Spartacus is an American fantasy television drama, inspired by the historical Thracian gladiator of the same name. The series – created by Sam Raimi and Steven S. DeKnight – follows the story of Spartacus and his time spent at the House of Batiatus, and is filled with copious amounts of blood, gore, and nudity.
Upon making its debut, Spartacus was a huge hit with audiences. It’s first season, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, was a ratings winner, and this soon led to additional seasons, including a prequel mini-series. But if you’re a complete newcomer to the show, where do you begin?
In this post I am providing a run-through of Spartacus, detailing the viewing order for the show. So, if you are not sure how best to watch the series, or how many seasons there are, you simply need to follow the details below.
Spartacus hit television screens in 2010, with actor Andy Whitfield taking on the role of the titular character. This initial season was called Spartacus: Blood and Sand, comprised 13 episodes, and introduced all of the key players in the show.
Following the success of Blood and Sand, the original plan was to move the story forward with the show’s second season. However, production was delayed on Season Two due to the health of Whitfield, who was diagnosed with early-stage non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
To allow for a break in production, the show switched its focus to a short mini-series. This mini-series, titled Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, comprised just six episodes, acted as a direct prequel to Blood and Sand, and told tales that centred around the supporting cast of the show (rather than around Whitfield’s Spartacus).
The plan after Gods of the Arena was to push forward with the second season, however, Andy Whitfield’s health declined and sadly in 2011, the actor passed away. Although this was a difficult time for the production team, a decision was made to press ahead with the show, by recasting the lead role for Season Two.
Liam McIntyre took over as Spartacus for the show’s second season, which took on the title Spartacus: Vengeance. This season ran for ten episodes, and aired in 2012.
McIntyre remained on board for a further season, which would be the show’s final run. This third season was titled Spartacus: War of the Damned, it aired in 2013, and also comprised ten episodes.
In total, Spartacus ran for three full seasons and one mini-series.
Spartacus in order
If you wish to watch Spartacus in order, the best option is to watch the show in the order it was produced. The first season sets up the story, the prequel mini-series helps to expand the roles of the supporting cast (and creates a suitable resting point between the changeover in lead actors), while seasons two and three further and conclude the series respectively.
The Spartacus TV show viewing order is as follows:
- Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010) – 13 episodes
- Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011) – 6 episodes
- Spartacus: Vengeance (2012) – 10 episodes
- Spartacus: War of the Damned (2013) – 10 episodes
If you stick to the list above, you will have all of the Spartacus stories you could ever ask for.
If you’re a fan of Spartacus, you may be interested to know that all of the episodes of Spartacus are currently available on Blu-ray, in both individual releases and as a handy box set.
Spartacus: The Complete Series Blu-ray Box Set includes all three seasons plus the mini-series, giving you 39 episodes in one neat box!
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