Kings on NBC cancelledNetwork: NBC
Episodes: 13 (hour)
Seasons: One

TV show dates: March 15, 2009 — July 25, 2009
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Ian McShane, Christopher Egan, Dylan Baker, Susanna Thompson, Eamonn Walker, Michael Patrick Crane, Allison Miller, Sebastian Stan, Jason Antoon, Joel Garland, Wes Studi, Marlyne Afflack, Sarita Choudhury, Steve Rosen, Macaulay Culkin, Becky Ann Baker, Hisham Tawfiq, Kadin George, Kobi George, and Quarles Antoine.

TV show description:      
A retelling of the King David story from the Bible, this TV series revolves around power struggles, romance, secret alliances and a young hero who rises to power in a modern-day kingdom.

The country of Gilboa bears a close resemblance to a modern day United States, except that it is an absolute monarchy, ruled by King Silas Benjamin (Ian McShane). The kingdom was formed two decades earlier from three warring nations. Silas believes his power to be divine and often sites the day when a swarm of butterflies landed on his head to form a “living crown.”

Living in the pristine capital city of Shiloh, Silas must deal with the rising tensions between Gilboa and the neighboring nation of Gath. When several prisoners of war are taken, a young and idealistic Gilboan soldier named David Shepherd (Chris Egan) defies orders and crosses enemy lines to save them.

Unknown to David, one of the soldiers he saves is Jack Benjamin (Sebastian Stan), the king’s ambitious son and a closet homosexual. David becomes an instant star in the national media, much to the chagrin of the prince.

Silas promotes David to Captain and thrusts him into the role of media liaison. David finds himself surrounded by a world of royal court policies, unaware of the many different forces at work, including Gilboa’s head of the military, General Linus Abner (Wes Studi). David soon develops feelings for Princess Michelle, the king’s beautiful intelligent and outspoken daughter, and she seems to return them.

David also experiences the “living crown” of butterflies which seems to indicate that God has chosen a new ruler, much to Silas’ chagrin. Religious leader Reverend Ephram Samuels (Eamonn Walker) has backed Silas but begins to change his mind.

But the king has other challenges as well. His policies and actions are being manipulated by his brother-in-law, William Cross (Dylan Baker), who holds a great deal of influence over the royal treasury.

The king is married to the supportive yet distant Queen Rose Benjamin (Susanna Thompson). Silas secretly sees a mistress named Helen (Sarita Choudhury) who he once gave up in order to marry Rose for political gain. Aside from their affair, Silas and Helen also share a young illegitimate son.

Series Finale:     
Episode 13 — The New King, part two
Jack is getting nervous as people loyal to him start turning up dead; he fears Silas’ return. William berates him for his weak stomach and tells him to grow a pair. Meanwhile, King Silas takes over the radio and announces to the people that he is alive and that evil men have taken over the government. He asks the people to support him and tells the usurpers that he is the rightful King and that is coming back to Shiloh.

A remorseful Samuels stops to question Jack. Jack is waiting for a sign from God that he is doing the right thing, but Jack says that he feels nothing. Samuels tells him he feels nothing because God does not keep council with sinners. Jack pleads that he will make good on the innocents that William has killed as soon as he is crowned. Samuels will have none of it and tells Jack that he is not the one God wants.

Samuels’ words seem to have the opposite effect on Jack that Samuels intended. Jack returns to his advisors a hardened man; when an advisor voices a concern for Silas, Jack has him shot on the spot. Horrified, Princess Michele stands and asks Jack when he became more of a monster than their father. Jack orders a soldier to take aim and promises he will shoot her if she doesn’t sit. Seeing her children stand off, Rose rises beside Michele and asks him if he can shoot both of them. Jack breaks and orders them out.

Rose councils Michele and tells her that in she must protect herself and her unborn child by keeping her head down and her mouth shut until Silas returns. Back with Silas and David, Silas seems to have recovered from his wounds. He and David are not yet reconciled. David tells him that he fights with Silas because he can bring peace not because he loves Silas. He vows to leave the second Silas is returned to throne and asks only that if God ever speaks to Silas again, that he listen this time.

As things are prepared for Jacks coronation, William is informed that Samuels refuses to attend the ceremony. As Samuels expects, William sends a team to kill him. William informs Jack that the crown is gone and Samuels will not anoint him King. While Jack worries, William assures him that because Samuels has already publicly endorsed him the people will not care.

