs bad guys plot lines. Protecting King and Queen, dealing with villains with lots women to be saved, sword play and shooting of muskets and pistols. Protecting the innocent. Nothing ground-breaking here, although based on the characters and not not the plot of Dumas' novel. I doubt any historical accuracy, but Louis XIII, Queen Anne, the musketeers and Cardinal Richelieu were real people but stylish production and great looking cast make this entirely agreeable...
  • Nov 12, 2016
    This incredible series filmed in England (surely) and happening in France of course is super excellent. Very well acted and produced. I applaud the recreation of the period and the source material has always been such a great success. Here the english authors add their own twists and occasionally pull the covert on the english side, trying to put the blame of historical events on the french. We know how the englishes have been evil all along. But still, the series is full of humour and I don't take this too seriously at all. I have not seen it all yet and they might put some blame on the english on other occasions. In any case, I really enjoys the adventures in France, even if told in english. It seems that the epoch is sufficiently well recreated. The origin of so many modern things. The king was doing pidgeon shooting with real pidgeons of course at the time! Fabulous!
  • Jun 22, 2016
    I was disappointed with the first few episodes, left wanting to see a more serious approach to the period, and I almost stopped watching the series. however, as I get further into the first season, I'm impressed by the improved quality of the episodes.
  • Oct 30, 2015
    Absolute perfect. This series is a little pearl.
  • Feb 02, 2015
    It got better and better and I'm really looking forward to the next season. The central foursome are eye candy deluxe and their repartee is entertaining. Lots of fun.
  • Jul 21, 2014
    Acted well, and well designed, but as far as writing goes it's pretty bland. Three Musketeers is still enjoyable, but only when the action picks up, and the swords start to fly.
  • Jul 07, 2014
    it excites you enough to watch it again, but can it excite you just as much next episode?

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