Netflix continues its streak of bringing in successful foreign series with its new addition of “Troy: Fall of a City,” a BBC program that serves as a retelling of the ancient Greek tale, “The Iliad.”
Not a strict adaptation of Homer’s epic poem, “Troy: Fall of a City” has been described by the UK’s Daily Telegraph as a “fresh, psychologically knotty take on one of the greatest tales of them all.”
The series premiered on the BBC starting in February, but the 8-episode first season is now streaming internationally on Netflix everywhere but the UK (including in the US).
Altogether, the series covers the 10-year siege of Troy that occurred in the 13th century BC.
Several critics have touted the series as a quality source of “escapism.” The New York Times described it as “[reveling] in sex, blood, elaborate costuming and rousing monologues to tell the story of the two countries that went to war over the most beautiful woman in the world.” The series currently has a 70% from critics on reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
“Troy” is the latest in a string of European co-productions on Netflix, including recent additions like the BBC’s “The Frankenstein Chronicles” and “Babylon Berlin” from Germany.