Jack walks into the coronation and kneels as the ceremony begins while Samuels prays for forgiveness and asks God to live long enough to right his wrongs but is shot in the head before he can finish. Silas walks up the street toward the palace and a regiment of armed soldiers. Though they take aim he orders them to stand aside, William who has just been made aware, orders them to fire. Behind Silas, a squad of Goliath tanks follows. The rumbling disrupts the coronation and Jack is not crowned.

Jack and William run out as David pops out of the Goliath and tells the soldiers to stand aside. William orders a soldier to find his son and bring him to the airfield. David reasons with the soldiers and asks that is they want peace they stand aside. They do and Silas enters the palace to be greeted by Rose carrying the true crown.

Silas demands to know the whereabouts of Jack and William but the room is silent. Out of the silence, Jack walks to his father and tells him that God did not want him to be king. He tells his father that he is ready to die but Silas informs him he will experience worse things than death. As Silas sits on the throne, David leaves. Escaping through the tunnels, William cannot find Andrew.

It turns out that Andrew is still in the castle, he tells Silas of Williams escape plans. When questioned by Silas, Andrew says he has learned who should be king and now that he has lost a father, and Silas has lost a son, he wants only to be a part of the family. Silas smiles. Back in David’s apartment, David is packing when Michele knocks on the door. Michele asks to run away with him, she tells him she would leave everything behind to be with him.

For her loyalty, Silas offers Rose anything but she wants nothing. As they speak, Silas hears thunder and knows that God is talking to him. He goes outside so they can converse freely. He asks for God’s forgiveness and it starts to rain, taking this as a sign Silas is please but in the thunder he hears God ask for something he does not wish to do. He begs God not to go but the storm subsides. Inside, he asks Thomasina to find Shepherd.

Back in the mansion, David and Silas speak. Silas tells David that God asked for David to stay and take Silas’s place. David does not agree but Silas thinks that God has been whispering in David’s ear this whole time. Silas stabs David with hot poker and starts to beat David. Silas calls God a backstabbing, cheating whore. David gets the upper hand and starts to viciously hit Silas, screaming that maybe he should be King. Horrified by the turn of events, David runs out and into Michele. He tells her Silas will never let them go.

Michele and a wounded David run to the church to find Reverend Samuels, not knowing he is already dead. Samuels appears to them, apparently well. David tells Samuels that Silas thinks he has stolen his favor with God. Samuels explains to David that God chose him whether he likes it or not to be the new King. Samuels tells David he must run to Gath where Silas will never find him. He says that Michele cannot follow him but God will never leave him alone. Michele gives David her rings and tells him she will always love him. He tells her that he will never stop loving her. Samuels tells them they have exchanged vows of love before God and are forever married.

Back at the mansion, Thomasina leads Lucinda into the comfortable room where Jack is being held. She informs him that Silas has ordered for him a living hell, trapped with Lucinda, whom he loathes because her adoration of him, until they produce an heir. Lucinda embraces him and he forces her away. Jack pleads with Thomasina but she leaves him.

Michele runs into Rose’s room to find Rose and Silas together. Before a confused Michele, Rose orders Michele exiled for one year for treason. Rose whispers to Michele that this is necessary as Michele is led out by guards. Alone again, Rose tells Silas they will begin again. As Rose leaves, Silas begins to talk to Samuels who has suddenly appeared to him. Silas vows that he and God are now constant enemies. Samuels tells Silas that the day he lays a hand on David is the day he dies. In the Republic of Gath, David runs into the woods to hide.
First aired: July 25, 2009. Courtesy NBC.


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  1. chris says

    I loved this show and wish that we could still watch it. I cant belive they arnt bring this show. If they advertised this show like they did heros then this show would still be around like heros is

  2. Scott says

    Bring back Kings, this show was awesome, great story lines, really surprised that it wasn’t given more of a chance.

  3. Tom says

    The only intelligent show that survived for more seasons than I thought it would was The West Wing. Shows like Kings have a very poor track record for living past the first few episodes. I can only hope that broadband can usher in a new premium service that will allow for this type of programming to survive. I will gladly put up $15-20 a month for good HD programming. The new is working on this, but it’s not there yet.

