NBC's 'Kings': The New Old Testament

NBC's drama Kings updates David and Goliath. It's a sling and a (partial) hit

Like Saul in the biblical story, Silas (McShane), left, sees David (Egan) as both hero and rival.

Is it better for a TV show to be consistent or surprising? Is it worse for it to be ridiculous or boring? NBC's unorthodox new drama Kings (Sundays, 8 p.m. E.T.) comes down solidly on the latter side of those questions. Some viewers will say it's fascinating. Others will say it's pretentious hoo-ha. Allow me to split the difference: Kings is fascinating pretentious hoo-ha.

The premise of Kings is unlike that of anything else on TV: a reimagining of the biblical story of David, set in the modern world. Or an alternative version of it, where democracy never developed, where a...

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