Vikings: Season 1 Reviews

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March 2, 2019
It deals mostly with one family, rather than the dozens that populate the world of GoT - the show is as good, if not better, at a lot of elements familiar to fans of George RR Martin's epic.
October 20, 2018
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
July 5, 2018
The plotting and characterisation are simple going on simplistic, but business picks up as Ragnar takes the boys off to northeast England in episode two, and the whole thing has a drive and seriousness of purpose
June 19, 2018
The show's true merit lies in stunning Irish sets, a phenomenal cast, and an engaging story in main character Ragnar Lothbrok.
November 2, 2017
Vikings is a woad-streaked tale of scheming, slaughter and recreational pillaging that puts drama before historical pedantry. Carnage, with plaited beards to spare.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 24, 2014
In a way, it's all just another iteration of Tony Soprano, as Vikings emphasizes a core pride and nobility in this tribe of thugs and galoots.
February 24, 2014
Such is the power of Vikings that we come to know and even root for them, so enthralling are they and almost everything else here.
February 24, 2014
If you're not too picky about historical accuracy, and not too put off by cheap-looking computer effects, you'll find much to enjoy in this entertaining adventure, bolstered by a terrifically engaging performance from Travis Fimmel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 24, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 24, 2014
It offers an enjoyable mix of broad emoting and bloody action that's viscerally (if not exactly intellectually) satisfying.
February 24, 2014
Vikings is great to look at, shot gorgeously in Ireland with a reported $40 million budget and a cast with many familiar faces.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 24, 2014
The good news is Vikings improves with each episode, slowly building its fascinating characters and discovering its ultimately absorbing tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 24, 2014
After I got used to the harshness of the setting/period through the first five episodes, Vikings hooked me with its characters and story.
Top Critic
February 24, 2014
Starts slow, gets better, and very nice to look at.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 24, 2014
The role of high technology is a particularly germane facet of Vikings, lending the series an unexpected resonance in today's society grappling with the cyberfrontier.
February 24, 2014
Despite such occasional awkwardness, Vikings is an entertaining educated guess about what went on during an intriguing but underexplored moment in history.
February 24, 2014
The series has a huge amount of sword-fighting, plundering, non-graphic sex (no nudity) and bloodshed, which will appeal to fans of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 24, 2014
"All Change" set the stage nicely for Season 2.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.2/10
February 24, 2014
A hit that has a few interesting ideas lurking under its impressive array of beards.
February 24, 2014
A winning combination of action and historical drama that should attract a robust audience.
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