Faith on the airwaves: 'Bible' series wins Sunday night ratings

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  • CB Salt Lake City, UT
    March 6, 2013 1:48 p.m.

    Well if you are a biblical scholar, yes you can find plenty of objections, sorry that they missed
    Joseph and his coat of many colors, but then you would find those who saw the musical objecting to the telling of the real story, or the building of the idol by the Israelite while Moses was on the Mount. But hopefully there will be interest stimulated in going to the Bible and learning for
    themselves the rest of the story.
    I have read the Bible front to back numerous times and find myself in the Book of Exodus even now and I never find it boring or without finding something I missed the last time. What never ceases to surprise me is the continuous repetition by man to repeat behavior that has brought nothing but heartache to previous generations. Failure to study history is partly responsible for that. Educate yourself, Read the Bible!.

  • DUPDaze Bakersfield, CA
    March 6, 2013 12:31 p.m.

    Cats, I feel your pain. Some recreations are just too off, even from the historic script.

    Would you apply the same standards to LDS productions? My pioneer grandmother used to laugh at the Hollywood versions of the pioneers, who she said were "way too scrubbed" to be believed. Her heavy iron was used only for Sunday worship in a building. I guarantee you there were no ironed frocks on the trail. Her photo albums revealed a different reality: women of 30 who looked 60; very gnarly-looking children; unpleasant-looking, toothless men in some photos.

    It is quite an education to visit a DUP (Daughters of the Utah Pioneers) Museum, if you haven't. The true photographs there make a mockery of all the 20th-century church-made slick flicks. Joseph and Emma could be Hollywood stock. And where are the "other" wives in any production?

    The book is always the best journal of truth.

  • Filo Doughboy Bakersfield, CA
    March 6, 2013 12:18 p.m.

    Ha! Had a good laugh reading all the reviews here. I agree with many of the critiques for various reasons, even though I enjoyed the message and the effort. We all know it's a movie of real life from ancient history, and we'd probably be shocked at a peek into reality.

    I would have enjoyed more Middle Eastern features, a beautiful Sarah, and more Hebrew-looking Jews in Egypt and Sinai, too. Yeah, lose those Ninja's! Neither Aryan Moses, Charleton Heston, or Nordic Jeffery's Jesus were believable either. I WILL take a scrappy Noah locked in an ark of animal dung! But you can only do so much on a budget, as Roma explained. And we don't need American accents for a universal audience, dudes.

    All preferences aside, I celebrated the production and feel God is in the details. If it sends you back to His original Word, then Mission Accomplished.

  • IndependentLiberal Salt Lake City, UT
    March 6, 2013 9:30 a.m.

    I watched the first episode, and found it mildly entertaining, but was disappointed by its Bullet Point approach. Abraham was unconvincing, as he and Sara were very old, I too LOL at the Ninja angels. Major timelines were skipped such as the Joseph story and how the Israelites got to Egypt. Way too cocky of a Moses, (spoiled by Charlton Heston). Missed out on why 40 years in the desert, what happened to Moses? My point is that if you were unfamiliar or only vaguely familiar with the bible stories it may have left you scratching your head at times. May I suggest that you record it and watch at a later time so you can F/F through all those endless commercials!

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    March 6, 2013 9:03 a.m.

    What a surprize to see a quality show get the most viewers. The graphic and numbing CSI episodes
    are finally able to be topled by the Bible. This shows that people will watch more spiritual and values based programs.

  • donn layton, UT
    March 6, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    Re; Cats, There's no reason historical figures always need to be depicted as dirty, scruffy and unkempt. They knew how to wash themselves and comb their hair.
    Poor Cats, I can relate, I spent 1969-1970 in the humid jungles of Laos and Vietnam, there were troops so dirty they were not allowed to enter the chow halls on AF bases unless they took a shower which were not always available. There were rivers where I was, but we needed to lookout for various poisonous snakes looking for giant rats. In the villages the flys were so thick they covered chicken hanging on food poles. The villagers were happy to eat a delicacy, ricebugs.
    Plus the VC were trying to kill us.

    We should be more concerned with,…” rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.”(James 1:21 NIV)

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    March 6, 2013 8:34 a.m.

    This series was pretty much panned by the major reviewers. In spite of that it garners the most viewers. I'd say there is a market for family programming. Didn't see it but I am going to get out the copy of "Ten Commandments" with Charleston Heston. That was a movie!

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    March 6, 2013 7:01 a.m.

