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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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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.


Gabriel Byrne
as Earl Haraldson
Travis Fimmel
as Ragnar Lothbrok
George Blagden
as Athelstan
Ivan Kaye
as King Aelle
Linus Roache
as King Ecbert
Nathan O'Toole
as Bjorn Lothbrok
Elinor Crawley
as Thyri Haraldson
Trevor Cooper
as Earl Bjarni
Kevin Flood
as Old Man
Ragga Ragnars
as Gunnhild
Martin White
as Housecarl
Cathy White
as Ealswith
Sean Tracy
as Egbert
Tristan McConnell
as Saxon Warrior
Adam Copeland
as Kjetill Flatnose
Deirdre Mullins
as Peasant Woman
Tim Fellingham
as Viking Messenger
Roanna Cochrane
as Slave Girl
Michael Liebmann
as Saxon Messenger
Steven Blades
as Rus Officer #2
Mark Quigley
as Kiev Noble
Tom Leavey
as Villager
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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.

February 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.

February 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.

February 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.

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

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

February 24, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

October 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Vikings: Season 1



Super Reviewer

Despite some decent production values and beautiful vistas, Vikings is held back by a very basic script with not very smart dialogue that are as obvious as it can get. There's no double meaning, no deep recollections to what is happening or bound to happen, it's just poor and too direct. Worse, is that many of the characters are not well polished and don't have any decent arc to write home about. Hell, even Ragnar barely evolves from episode 1 until the end of Season 2 and that is a problem. Still, it's fairly entertaining and you can learn a thing or two from it, so it might be worth a look by those with interest in the subject.

Francisco G.

Super Reviewer


Moderately rocky to start off with, but will certainly engage you before the end of the season's brief 9 episode run.


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