Tut: Season 1 (2015)

Season 1

Critics Consensus

Tut sacrifices historical accuracy for the sake of schmaltzy melodrama, wasting a talented cast on a biopic that misunderstands its subject's timeless appeal.



Critic Ratings: 19

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Jul 19, 2015
Air date: Jul 20, 2015
Air date: Jul 21, 2015

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Tv Season Info

Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun's short reign and struggle for power are depicted in this miniseries.

Critic Reviews for Tut Season 1

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (11)

Spike unveils its first major scripted production, Tut, a largely enjoyable, if uneven three-night epic.

Jul 20, 2015 | Full Review…

The perception going in was that Tut would be a laughable feast. My truth going out is that it plays out much better than anticipated.

Jul 17, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Meanwhile, the soap keeps generating suds, while Kingsley plays it solemn and serious.

Jul 17, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The good special effects, interiors and locations help keep our heads in the past, as do the actors' committed performances. In a better world, destiny, the gods and opportunity would have given the actors a better way to use their talent.

Jul 16, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Tut has all of the makings for a powerful re-entry into scripted programming for Spike TV, unfortunately the series falls short, giving it more of a soap opera feel, than the epic saga that I'd hoped for.

Apr 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Three nights' worth of Tut became a slog, some of it through copious amounts of spurting blood.

Jul 20, 2015 | Full Review…

Despite some handsome visuals, colorful costumes and more eyeliner than in an entire season of RuPaul's Drag Race, Tut is as dry as the desert air.

Jul 17, 2015 | Full Review…

Suitably blood-drenched and lavish, but narratively hollow, Spike's new mini-series Tut is about as slow moving as the titular boy king's mummified corpse, and feels just as fresh.

Jul 17, 2015 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

The series is so devoid of any real riches, it should be hosted by Geraldo.

Jul 20, 2015 | Full Review…

The dialogue ranges from the prosaic: "I seem to have lost my way. Can you spare me some meat?"-to the accidentally amusing.

Jul 17, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tut: Season 1

  • Aug 14, 2015
    TOO BLOODY.. Made TUT out as a hero. Then why do they really know nothing about him? Pure Hollywood gobbeldegook. As a Hollywood production I give a 3 star as a history lesson a 1 star.
  • Aug 10, 2015
    It was Ok, but I would not recommend it unless you have nothing else on your watch list, which is doubtful. It take to many liberty's with history. While we may never know the whole truth of King Tut's life, this story has little facts to back it up. Uses to much poetic licence. The story and acting are just OK.
  • Aug 09, 2015
    Quality performances in an unexpected melodrama. Interesting enough for a lazy weekend binge watch.
  • Aug 01, 2015
    I watched it because the history is just interesting. The acting was a bit shady for my taste. In these types of historic films there should be more action less talk if possible.
  • Jul 26, 2015
    Missed the mark completely. The story of Tut itself is inspiring enough without making him into this great warrior which he never was. The established history out the window for a half assed soap opera. The action and the acting was well done and the casting was excellent though, so there is that.
  • Jul 24, 2015
    Great subject, terrible series...couldn't get past ten minutes of viewing.
  • Jul 23, 2015
    Tut is about what you'd expect from a Spike production, which is to say it's fraught with overdone battle scenes, soapy intrigue, and sex scenes reminiscent of the glory days of Skinemax. It's also highly questionable when it comes to historical accuracy, but none of that matters much because it mostly delivers on the entertainment end of things, and it comes together well enough.
  • Jul 22, 2015
    I liked it even though I knew most of it was completely inaccurate - didnt much care for all the violence either
  • Jul 21, 2015
    The boy's journey to kingship is undeniably painted with lavish production, yet it's also unevenly slow and devoid of novelty. Right from the start, Tut presents itself with grand and gorgeous set. It certainly boasts high presentation, ranging from the colorful costume, immense environment to heavy amount of make-up. The goal is clearly to make an epic tale, however it’s also disjointed in many areas as the narrative progresses with slow political build up and occasional melodramatic romance. This is the chronicle of Tut (Avan Jogia) as he deals with personal issues and outside oppositions to seize his birthright of becoming pharaoh. The most notable name here is Sir Ben Kingsley. After Exodus, Prince of Persia and even the recent Night at the Museum, it's hardly surprising that he's cast as the adviser role. Simply by having him, the show elevates its acting department as he performs with stoic conviction, in a way carrying the younger actors. If the delivery of this miniseries reminds audience of Moses' tale (pick any modern rendition of it), because it is built to be an heroic spectacle. It presents hefty amount of political maneuvering and betrayal, as well as the more titillating sexual depiction and bloodbath. The presentation is catered around this idea, and for half the part, it does well. The view is vibrant and its aesthetic is quite eye-catching. Design for both opulence and crude war is highly presentable, yet the actual human drama might be a stale. Story moves in slow pace, which is invested heavily on love triangle subplot and disgruntled general premise. It tries to bring fresh outlook, but unfortunately at times it feels like juvenile squabble instead of legendary vie for power. Use of mature subject could've been dealt with more poise. It repeats many sexual acts, nudity, and literal face front gore. With restraint these may be indulging, though the series often puts them to seemingly prolong the gratuitous viewing, it may become unintentionally numbing. Tut has all the riches of epic story, yet these are smoke and mirrors to pander audience with sensational beauty. It may offer a small degree of enjoyment, although the actual core of narrative and human relationship to drive a legendary tale seem to be lacking.

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