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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.


Air date: Mar 3, 2013
Air date: Mar 10, 2013
Air date: Mar 17, 2013
Air date: Mar 24, 2013
Air date: Mar 31, 2013
Air date: Apr 7, 2013
Air date: Apr 14, 2013
Air date: Apr 21, 2013
Air date: Apr 28, 2013

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"Vikings" is a fictional retelling of the exploits of Ragnar Lothbrok, a 9th-century Viking chieftain and hero of many Old Norse sagas. The first season dramatizes Ragnar's quest to raid the shores of England, a quest he believes Odin has tasked him to undertake. The season also explores Ragnar's relationship with his wife Lagertha, as well as his conflict with his brother Rollo and their liege lord Earl Haraldson. Travis Fimmel stars as Ragnar Lothbrok. Joining him are Katheryn Winnick as … More


Gabriel Byrne
as Earl Haraldson
Travis Fimmel
as Ragnar Lothbrok
George Blagden
as Athelstan
Ivan Kaye
as King Aelle
Linus Roache
as King Ecbert
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Critic Reviews for Vikings: Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (16)

Vikings is a woad-streaked tale of scheming, slaughter and recreational pillaging that puts drama before historical pedantry. Carnage, with plaited beards to spare.

November 2, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Empire Magazine

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 | Full Review…
Washington Post
Top Critic

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 | Full Review…
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Vikings have always lent themselves to a certain kind of "B" entertainment and this latest iteration proves no exception.

February 24, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

February 24, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
USA Today
Top Critic

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…
Uncle Barky
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Vikings: Season 1

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.
Francisco Godinho

Super Reviewer


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

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

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Chris Browning
Chris Browning

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