King David 2.0

Recently I’ve been watching “Kings,” a TV series that appeared on NBC in the summer of 2009. Back then I watched the series on and off, and now it’s available for free on Hulu–all 12 or 13 episodes, depending on how you count.

The series loosely adapts the biblical story of King David, moving him into the 21st century in an alternate world where a prosperous modern society is ruled by kings. David Shepherd (get it?) serves in the army of his king, Silas Benjamin (get it again?). Silas’s daughter Michelle Benjamin stands in for the biblical Michal as David’s love interest. And David is son of Jesse as in the Bible, only Jessie is his widowed mother. Reverend Samuels acts as spiritual guide to both King Silas and young David.

David makes a name for himself in battle by blowing up a Goliath-class tank of the enemy’s. Called to the capital, he finds himself in the middle of court intrigue, barely escaping assassination. Although the series is a drama, it uses two characters for comic relief: a pair of inept security guards at the palace–the kind of touch Shakespeare sometimes used.

Any other fans of the series out there? If not, maybe you’ll become one. It’s good TV.

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3 Responses to “King David 2.0”

  1. Bradley England Says:

    I definitely am dr. bridges- I had a blast watching that show =). I think it’d be a History of Israel extra credit type assignment- write a paper identifying the show’s parallels and downfalls! Then again it might not be productive to get students addicted to a tv series in mid semester =)

  2. cbridges6159 Says:

    Good point, Brad. I’ll be cautious.

  3. Kristi Says:

    I’ve seen all 12-13 episodes. 🙂 Surely a fan. Not a fan of the portrayal of Jonathan though…perhaps because he’s one of my favorite characters in the narrative…

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