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Spartacus is a very popular television show that first aired on the Starz television network on January 22, 2010. The series is based on the Thracian gladiator during the time of 73 to 71 B.C. This was during the time that a serious uprising of the slaves against the Roman Republic took place.

The first season of the series was titled Blood and Sand. In the first season the viewers are introduced to Spartacus, a Greek man who lead the uprising of the slaves as their leaders. He was a great legend and the show follows him as he leads the slaves. Spartacus is played by Andy Whitfield, an Australian native. In this first season Spartacus becomes a legend after training and becoming a gladiator.

The Blood and Sand season follows Spartacus after he is captured and sentenced to death. He becomes a crowd favorite after defeating the four gladiators that were called to execute him. His sentence is changed from death to slavery. During the season, he becomes the leader of the "Champion of Capua". He looses his wife, Sura, who he does not know was murdered by the very person who bought her to reunite her with Spartacus. Sura is played by Erin Cummings, an America native.

Following this lost, Spartacus decides to focus on remaining a champion until he is put up against his best friend, Varro. Varro, is played by Jai Courtney, an Australian native. This an important point in the first season because in addition to loosing his wife, now Spartacus must take on the task of slaying his best friend. The slaying leads him to having nightmares which reveal to him the true nature of how his wife died.

Now armed with this knowledge, Spartacus begins to plan his revenge to "kill them all" with the help of the other gladiators. The plan to take out the house of Batiatus completely is foiled when Spartacus is put up against Crixus, someone he had enlisted to help in his revenge. A bloody war begins when it is time to choose sides and the plan for revenge is put into action.

Spartacus: Blood and Sand first show had an estimated 660,000 viewers. The amount of viewers remained just under a million until episode six, where there were 1.08 million viewers tuned in and almost every episode had a steady million viewers by the season's end.

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Fridays at 10:00 pm on Starz
3 Seasons, 37 Episodes - Currently Airing
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Spartacus: Blood and Sand Full Episode Guide

  • Spartacus and his army of outnumbered rebels make a final attempt to win their freedom against the Romans led by Marcus Crassus.

  • Spartacus and the rebels face a crucial decision in their quest, while a relentless Crassus drives his men in the pursuit of Spartacus. The conflict between Tiberius and Caesar intensifies.

  • With their armies trapped on an impassable, snowbound ridge, Spartacus and Crixus clash over their plans to escape. Meanwhile, Crassus finds it challenging to control the actions of those closest to him.

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(WARNING! The following may contain some SPOILERS for previous seasons of Starz's "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" and "Spartacus: Vengeance." For those wanting to come into the series fresh, turn back now.) Cameras have been rolling behind the rolling cameras currently filming Starz's "Spartacus: War Of The Damned." Now, Coming Soon has passed the making-of footage along to us all. This time, it's really a look into the beginning of the end: the coming season - the third proper in its chronology - will be the show's last.

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Spartacus finally fell valiantly in his last battle. The filmmaker who was a part of his last months has taken up the sword. She wants fans to win this one for the late Andy Whitfield, E! Online reports. The former star of Starz' "Spartacus: Blood & Sand" was followed by Oscar-director Lilibet Foster during his final months before Whitfield succumbed to non-Hodgkins lymphoma  this past September. With the narration of Whitfield's "Spartacus" co-star Jai Courtney, the feature documentary "Be Here Now" honors Whitfield truly living his last days as the cancer consumed him - decorating his last Christmas tree, playing with his and wife Vashti's two children, but also seeking a way to hang on until his very last breath through both chemotherapy and alternative treatments.

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Andy Whitfield, the Australian star of the Starz drama series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" is dead at 39 after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Whitfield was preparing for a second season of the Starz series when he was diagnosed with the disease 18 months ago. His acting talents were so strong in the first season of the show that once he made the announcement, the network opted to shoot a prequel, "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena," and season two of the original was stalled for a year in order to try and get Whitfield on board.

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