A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Judeo-Christian narratives; jealousy, power explored.
Positive Role Models
Saul is troubled, jealous; Samuel is bitter, David flawed.
Violence & Scariness
Bloody, savage battles, gruesome killings, floggings.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Very strong innuendo, simulated sex, silhouettes of naked bodies. Prostitution, concubines.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine, references to drunkenness.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Of Kings And Prophets is a series based on the biblical story of Saul and David. Though drawn from Judeo-Christian themes, it focuses more on drama than faith or spiritual messages. It contains lots of brutal, bloody violence, only some of which is shown in context. It also features racy sex scenes with outlines of naked bodies. There is some drinking (wine) and scenes with prostitutes, and the word "damn" is used.
Is It Any Good?
The series relies on the biblical stories drawn from ancient religious texts and uses lots of show biz style to create a melodramatic chronicle of one of the most significant periods in Jewish history. Fueling the drama is its suggestion of espionage, personal vendettas, and other events, as well as savage violence. The sexual exploits featured throughout also give it a soap opera-like quality and sometimes push the boundaries of network television.
It's meant to be more entertaining than accurate and isn't driven by the spiritual lessons. You don't need much (if any) knowledge of the Bible to follow the sequence of events, but folks familiar with the story of David and Goliath and related narratives will have an easier time with it. Nonetheless, chances are that faith-driven viewers will cringe at, if not be offended by, this televised interpretation.
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