Vikings: Season 1 (2013)



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


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Air date: Mar 3, 2013
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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 (32) | Top Critics (18)

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…

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…
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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…
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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…
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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…

A hit that has a few interesting ideas lurking under its impressive array of beards.

Feb 24, 2014 | Full Review…

There are more ambitious dramas on television right now, but few that deliver as consistently on what is promised than Vikings.

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

Audience Reviews for Vikings: Season 1

It was really boring to see Ivar as the antagonist, every episode u was hoping him to get killed

Mildly entertaining trash. Typical male fantasy violence porn. I guess that's why I like it. Lame-o's like me can watch a show like this and fantasize about being a badass Viking warrior. The lead actor, Travis Fimmel, is one of the worst lead actors I've ever seen. Right down there with Kit Harrington, Steven Strait, and Antony Starr -- lame-o's who can't act and have the same dumb look on their faces in every scene, no matter what emotion they're supposed to be conveying. I guess that's the modern trend in today's TV shows. Anyway, if you're a loser who wants to live out your fantasy about being a badass Viking warrior, watch this show.

I'd love to see a saga like this about us, Slavs. Any recommendations?

First episodes are riveting but soon becomes cliche and predictable.

I cant fault this series. A must see. Congratulations on script and the fantastic acting!

my number 1 show of all time

TLDR: Recommended for fans of the genre; draws inspiration from history over recreating it beat for beat in a way that's quite effective. A few standout performances and action set pieces in just about every episode. I think the place to start with Vikings is - what is it? In season 1, even the creators appeared to be figuring it out. There seemed (to me) to be scenes that existed only for the sake of showing off different aspects of Viking culture. But as the seasons go on, it settles into a groove that falls somewhere between historical dramatization and pure fiction. While most of the major characters are based on historical figures, they and the things they did are shuffled around a bit in order to clash in dramatic fashion. For pure history buffs, this might be off putting. But for me, the drama inspired me to learn more about these people and their stories. For a show hidden away on the History channel, it looks fantastic. There are plenty of big action set pieces, such that we never forget we're watching a violent culture during a time when life was brutish and short. While characters do die in the series, there are definitely points when you can almost see the plot armor as a character charges recklessly towards a near-certain death. Speaking of the characters, there are some real performance gems here. Travis Fimmel's Ragnar just jumps of the screen, crackling with unbridled chaotic energy Its no small task, as Ragnar's character is not a cartoon - consciously exuding the image of the ideal Viking warrior to those around him, while still managing to show the audience his doubt, his loving heart that is so often broken, and his child-like curiosity in the world outside Kattegat. Gustaf' Skarsgard's Floki similarly sticks with me, as he chews up the screen every chance he gets. And in later seasons, Linus Roache is a treat as King Ecbert: his calm precision providing a worthy foil to Ragnar's bubbling chaos. The few standout performances really make the show. Without them, Vikings would be, to borrow a sports term, "replacement-level" sword-and-shield fare. But with them its a worthwhile way to spend an hour winding down in the evening.

Very interesting season.

Unlikable protagonist and too much sexism but otherwise than that - good.

This is a brilliant show. It rivals Game of Thrones...yes, I said it! GOT has several stories going at one time, often times making the viewer wait 2-3 episodes to find out what is going on. This story focuses primarily on one story and boy is it a good one. Wonderful story telling and screen writing. Superb acting. A Must see for any fantasy genre peeps out there.

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