Marco Polo

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  • TV-MA
  • 2014
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.0  (79,099)

Marco Polo is a historical drama series that premiered on Netflix in 2014. It tells the story of Marco Polo, a young Italian merchant who travels to China along the Silk Road in the 13th century. Marco is initially taken prisoner by the Mongol Empire's ruler Kublai Khan, but he soon gains the favor of the emperor and becomes his confidant and intrepid explorer.

At the beginning of the series, Marco Polo (played by Lorenzo Richelmy) arrives in the court of Kublai Khan (Benedict Wong) in Khanbaliq (modern-day Beijing) after a long and perilous journey. Marco is supposed to be a gift for the emperor from his father, a wealthy merchant in Venice. However, Marco's father does not come to China to honor his promise, leaving his son stranded in a foreign land.

Kublai Khan, a powerful and charismatic leader, is fascinated by Marco's knowledge of the western world and his insights into European culture and politics. He sees in Marco an opportunity to learn more about the world outside of China and to expand his empire across Asia. Kublai Khan makes Marco his personal adviser, entrusting him with sensitive diplomatic missions and military campaigns.

Marco Polo quickly adapts to his new life in the court of the emperor, learning Mongolian, Chinese, and other Asian languages, as well as the customs and traditions of the people of the empire. He also becomes fascinated by the beautiful and enigmatic Kokachin (Zhu Zhu), a Blue Princess from the Mongol tribe, who becomes his love interest.

Throughout the series, Marco Polo and Kublai Khan embark on various adventures and battles, encountering factions vying for control of China, neighboring kingdoms and empires, and even the Pope in Rome. They face challenges of political intrigue, assassinations, rebellions, and betrayals, as well as personal struggles of love, loyalty, and honor.

The series also features a rich cast of supporting characters, including Joan Chen as Empress Chabi, Kublai Khan's wife and confidant, who wields great influence over her husband and the empire; Olivia Cheng as Mei Lin, a powerful concubine who harbors her own secrets and ambitions; Rick Yune as Kaidu, Kublai's ambitious cousin and rival, who seeks to overthrow him and claim the throne for himself; and Tom Wu as Hundred Eyes, a blind monk and legendary warrior who becomes Marco Polo's mentor and friend.

The show is known for its elaborate sets, costumes, and visuals, which recreate the splendor and majesty of the Mongol Empire in stunning detail. The fight scenes and battle sequences are also choreographed with great precision and intensity, featuring traditional martial arts styles and weaponry.

Overall, Marco Polo is an epic and engaging drama that combines history, adventure, and romance in a captivating way. With its complex characters, intricate plotlines, and striking visuals, it offers a unique and immersive experience that transports the viewer to a distant time and place.

Marco Polo is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (25 episodes). The series first aired on December 12, 2014.

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The Fellowship
10. The Fellowship
July 1, 2016
The day of the kurultai arrives, shaping Kublai's fate as khan. Ahmed makes his final stand, and Marco learns a terrible truth.
9. Heirs
July 1, 2016
Marco's past with Kokachin resurfaces. Kublai's position as khan faces a final challenge, even as he welcomes a new heir into the world.
8. Whitehorse
July 1, 2016
Marco's allegiance to Kublai is tested like never before. Mei Lin's bold move throws Ahmed's plans into chaos.
Lost Crane
7. Lost Crane
July 1, 2016
Kaidu's ruthlessness reaches new levels in his bid for power, while Hundred Eyes' former lover has him questioning his loyalties.
Serpent's Terms
6. Serpent's Terms
July 1, 2016
Ahmed's deadly and secret chess match against Kublai enters its endgame, even as Kublai's thirst for power grows stronger than ever.
5. Lullaby
July 1, 2016
Rebel attacks flare up in the south and pull Kublai's attention away from home. Kokachin gets an unwelcome visitor from her past.
Let God's Work Begin
4. Let God's Work Begin
July 1, 2016
The challenge for the throne escalates when two of Kublai's sons are endangered. Far away, another threat to the khan is born.
Measure Against The Linchpin
3. Measure Against The Linchpin
July 1, 2016
Haunted by recent events, Kublai journeys with Marco into the mountains for answers. Empress Chabi takes action to insure an heir to the khan.
2. Hug
July 1, 2016
Marco gets an unpleasant surprise upon his return to Kublai's court. Kublai faces an impossibly difficult decision.
Hunter and the Sable Weaver
1. Hunter and the Sable Weaver
July 1, 2016
On Prince Jingim's wedding day, Kublai receives disturbing news about the ambitions of his cousin, while Marco navigates a delicate mission.
Where to Watch Marco Polo
Marco Polo is available for streaming on the Netflix website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Marco Polo on demand at Amazon Prime, Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    December 12, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (79,099)