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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Michael Green
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2009  
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Series cast summary:
Ian McShane ...  King Silas Benjamin 13 episodes, 2009
Christopher Egan ...  David Shepherd 13 episodes, 2009
Susanna Thompson ...  Queen Rose Benjamin 13 episodes, 2009
Allison Miller ...  Michelle Benjamin 13 episodes, 2009
Eamonn Walker ...  Reverend Ephram Samuels 13 episodes, 2009
Sebastian Stan ...  Jack Benjamin 13 episodes, 2009
Dylan Baker ...  William Cross 13 episodes, 2009
Michael Crane ...  Chancellor Hanson 13 episodes, 2009
Marlyne Barrett ...  Thomasina 12 episodes, 2009
Jason Antoon ...  Boyden 11 episodes, 2009
Joel Marsh Garland ...  Klotz 11 episodes, 2009
Wes Studi ...  General Linus Abner 8 episodes, 2009
Becky Ann Baker ...  Jessie Shepherd 8 episodes, 2009
Steve Rosen ...  Perry Straussler 8 episodes, 2009
Sarita Choudhury ...  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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USA

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English

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15 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A királyság See more »

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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The military vehicles used by the Gilboa army are Swedish Army vehicles - most notably the Volvo C300-series - with original paint schemes and license plates. See more »

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

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The Best King David Miniseries Ever
8 April 2009 | by stephenhowSee all my reviews

I caught this show by chance in the 4th episode, and had no idea it was based on the Biblical story of King David. I simply enjoyed it as a soap-opera in the court of an alternate-reality, present-day functioning monarchy. (One with royal decrees, cellphones, and young royals in the tabloids.) Then I watched the first 3 episodes on Hulu.com, and figured out the plot line reads directly out of the King David Wikipedia page.

But its brilliant, because it follows the exact story of David's ascension to the throne against the first King of Israel Saul (Silas), with all the characters and relationships from the Bible, with all the drama and intrigue of Shakespeare's Richard III. David saves the King's son in battle (vs. Goliath), and the King rewards him with a military position and the hand of his daughter (Michelle/Michal). Meanwhile the King's son (Jack/Jonathan) sees David as a threat to his own position. Soon, Silas realises David is the anointed successor, and plots to kill him.

All of this is done masterfully, as the writers cleverly (and transparently) work the plot and intrigue into the modern day setting. It plays like modern Shakespeare of a North American monarchy. The story is so engrossing, you forget you're watching science fiction / fantasy. It has all the elements of a classic story, and is extremely entertaining.

I think all of the episodes are already in the can, and I can guess all 13 episodes play out the entire story of David's reign, wife, son, etc. I never knew the story of David until now, and I'll probably read the Wikipedia page as I finish watching the series.


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