Vikings: Season 1 (2013)

Season 1

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Vikings makes up for its lack of historical accuracy with a heaping helping of violence, romance, and striking visuals.



Critic Ratings: 33


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Air date: Mar 3, 2013

Rites of Passage: Historical drama following Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) as he defies local ruler Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne) in his quest to discover new lands.

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Air date: Mar 10, 2013

Wrath Of The Northmen: Ragnar goes against the wishes local cheiftan Earl Haraldson and sets sail into the unknown west. But he will be made to pay for his disobedience.

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Air date: Mar 17, 2013

Ragnar and his crew raid a monastery, securing a bounty of riches that impresses the earl.

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Air date: Mar 24, 2013

Trial: Ragnar and Lagertha discover their actions have grave consequences when they lead a bloody invasion under the watchful eye of Earl Haraldson's spy.

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Air date: Mar 31, 2013

Raid: A seer reveals a startling prediction about Earl Haraldson's future that forces the powerful chieftain to take drastic measures. Drama with Gabriel Byrne. (S1, ep 5).

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Air date: Apr 7, 2013

Ragnar faces off with the Earl after learning of Rollo's torture.

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Air date: Apr 14, 2013

Ragnar presents a proposal to King Aelle.

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Air date: Apr 21, 2013

Ragnar attempts to cope with the death of his unborn son; Lagertha seeks answers from the gods.

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Air date: Apr 28, 2013

All Change: Ragnar's fidelity to Lagertha is tested when he meets a beautiful woman during a mission to Gotaland. Back home, a terrible plague strikes his family and people.

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Series 1 begins with a Viking named Ragnar Lothbrok trying to pursuade those around him to invade England. Ragnar's desire for more wealth and power grow and along the way he makes a powerful enemy in the form of Earl Haraldson.

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Critic Reviews for Vikings Season 1

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (22)

It's rare that a work of fiction has us hoping that barbarians will resume robbing and killing innocent people, but our motivation isn't sympathy with the series' heroes. It's boredom.

Feb 24, 2014 | Full Review…

The series is nonetheless transporting in its way, largely because it doesn't try too hard to soften or civilize the characters.

Feb 24, 2014 | Full Review…

Vikings is yet another epic example of what the shrinking Big Four broadcast networks just aren't doing anymore. It's now left to others to mount captivating, money-on-the-screen trips to other times and places.

Feb 24, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Vikings is great to look at, shot gorgeously in Ireland with a reported $40 million budget and a cast with many familiar faces.

Feb 24, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Starts slow, gets better, and very nice to look at.

Feb 24, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Though Vikings tries hard, unfortunately it can't hold a flaming torch to the big medieval bad boy on the block [Game of Thrones].

Mar 1, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Swooped in from out of nowhere and, in a manner befitting the actual Vikings of yore, seized the title of Most Metal Show on Television

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

The show's true merit lies in stunning Irish sets, a phenomenal cast, and an engaging story in main character Ragnar Lothbrok.

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

"All Change" set the stage nicely for Season 2.

Feb 24, 2014 | Rating: 7.2/10 | Full Review…

For all of Vikings' historical value, the show is never lacking action, adventure, romance, intrigue, and suspense, making it an extraordinarily enjoyable watch.

Feb 24, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Stick with these Vikings as they embark on their epic journey. The trip gets better and better as it develops.

Feb 24, 2014 | Full Review…

Once the wind picks up, Vikings could make for a sturdy adventure.

Feb 24, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Vikings: Season 1

  • Jan 13, 2021
    An incredible start to an incredible show. If you are a fan of Historical dramas including the Last Kingdom or Game of Thrones you will enjoy it. Its fast pace and excellent characters and story make this first season gripping throughout. One of my favourite shows and I highly recommend it.
  • Jan 04, 2021
    A beautiful series which i followed all along with their journey. I always rated it the best show ever watched by me but the 2nd part of the 6th season was complete bullshit, total crap and filled with disappointment. Would have been real happy if the series would have ended at the end of season 5 at the high. I still am very frustrated with the utter rubbish's in the last 10 episodes of the 6th season. If i ever get my hands on the writer i would cut them off. After soo many good seasons, half the season destroyed the reputation of Vikings.
  • Jan 03, 2021
    Starts off a little slow (like all good shows) however overall excellent season one. 5 stars.
  • Jan 02, 2021
    One of the best shows, but the way the entire series ends is extremely disappointing 💔
  • Nov 30, 2020
    One of the best shows on TV now. Kinetic, dramatic, and at turns humorous; and there is a reason Bishop Barron calls it the most religious show on screen (it doesn't proselytize). Both the Viking paganism and the historical Christianity are on full display.
  • Nov 27, 2020
    Bringing us into the world of Vikings, learning how they live, think, and survive. Slow pace with exceptional storytelling, plenty of characters story and their development. Outstanding acting from everyone too. Everything went well up until Season 4 | follow us at
  • Nov 19, 2020
    Pretty boring and hard to keep interested but i know it's only gonna get better
  • Aug 14, 2020
    Vikings show passionate characters like Ragnar and his peers, where it is shown that the dream is what should rule life (Travel to England). Even if it is necessary to break rules! Love!
  • Jul 28, 2020
    One of the best and most creative seasons of television I have watched. There is a special feeling to this season, with it very much giving off Nordic vibes and a true feeling of adventure and curiosity. Travis Fimmel's performance is scintillating and lights up every scene, even though it is apparent that the budget for the season was not huge. Furthermore, the relationship between the characters, the conflicts, the religions, are all done perfectly. Absolute must-watch.
  • Jul 15, 2020
    Vikings Season 1 | Detailed note: 8.4

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