Only Two Days to Catch Up on NBC’s “Kings”

I had posted before about the NBC show, “Kings.” (It is a television series based on the rise of David in Saul’s court, set in a world culturally and technologically similar to our present day.) That first link shows my previous post on the show, and the second links to its Hulu page.

The show was suspended mid-season, and has definitely been cancelled. However, the remaining episodes are to be available on Hulu beginning June 14.

An important point: Hulu only keeps a handful of episodes available at a time: it will drop the pilot episode when it posts Episode 6. So, you have only a couple of days to watch the two-hour premiere if you haven’t already (“Goliath,” parts one and two).

[Later: Robin Abrahams makes me aware that you can also catch full episodes on NBC’s site until September 20. Thanks, Robin!]

If you love biblical studies, especially Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, you owe it to yourself to give the show a look. If you complain (and who does not?) about the lack of thoughtful Bible stuff on the teevee, then it is actually mandatory that you take a look. Whether you end up liking it or not, I can guarantee that the show is not simplistic in its reading or interpretation of the story of David or in its theology.

Have any of you already seen the available five episodes? What are your reactions?

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3 Responses

  1. I feel duty-bound to check these out; but is there any chance NBC will rebroadcast them in HD (a la Bravo)? YMMV, but to me, streaming TV on the Web is only for desperate situations.

  2. It’s a good question, but I cannot find information about it at the NBC site. For my part, our “actual” TV is such a dinosaur that our best viewing is on the laptops!

  3. I have been following the show since it aired. So far, I really like some of the things they have done, though some of it is cheesy (like Goliath being a tank).

    The only thing I do not like has been the characterization of Jonathan as a power-hungry brat trying to get the attention and approval of his father. I suppose it adds a bit of drama to the relationship between David and Jonathan, but it strays too far off the character for me. I do think the move to make him a homosexual character is interesting, though.

    Rev. Samuels rocks.

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