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A series co-produced by Starz and GK-TV, Camelot is an adaptation of the Arthurian Legend. The show claims to be based on Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte Darthur, though many liberties have been taken and Arthur, Merlin and company are characterized differently from common perceptions.

After King Uther Pendragon’s sudden death, the sorcerer Merlin brings his unknown son and official heir, the young and impetuous Arthur, into the limelight. However, Arthur's elder half sister Morgan believes the throne is rightfully hers. Morgan battles Arthur with dark arts which may be beyond her control. Meanwhile Arthur has to deal with his feelings for Guinevere, who is betrothed to another man (a man who on at least one occasion saved his life, no less).

It premiered on April 1, 2011. A special preview of the first episode was shown on February 25th, 2011. Starz announced it was not renewing the series on June 30th 2011.

Not to be mistaken with the BBC 1 series Merlin, another series based on the legend.


This series contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: The first scene Uther appears in has him hitting Morgan.
  • Accidental Murder: Merlin's trip to get a specially forged sword for Arthur results in the deaths of the smith and his daughter In his guilt, Merlin then provokes two random guys into beating him up.
  • Almost Kiss: Merlin and Igraine. And then came impostor Igraine...
  • Arranged Marriage: Guinevere and Leontes.
  • Badass Bookworm: Kay. Also, Merlin.
  • Badass Longcoat: Merlin.
  • Bald of Awesome: Merlin again.
  • Bed Trick: How Arthur was conceived.
    • And then there is the episode "Igraine" featuring an impostor Igraine and Merlin.
    • And now we have impostor Guinevere having sex with the king
  • Berserk Button: Mentioning Merlin's family in the middle of a fistfight gets you burned to death.
  • Betty and Veronica: Leontes and Arthur for Guinevere. We all know who gets her in the end.
  • Big Bad: Morgan.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Arthur's knights who return to Bardon Pass to help him fight against Morgan's men
  • The Big Guy: Gawain, who agrees to work for Arthur if Kay will teach him to read.
  • Blood Brothers: Arthur and Kay.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Arthur and impostor Guinevere who is really Morgan
  • Cain and Abel: Morgan and Arthur respectively. Adoptive brothers Arthur and Kay avert the trope.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Morgan calls Uther out on sending her to a nunnery for fifteen years following her mother's death and remarrying. Uther responds by disowning her.
  • Canon Foreigner: Leontes, Guinevere's first husband.
    • Sister Sybil, a nun and Morgan's mentor in sorcery. While some versions of the legends have Morgan learning magic at a nunnery, the show gives a face to those nuns.
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: Morgan discovers Harwel spying on her in the bath and asks "What were you doing with that hand before you used it to sully my dress?".
  • Chained to a Bed: Merlin finds himself in this state after being drugged by Morgan.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Leontes and Guinevere are childhood sweethearts and have been betrothed for the last five years.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Arthur.
  • Composite Character: Morgan is paired with King Lot, traditionally the husband of Morgause, another sister of Arthur.
    • Morgan is also the daughter of Uther and his first wife, whereas traditionally her parents are the Duke of Cornwall and Igraine. In older versions of the legend (as in Geoffrey of Monmouth) Uther does have a daughter named Anna, though her mother is Igraine and thus she is Arthur's full sister. Anna is often combined with Morgause.
  • The Chosen One: Arthur.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Arthur.
  • Deal with the Devil: It is implied that Morgan made one at the end of the second episode.
  • Demythtification: While the show has overt magical elements, some parts of the legend are given mundane equivalents.
    • The Sword in the Stone is rigged by Merlin to release when pushed down instead of pulled.
    • Excalibur is just an exceptionally well-crafted sword.
    • There is no magical Lady of the Lake handing over Excalibur. Merlin makes the whole thing up to cover up Accidental Murder at his hands.
  • Disaster Dominoes: A chain of events in the fourth episode introducing the sword Excalibur leads to two Accidental Murders. While Arthur's new sword is being forged, Merlin dreams of Arthur getting stabbed. The swordsmith wants to present the sword to the king himself, but Merlin rebuffs him since he thinks the smith, an ex-warrior with admitted violent yearnings, might do the deed. The smith takes this as an insult and refuses to hand the sword over. This leads to brawling, and Merlin ends up burning the smith to death when he mentions Merlin's family. The smith's aggrieved daughter snatches the sword away. Merlin chases her to a nearby lake where she plans to discard it. To get to her, Merlin freezes the surface, but then the girl falls in and drowns despite Merlin's efforts to save her.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come:
    • Arthur foresees a relationship with Guinevere.
    • Merlin foresees Arthur's death.
  • Dual-Wielding: Gawain.
  • Enemy Mine: As mutual enemies of Uther, Morgan convinces King Lot to create an alliance with her so they can rule Camelot together.
    • Later, after Morgan figures she'd be better off ruling alone, she betrays Lot's plans to attack Camelot to Arthur. In return Arthur places her under his protection. He even proposes that they rule jointly, but is rejected.
  • Equivalent Exchange: Merlin warns Morgan that magic has a physical and/or spiritual price. She's endured Painful Transformations, Psychic Nosebleeds, Tears of Blood and Blood From the Mouth.

