When the History Channel announced a few years back that they were going into original dramatic series television with VIKINGS, I was already sold as the time and history of the vikings is one that has always fascinated me. Some of my friends know I joke about one day suing the descendants of the vikings for reparations for raiding my progenitor's villages in the Friesland -- now a part of The Netherlands -- what with all their raiding, raping, and rifling through the goods of my forebears. It had to be terrifying and maybe for the first time ever, that kind of viking terror has come to episodic television.
One of the things that Tim Wilson and I sometimes talk about is the incredible number of original series that now make up the world of television. There are currently over 400 first-run scripted series spanning the major networks, the major cable channels, and even smaller services that are getting into the game.
Recently, I discovered "Beowulf" on The Esquire Channel -- one I'd call a "micro-channel" -- another series that hails from Scandinavian bards. It is nowhere near as good as Vikings but hey, Beowulf is a great story and you may want to search that one out, as well.
But if you love great storytelling and have been fascinated by vikings, you won't find anything better than this History Channel series.
Oh, and if you're a descendant of the vikings, you owe me money -- write me and I'll send you my address.