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In the midst of battle, David struggles with his feelings for Michal and devises a plan to get King Saul’s approval to marry her instead of Merav. Michal confides in Jonathan and asks him to watch out for David on his journey. Fueled by suspicion and jealousy, Ishbal seeks out Eliab to travel back to Bethlehem so he can find out more about David. Meanwhile, Ahinoam simmers with anger over David’s humiliation of Merav, and Saul empathizes with David’s plight by pledging to be faithful and more loving toward Ahimoam,

Episode Title: Beasts of the Reeds
Airs: 1969-12-31 at 22:00
  • Mark A. Perigard

    It’s bloody, grim, as overtly sexual as a commercial broadcast network can be, occasionally engrossing and only tangentially related to any serious inquiry into Christianity.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    What ABC has tried to do is make something that will appeal to the sword-and-sandal crowd and the faith-based one. Predictably, neither will be pleased.... Prophets manages a few things well--notably the production values--and gives American TV audiences their first good, long look at the fine veteran British actor Ray Winstone. Newcomer Rix is promising, too.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    The story dawdles at times, despite efforts to spice things up with some of that good ol’ Old Testament iniquity.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    Of Kings and Prophets is too worldly and iconoclastic for the faith crowd, not worldly and iconoclastic enough for everyone else. There’s some impressive sword and sandal spectacle--there’s a creative, gruesome treatment of David’s clash with Goliath--but it’s mostly dingily lit chamber drama.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Mitchel Broussard

    There’s more potential to Of Kings And Prophets than in past cracks at such sword-and-sandal fare, but it’s not a very amiable prophecy when the show starts losing the reigns on even its most straightforward of story lines (David and Saul’s frenemy feud) so soon into its run.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    There are moments when Of Kings and Prophets seems sincere and very timely in its examination of the tense and historically troubling relationship between politics and religion.... But those moments are few and far between, at least in early episodes, which seem more interested in proving once again that people are people no matter what the century or how true the script is to the time period.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Rob Lowman

    The story of David has always fascinated because it contains so many universal dramatic and psychological elements. This is not the worst version of the tale, just a pedestrian one.

    Los Angeles Daily News Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    This muddled series, at least from the first three episodes, doesn’t give a viewer much to latch onto.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Erik Adams

    With its many moving parts never quite working in unison, Of Kings And Prophets plays the game of thrones and neither wins nor dies.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Creators Adam Cooper and Bill Collage might have wanted to sex-and-violence up the most famous black book ever, but they end up just creating a bunch of silliness, full of shepherd bro talk and sexy Old Testament flirting. They are not aided by the television tradition known as Every Historic Tale Must Be Played by British Actors.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Watching, you feel as though its story is just familiar enough to seem inevitable whenever it’s not tedious, and its earnestness short-circuits any electrical charge of wit or sexiness.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Isaac Feldberg

    The show is content to revel in sweaty theatrics and solid performances, and its source material provides enough narrative direction that the writers can likely get by just fine with an excess of gritty-reboot reinterpretation more than real imagination. What’s most sorely lacking in Of Kings and Prophets, though, is that same spark of narrative ingenuity.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    A scattered, superficial narrative that doesn’t gain much traction. Despite the efforts of the varied cast and the show’s directors, who come up with some memorable visuals, those looking for either biblical education or soapy thrills are likely to end up praying for deliverance.

    Variety Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    The whole affair seems like a major miscalculation: Of Kings and Prophets seemingly features too much sex and violence for some churchgoers and not enough clarity for anyone else.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    Think “Game of Thrones” for broadcast TV, minus dragons, with over-the-top melodrama, as much skin as broadcast TV will allow and bad dialog.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    You can be forgiven for not immediately recognizing the Biblical king, lost as he is in the muddled cheesefest that is ABC’s Of Kings and Prophets.

    USA Today Full Review

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