A modern day, alternate-reality drama about a hero who rises to become the King of his nation, based on the biblical story of King David.

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 King Silas Benjamin (13 episodes, 2009)
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 David Shepherd (13 episodes, 2009)
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 Queen Rose Benjamin (13 episodes, 2009)
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 Michelle Benjamin (13 episodes, 2009)
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 Reverend Ephram Samuels (13 episodes, 2009)
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 Jack Benjamin (13 episodes, 2009)
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 William Cross (13 episodes, 2009)
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 Chancellor Hanson (13 episodes, 2009)
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 Thomasina (12 episodes, 2009)
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 Boyden (11 episodes, 2009)
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 Klotz (11 episodes, 2009)
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 General Linus Abner (8 episodes, 2009)
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 Jessie Shepherd (8 episodes, 2009)
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 Perry Straussler (8 episodes, 2009)
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 Helen Pardis (6 episodes, 2009)
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King Silas Benjamin came to power in a mythical battle against the rival neighbor republic of Gath, capitalizing brilliantly and ruthlessly on his near-godly image. Farm-boy David Shepherd performs as well, saving Silas's crown prince in another epic battle, but is too noble and naive to aspire personal benefit rather then devoutly serve king and country. Nevertheless, after Silas decides to abuse David's legend, the hero is drawn into palace intrigues culminating into coup plans against Silas. Written by KGF Vissers

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The DVDs of the complete series were released in the USA on September 29th, 2009, Ian McShane's 67th birthday. See more »

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Referenced in Séries express: Episode #1.9 (2008) See more »

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Best new series in a generation
24 March 2009 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Finally something intelligent and well done that does a network proud. When was the last time anyone in charge of a network production could say that? I was amazed that a TV production was permitted to adapt a biblical story to commercial television and not make it a travesty. The writing, acting and casting are first rate and the ingenious production that sets the story in a modern setting easily identifiable to not only American but World audiences is outstanding. How power corrupts and becomes the guiding principle of a regime (whether its elected or hereditary) and how human failings overshadow all the events they contrive and no matter what they orchestrate, realize that they are really never in control.

Ian McShane steals the show as the King and is perfectly cast. The writers have even managed to depict the proper tone of a man falling from the pinnacle knowing that his path is taking him to ultimate failure after he's abandoned his principles.

Kudos to Christopher Egan and Allison Miller. Egan as the 'David' and reluctant hero and Allison as the love interest and King's daughter who wants to be more than just another pretty face.

Th writing is first rate and I'm amazed that it survived the usual story development process as well as it did.

It's a do not miss and will be talked about for years.


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