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The Bible: Season 1 (2013)



Critic Consensus: An earnest but shallow take on the Greatest Story ever Told, The Bible suffers from leaden pacing and mediocre special effects.


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Diogo Morgado stars as Jesus Christ in this docudrama chronicling major events from the Bible. Other cast members include Roma Downey (Mother Mary), William Houston (Moses) and Gary Oliver (Abraham).


Roma Downey
as Mother Mary
Sean Knopp
as Joshua
Gary Oliver
as Abraham
Sean Teale
as Young Ramesses
Amber Rose Revah
as Mary Magdalene
Peter Guinness
as Nebuchadnezzar
Greg Hicks
as Pilate
Simon Kunz
as Nicodemus
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Critic Reviews for The Bible: Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (11)

This production makes Cecil B. DeMille look like a sober theologian.

March 4, 2013 | Full Review…

I won't presume to judge the result for accuracy in relation to the source material. However, purely as drama, The Bible is -- how can I put this politely? -- ridiculous.

March 3, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The Bible takes a familiarly earnest and plodding approach with a lot of overwrought acting by a cast of a thousand accents.

February 28, 2013 | Full Review…

The Bible has its moments, but the producers should have gone for the Gospel truth.

March 1, 2013 | Full Review…

This Bible probably won't offend anyone, but it's hard to imagine it will inspire anyone, either.

March 1, 2013 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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Producer Burnett's first fully scripted series provides strong evidence that he should resume doing what no one else does better. "Reality" series are his forte. The Bible is Old and New Testament to that.

March 1, 2013 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for The Bible: Season 1


From the History Channel comes the biblical epic The Bible, a ten part miniseries covering both the Old and New Testament. Starting with Noah and the Flood, the episodes proceed to tell most of the major, well-known bible stories; Sodom and Gomorrah, Moses freeing the Hebrews, King David, Samson defeating the Philistines, and of course Jesus' ministry and crucifixion. However, some of the Old Testament episodes seem kind of rushed, squeezing in two or three stories per episode. And there's a kind of reverse whitewashing, making the characters as racially diverse as possible (despite most of them being Jewish) and Mary Magdalene is portrayed as a de facto 13th apostle. Yet for the most part, it stays remarkably faithful to Judeo-Christian tradition. The production values are really quite good (better than a lot of other biblical television dramas) and the writers do an impressive job at condensing the major events of the Bible and constructing a connecting narrative that flows rather well. A powerful and inspirational miniseries, The Bible delivers a spiritual message that still resonates with audiences.


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