Spartacus (2010–2013)
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The Red Serpent 

Spartacus, a free man of Thrace, agrees to join the Romans to battle his tribe's enemies. A betrayal sends his life spinning out of control.


Rick Jacobson




Episode complete credited cast:
Andy Whitfield ... Spartacus
John Hannah ... Batiatus
Manu Bennett ... Crixus
Erin Cummings ... Sura
Lucy Lawless ... Lucretia
Viva Bianca ... Ilithyia
Craig Parker ... Claudius Glaber
Kyle Rowling ... Drenis
Antonio Te Maioha ... Barca
John Rawls ... Byzo
Kevin J. Wilson ... Senator Albinius
Craig Walsh-Wrightson ... Solonius
Aron Eastwood Aron Eastwood ... Tribune
John Way John Way ... Capuan Man


In its war on the Greek peninsula, the Romans convince the Thracians to join them in defeating the Getae, who have been raiding Thracian villages for generations. The Thracians are fierce warriors and prove to be valiant in battle. They are deceived by the Roman commander, Claudius Glaber, who orders them to fight against the Greeks, something they had not counted on. One of them in particular refuses to fight and rebels against the Romans only to lose the fight and is enslaved along with his wife Sura. The Thracian is transported to Capua where Senator Albinius is sponsoring gladiatorial games. In the arena, the enslaved Thracian manages to defeat four opponents and in allowing the Thracian to live, Senator Albinius decides to name him after a Thracian king from the past: Spartacus. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

22 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Spartacus came from the legendary Thracian king of the same name. See more »


At the very end when Senator Albinius signals to spare the newly named Spartacus' life he gives the modern thumbs up sign. In ancient Rome the thumbs up sign was to signify the sword being thrust into the heart and therefore death. The closed fist with the thumb against the index finger signified spare the gladiators life. If Senator Albinius had given the thumbs up sign then the gladiator would have been put to death but Spartacus' life was to be spared so the sign was incorrect for the desired result. See more »


Spartacus: Glaber is the most dangerous kind of fool. One with a title.
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Spartacus retold in a way that may or may not have happened. Riveting and new style of entertainment.
5 September 2013 | by puma31219See all my reviews

Brilliant retelling. The first episode is unlike any other throughout the entire series but it is very tender and easy to follow. It sets a compelling back story for Spartacus that can neither be confirmed nor denied by historians. (Which is in part, the genius of the show itself. With history offering so little fact on Spartacus, the writers take liberty with each episode on the understanding of; "We're not saying it actually happened this way, but who's to say it didn't?" The introduction of the characters taking place in Thrace, gives the viewer an almost "Braveheart" experience, along with the stylized "300" action. Some of the CGI and blood work is rough and sloppy but done tastefully enough considering the short production schedule for a television show. Actors were very well chosen. Particularly, the star character and the villain. Craig Parker's range as an actor was seen within one episode and his character is someone that you want to stay alive just so you have someone to hate fervently. Andy Whitfield, brings a deep and tragic charisma to a character that History can say was nothing more than a brutish and skilled soldier and strategist. He is easily very likable. Erin Cummings gives a mesmerizing performance as Sura, the prophetess wife of our hero. Though Cummings attempt at donning an English accent is not carried well, she compensates with the other aspects of her acting. (Almost forcing the audience to step inside of her emotions within each scene that she's in) The episode concluding in Capua and setting the stage for what the rest of the first season would look like, was a nice touch and not over done. (We as the audience were given enough time to grieve the life that Spartacus and Sura once shared and were eager to see what rests for their futures.) Very well done Pilot. They have set the stage for a show that could create a huge following.

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