History Channel's "Vikings" is a semi fact-based account of the life of raiding, pillaging, and terror educing people that were known as the Vikings. While the show is undoubtedly Hollywood conjecture with most of its characters and story lines, the show is so very well done that even people who have no interest in history or the Vikings would find something to love about this show.
The show centers around the sagas of Ragnar Lothbrok, a mythological Norse hero and notorious scourge of the West. Ragnar is shown as a humble farmer that rises to fame by raiding into western lands like England with his fellow Vikings like: Rollo his brother, his son Bjorn, and the shield maiden Lagertha. The show centers around the village of Kattegat, Scandinavia, and wonderfully goes through the progressions of what life might have been like over 1,200 years ago for these people. Now you have to realize with a show about Vikings it will contain several things that many people may find offensive: promiscuity, violence and bloodshed, and polytheism in the form of Thor, Odin and Freyr. I have read reviews to where people complain about the exposure to this sort of thing, but people remember your historical context and how the Vikings lived.
As for the cast and the show's production they are both simply amazing and very well done. Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick and Clive Standen are easily standouts of the series with their style and composure in the screen, and their uncanny ability to channel their inner Vikings is truly quite remarkable to me. Other characters like Floki and Athelstan add certain spices to the mix of "Vikings" and keep you guessing on intentions and conclusions. The show's scenery is truly one of the greatest parts of the series. Wow is just about all I could muster the first time I watched the show and saw certain sights where the show was filmed. All the scenery masterfully displays a well planned out series, and coupled with tremendous actors and a well written script, this show is as close to must watch as I have seen in recent years.