    " advance copy of a book version of the series." Isn't there already a book...?

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    March 6, 2013 7:00 a.m.

    Dear Star Bright: The fact is, pioneers actually did take care of themselves the best they could, even while they were traveling across the plains. They bathed at night in the river and washed their clothes. Believe it or not, they actually ironed their clothes with those old heavy irons all across the plains. Once they got to Utah, they took care of themselves and kept as clean and groomed as possible.

    There's no reason historical figures always need to be depicted as dirty, scruffy and unkempt. They knew how to wash themselves and comb their hair.

    I wanted to like it and I'm going to try watching again. Unfortunately, it's really hard to depict biblical figures since everyone has their own idea about what they were like.

  • Swartzy Arlington, TX
    March 6, 2013 5:20 a.m.

    I watched it, but I am not a fan. It was just ok until the Ninja angels cleaned out Sodom. Really??? Ninjas??? That is what my grand son called them and I agree, we were waiting later on for the Hulk to help out too.

    The British accents from all the actors made it silly, they could have neutralized it a bit, and given it a more middle east flavor.

    Then when the young Moses was shown, I about lost it. He looked like some sort of a scarey alien. Come on, he had to be the son of a friend or how else would would he have gotten the part. The older Moses looked like a reject from the Hobbit movies.

    I wanted to like this program, but I just thought it was a terrible presentation

    I guess what I was expecting was more like the very good TNT Bible stories from about 20 yrs ago. Those were top quality and I loved them. But I just couldn't get over the silly presentation this time around. Not for me this time.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    March 5, 2013 10:36 p.m.

    This series may "resonate" with a number of people, but the p;producers can count us out as viewers due to the gore and incredible amounts of blood.
    This isn't a family friendly series; it is a "R" rated movie being shown on TV.

  • The Scientist Provo, UT
    March 5, 2013 8:29 p.m.

    I don't often agree with Cats, but this time I do. It is really silly to think the "blue faced savages" of yesteryear were all dirty, disgusting people. They had soap, water (running streams, wells, etc.), and every reason to stay clean and presentable -- just as much as we do today.

    Good comment, Cats.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    March 5, 2013 8:08 p.m.

    It's because the bible is inerrant truth, of course.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    March 5, 2013 6:52 p.m.

    I completely forgot about *the Bible* show & might give it a try On Demand.

    On a tangent, Vikings on History just wasn't captivating. Gabriel Byrne as the head Norseman? Really?

  • Star Bright Salt Lake City, Ut
    March 5, 2013 6:21 p.m.

    Wow! Dirty faces and clothes. Too bad they didn't go to the laundramat before the filming. For Heaven's sakes remember what era we are talking about.
    I sometimes wonder how the women pioneers stood all they had to go through and they were unable to wash their clothes, their hair.
    My only comment - it was hard to realize all the evil and the wars/fighting etc., that went on. I know it was true, but sometimes hard to watch.
    Otherwise I'm pleased that the ratings were so good and showed that there are people out there who want to see the story of the Bible on film.
    Thanks to Roma Downey and her husband for putting it on at great expense to themselves. I will be watching all the other shows.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    March 5, 2013 4:22 p.m.

    I'm sorry to say this, but I watched about 20 minutes of it and turned it off. I really wanted to like it, but I'm so sick of seeing movies where everyone has dirty faces, hair all matted and clothes that look like burlap. Everyone and everything just looked dirty and unkempt. I don't see why biblical and historical productions always need to depict it that way. I believe people in those days also knew how to wash their faces and comb their hair.

    I'm sorry, I just didn't like it and I found the characters unconvincing. Maybe I'll watch some more and see if I feel differently.


  • TOO Sanpete, UT
    March 5, 2013 3:20 p.m.

    I have been wanting to watch this for months and had to work on Sunday. Does anyone know where I can find it?

  • Filo Doughboy Bakersfield, CA
    March 5, 2013 3:07 p.m.

    Was anyone in Utah watching?! I know there was interest in the Mormon dad & son. Just hope the DVRs were set, because this was a unique opportunity to revisit our religious heritage.

    Thank you for reporting on it.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    March 5, 2013 3:08 p.m.

    There's a hunger for quality TV programming that's been going unmet for a long time.

  • OnlytheCross Bakersfield, CA
    March 5, 2013 12:37 p.m.

    The fresh approach and unknown actors made it very realistic for us. That they stayed true to the text made it a moving experience.

    Congrats to the hard work of all involved.