  4. says

    Yep, Kings was awesome! I downloaded every episode and was waiting for season two–especially considering the way the first season ended! Talk about weak NBC… C’mon now!

  5. Lorna says

    I just had the opportunity to watch all of the episodes on a friends IPOD. Every episode and they had me hooked. Why can’t we keep something like this on television? I am sick of all the CSI, cops shows. Kings episodes were intriguing, exciting, explosive, creative, entertaining, provocative and kept you not only on the edge of your seat…..but wanting more. Now I have seen all of the episodes available with no hope of seeing any more because the TV knotheads have cancelled the show. I didn’t even know it was on the TV because they didn’t do their job and market it to the public who want to watch it. Put Kings back on television and market it to the right people, you will be amazed at how much money you make with this one. But alas they won’t listen because they know more about what we want than we do….. Put KINGS back on!!!!!!!!!!

  6. OMG WTF!!?? says

    :O……. I’m am so PISSED!! Not just at NBC but at every channel!! This was one good gem and they toss it out the window!! I’m protesting television til they get and keep some GOOD shows!! None of this “Girls next Door” or “Kendra” crap or all those stupid “Desperate Housewives”!! And I agree, how many “cops and robbers” TV shows do we need!? I mean there are all the Law and Order shows, CSI, CSI:Miami, Cold Case,(etc, etc) and then teen dramas like “Gossip Girl” and “Degrassi” why do we need so many shows about teenage troubles!? If I wanna watch a show I will watch it on a totally legal website where I don’t have to wait on schedules based around crappy shows and maybe some day I will support Direct TV or Dish when these stupid channels get some DECENT television shows!! I have no problem what-so-ever paying for my television but I’m tired of having Direct TV or Dish’s premium packages and not ever being able to watch anything because so many of the wrong, worse, and stupidest shows are airing season after season and good shows, like Kings, are being canceled! So, there’s my rant and even though NBC will ignore it I hope it helps get through some body’s head that television is full of crap and something needs to change.

  7. william Sanders says

    I am more and more convinced shows are not made for the audiance . SOOO many people want this show to keep going but none at NBC cares . They have their own agenda for keeping a show that has nothing to do with who watches it

  8. Joan & Caitriona says

    I live in Ireland and RTE 2 are showing Kings at the moment. The Final Episode will be on next week. I was so disappointed when I found out NBC had cancelled this great series. My teenage daughter and I are hooked. There was no advertising about the show here either and RTE put it on after midnight on a Thursday/Friday. I missed the first few episodes and tried to watch them on NBC (didn’t work!). The show is addictive. The more episode you watch the more you want to see. NBC should give it a chance.

  9. Joe Rokicsak says

    This show was great, another example of a network not letting a show get legs, and cutting it to early. Don’t they relized that they are throwing away money here, all the promotions etc. now they will spend more money promoting a show no ones heard of. Also nice time slot…NOT good thing I had DVR series set up or I would of missed the last couple episodes.

  10. Tara says

    Pleeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaassssssssseeeeeeeee bring this show back for a second season! Please! It is so much better than any other T.V. series I have seen, I don’t even watch T.V. because there are so many bad shows on nowadays, and I finally found one that I love. The storyline is so intriguing, the acting is amazing, I couldn’t stop watching it. Please.

  11. Sheila Perry says

    I want this show back on network TV. Who really wants to see reality shows and two to three hours of Dateline? ” Kings” is worth watching. I kept looking forward to seeing it and then I noticed it was off again!!
    Please, bring the series back to us again!! Thank you!!!!

    A true fan of “Kings”

    Wednesdays, Fridays,Mondays, Thursdays are good days for the series. Nothing good is on!!! There are too many doubling of single shows on network TV. Why, I don’t know. “Kings” is much better for viewing. I love the series!!!

  12. Jules says

    My favorite show. Better than Lost, Heroes, and dozens of others. It is better written and acted and I find myself immersed in the story much like a good book. There hasn’t been a show like this in a long, long time. I agree with the previous comments, there are too many crime and law dramas already. This is something fresh and new. Don’t be afraid to go against the flow – take some risk and keep this show going as I think it may pay off. Perhaps you have marketed the show to the wrong population segment. I will miss Kings.

  13. Kelly Ford says

    I enjoy this show. There’s too many hospital/lawyer/cop shows on. This one is refreshingly different.

    Please renew this for another season


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