This is a television drama sponsored by Starz, a U.S. based Pay Channel in January 2010. Thirteen Episodes make the Season I. It is AAA.
The series portrays the historical figure Spartacus (played by Kirk Douglas in the Stanley Kubrick masterpiece) now played by Andy Whitfield in this well directed television drama.
Spartacus was a Thracian gladiator around 70 B.C. who created lot of problems for the Roman Republic in masterminding a severe uprising by rebel gladiators against them. The drama brings out the early life of Spartacus. The drama is restricted for solo viewing and not with the family. The violence and nudity scenes are plenty and done in good taste. The drama does pound you savagely.
Andy Whitfield is supported capably by John Hannah, Lucy Lawless, Peter Mensah, Manu Bennett, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Erin Cummings and Jai Courtney. Joseph LoDuca has given good percussion strong music for the drama series.
A prequel titled Spartacus: Gods of the Arena is scheduled for January 2011 with six episodes followed by shooting for the Season II . The shooting had stopped after the first season as Andy Whitfield was diagnosed for Hodgkins Lymphoma and post treatment for the cancer, he will be back for the filming. Unfortunately, the world lost Andy Whitfield! It is sad indeed.