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Klondike - S01 E01

Adventure . Western . Drama

Based on actual events from the last great Gold Rush in history, a stampede of fortune seekers make their way to the Klondike boomtown of Dawson City where murder, revenge, riches and redemption await.

Episode Title: Part One
Airs: 2014-01-20 at 09:00 pm
  • David Wiegand

    Klondike grabs you with terrific performances, an unusually rich script, magnificently sweeping visuals of jagged mountains overlooking valleys of ice and snow, and such a convincing attention to period detail, you'll believe you're back in Dawson City at the end of the 19th century.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    The Canadian wilderness scenery is spectacular and the cast is even better.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Klondike delivers its dramatic bounty more effectively and compactly [than Black Sails], capitalizing on some of Discovery's favorite obsessions: dangerous vocations, gold prospecting and harsh Alaska-adjacent terrain, in a fictionalized account of the 1897 gold rush.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Jeanne Jakle

    It's so atmospheric, you'll absolutely feel the brutal cold.

    San Antonio Express-News Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    Tremendous footage of mountain treks and river running make the spectacle compelling while the sometimes clunky dialogue gets the message across.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Over the course of six hours it delivers bold, cinematic on-location action, announces itself with sweeping, dramatic dialogue (admittedly, not for everyone) and scatters excellent acting across the small screen.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    It’s too late to scrub some of the dialogue, though.... Klondike isn’t always this way. Its one-liners can be nifty in spots.... The miniseries also has some engaging supporting characters in grifter Soapy Smith (Ian Hart) and Haskell’s ad hoc mine mate, Joe Meeker (Tim Blake Nelson).

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Exhilarating, terrifying, often moving and only occasionally silly.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    If you're expecting the nuanced characterization and complex themes of some other period cable dramas of the 21st century, 'Klondike' will leave you wanting. If you're just asking for an entertaining adventure story with impressive visuals and a solid cast, it does the job.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Curt Wagner

    Scheuring gets sidetracked by the trite redemption stories of a hooker (Conor Leslie) and a Canadian Mountie (Marton Csokas). But those are small hiccups in this entertaining, expansive tale of one man's fight to keep his humanity, which he discovers is more valuable than all the gold in the Yukon.

    RedEye Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    The scenery in Klondike ... really is impressive, the performances are solid and though the dialogue's sometimes less than natural, the added-for-TV touches mostly make the story more palatable, if no less sad.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    There isn't much new in this northern Western, but the scenery is lovely, the acting is solid, and the mix of characters is just what you'd expect from the genre.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    'Klondike' is not going to win awards for its lackluster screenplay and penchant for melodrama, but it does have some of the plucky energy you’d enjoy at one of those faux-saloon dinner theaters, where the gradations between good and bad hardly exist. It comes across almost like a musical without any songs, and before long, you’re swept up in its crisp visuals and steady pace.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    The series ... is full of the same brutal weather and dubious quests as Discovery’s reality shows, but professional actors ... make it a much more compelling attraction than any of that other fare.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Terri Schwartz

    It helps that so much of 'Klondike' was shot on location and without CGI. That makes the series feel especially real and lived, which is key in making a project like this one work.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Geoff Berkshire

    If the lavish production doesn’t quite strike gold, it comes close enough to encourage further exploration.

    Variety Full Review
  • Erik Adams

    Klondike isn’t half as good a televised novel as it is a parade of landscape photography punctuated by archetypal Western exploits.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    There are many fine moments in 'Klondike,' cinematic scenes of grandeur and dialogue that rise to poetry. But too often both then fall prey to self-conscious staginess, many repetitive scenes of dirt and endless conversations about the animal nature of man.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Sara Smith

    Alongside Roth, Shepard and talented character actor Tim Blake Nelson, Madden pulls off the sometimes treacly dialogue, but the insistent no-duh musings (“the die has been cast”) wear thin quickly.

    Kansas City Star Full Review