Spartacus: Blood and Sand

Spartacus: Blood and Sand

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The ultra violent, mega raunchy historical depiction of the legend of Spartacus, the heart-broken warrior condemned to the brutal world of the arena.




The Red Serpent

The Red Serpent is the pilot episode of a historical... More drama Spartacus: Blood and Sand. It is the first episode of the Spartacus series overall. It originally aired on Starz in the United States on January 22, 2010. The episode was written by Steven S. DeKnight and directed by Rick Jacobson. Filming took place in Auckland, New Zealand. The episode received generally positive reviews from critics. It was rated TV-MA for Graphic Violence, Strong Sexual Content, and Coarse Language.


Sacramentum Gladiatorum

Enslaved in gladiatorial school, the newly christened Spartacus must try... More to suppress his desire for vengeance when his new master promises to reunite him with his wife.



Though Spartacus proved himself during training and now wears the... More attire of a gladiator, his coarse attitude and relentless quest to see his wife isolates him from his fellow gladiators and Doctore.


The Thing in the Pit

Having performed shamefully in the arena against Crixus, Spartacus is... More forced to fight in the Pits. Batiatus, determined to profit from Spartacus, may be at risk if his debts aren't repaid.


Shadow Games

Batiatus is presented with a gladiatorial opportunity of a lifetime.... More Spartacus and Crixus must overcome their mutual hostility to fight as a team against a legendary and unbeaten opponent.


Delicate Things

Lies, distrust and duplicity plague the house of Batiatus and... More impact the hopes of both Barca and Spartacus, who have benefited from good fortune and envision a future away from the grounds. Barca expects to buy his and his male lover's way out, while Spartacus anticipates his promised reunion with his enslaved wife, part of his reward for a monumental victory in the arena. But just in case things go wrong, Spartacus dreams and schemes an escape plan.


Great and Unfortunate Things

Overcome by the pressure of Batiatus's control, Spartacus must make... More a choice: leave his past behind and assume the mantle of a champion gladiator, or die.


Mark of the Brotherhood

Batiatus purchases a fresh batch of slaves during an auction... More to be trained as gladiators and ponders the idea of selling Crixus.



Batiatus breaks the news that Spartacus is to service the... More richest woman in Rome.


Party Favors

Numerius is honored with an exhibition match for his birthday... More celebration at the ludus. Ilithyia gives Numerius a surprising gift, but asks for something in return.


Old Wounds

Spartacus hovers on the brink. Meanwhile, Batiatus plots revenge against... More his enemies



Lucretia and Batiatus await the arrival of Glaber with the... More intentions to receive his patronage, while Spartacus focuses his attention on his plan for revenge.


Kill Them All

In the season finale, Spartacus enlists the help of an... More accomplice in order to get his revenge.

Spartacus: Blood and Sand | Reviews

New York Post

New York Post

If this isn't your cup of blood, give it a shot anyway.

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USA Today

USA Today

A heady mix of 300-style graphic violence and Debbie Does Rome soft-core porn...

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A dark, violent and fascinating look at the life of a gladiator through the eyes of a Thracian slave seeking vengeance.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

With such thin stories each week, it's small wonder that sex and violence are used to take up the slack.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A terrific show - compelling, smart, intentionally funny.

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Boston Globe

Boston Globe

It was written either by master satirists hoping to inspire viewer drinking games each time blood drops sail in slo-mo or by teen boys.

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Spartacus: Blood and Sand | Release Details

Spartacus: Blood and Sand is available to stream in New Zealand now on Netflix.