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Kingdom - (S01E03)


Ryan settles into a new job with fellow ex-cons while Alvey meets with Ryan's parole officer. Nate begins physical therapy. Keith is taunted by Michael. Ryan learns of Keith's past. Jay offers Christina a way out.

Episode Title: Piece of Plastic
Airs: 2014-10-22 at 09:00 pm
  • Kyle Anderson

    Without surging too deep into soapy territory, Kingdom grinds out excellent family drama via lived-in characters and escalating stakes. The cast's chemistry is phenomenal, with Jonas as the standout.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Kate Kulzick

    Featuring a strong cast, a unique setting, and an alternately energetic and reflective tone, the series has a lot going for it and could easily grow into a surprise hit for DirecTV.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    So we have solid setups here for tales of love, redemption, friendship and the same championship dreams that made Rocky an American icon.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    This is an incredibly violent and an incredibly powerful show about men who find it difficult to talk to one another but have no problem raising their voices--and their fists.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    It's not a great show, but it's a solid one that, like the various fighters in Alvey's stable, has the potential to knock you out if it can put everything together.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    It's almost as if, like its testosterone-fueled fighters, the show loses its mind every once in a while and just has to punch something, and punch it and punch it and punch it. Between these attacks, however, it relaxes into well-written scenes in which the wounded characters express ideas and feelings other than rage.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    A grueling but intriguing new double-fisted drama set in the world of mixed martial arts.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    The premiere feels a little overly long--it clocks in at 53 minutes--but it capably creates the show’s insular world of blood, sweat and cheers, ending in an inevitable fight that features Nate as Ryan and Jay offer encouragement from the sidelines.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Diane Garrett

    After an exceedingly violent first episode, it eases up a notch, and the show is better for it.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    It’s to the credit of all concerned, frankly, that Kingdom is more compelling than it sounds, conjuring a gritty atmosphere (you can practically smell the gym through the TV) around its fractured family ties, along with familiar questions regarding redemption and second chances.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Creator Byron Balasco’s sense of pacing seems off, as if he’s trying to figure out the direction as he goes along. The dialogue, too, runs in laps. If I had to listen to Grillo bark, “Relax!” one more time, I might punch my own TV. But with actors such as Lauria and Jonas driving the drama, Kingdom may yet rise.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Most of all, DirecTV seems to have a serious case of “Ray Donovan” envy. But the series remains watchable because of otherwise competent scripts, convincing verisimilitude in character and setting, a lot of throbbing, rippling, sweaty eye candy, crackling action scenes and frequently strong, nuanced performances.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review

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