 Vivian: There's blood... everywhere!

  • Everyone Can See It: Merlin and Igraine are painfully aware of the forbidden relationship between Arthur and Guinevere and set to put a stop to it. As a result of using magic to find out what lies in Arthur's heart, Morgan knows too.
  • Evil Counterpart: Morgan is a bit of one to Merlin. Or Merlin is one of Morgan, after Episode 4. Upon her introduction, Sybil to Merlin.
  • Extreme Doormat: Igraine starts off as this, which is one of the reasons Morgan detests her.
  • Foe Yay: Morgan and Merlin. Morgan and Arthur have some too.
  • Foreshadowing: Arthur's dreams about Guinevere. They probably aren't about how they get together, because they already did that, but are probably warnings about how Morgan will take her form and conceive Mordred.
    • Except Arthur started having dreams about Guinevere before they got together, so it was probably just a foreshadowing of his relationship of her, not necessarily about a liaison with Morgan.
  • Girl of My Dreams: Arthur encounters Guinevere in a dream prior to meeting her.
  • Go Seduce My Arch-Nemesis: Morgan and Merlin.
  • Hair of Gold: Arthur and Guinevere.
  • Heroic BSOD: Merlin has a big one after "Lady of the Lake"
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Ector gladly gives his life in order to eliminate Lot.
    • Sybil for Morgan and Leontes for Arthur in season finale.
  • Ho Yay: Arthur and Kay, Arthur and Merlin.
  • Humiliation Conga: Morgan gets one in the second episode from King Lott. After insulting him in public he hits her in the face, rips her dress open, threatens to rape her in front of everyone and ultimately tethers her to a pole at the top of a mountain. Being Morgan, she gets revenge.
  • I Have No Daughter: Uther towards Morgan.
    • I Have No Sister: Arthur to Morgan in season finale
  • In the Blood: Despite not having been raised by him and not even knowing they were related for most of his life, Arthur managed to inherit Uther's inability to keep it in his pants. Morgan is as ruthless as her father, but she was at least reared (read: abused) by him before she went to the nunnery.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: Morgan in fourth episode. She shifts into Igraine and doesn't like it at all.
  • I Owe You My Life: Arthur towards Leontes.
  • Lady in Red/Woman in Black: Morgan. Her servants wear similar clothing.
  • Large Ham: Joseph Alberic Iscariot Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes.
  • Les Yay: Morgan, Vivien and Sybil.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: Igraine, while captured, managed to nearly kill Sybil, stabbed the guard who tried to rape her and escaped.
  • Light Is Not Good: Sybil is a nun. Yet she has done some nasty things in past and present.
  • Long Lost Sibling: Arthur to Morgan.
  • Love Triangle: Arthur, Guinevere, and her betrothed, later husband Leontes. It's a surprising fresh twist considering Lancelot seems to be absent from the series.
  • Lust: Uther's primary weakness. In this retelling of Camelot, they also gave it to Arthur.
  • Mathematician's Answer:

 Igraine: You haven't aged a single day. How is that possible?

Merlin: It is not possible.

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