I liked the series (it's only twelve or thirteen episodes long, so it's not a HUGE commitment). The series actually takes place over the course of a few years. As was stated above, the ending isn't exactly a surprise, given that it centers around the rise of Julius Caesar. However, the acting is quite good, and I particularly enjoyed the stories relating to the Vorenus and Pullo characters (plus, the woman who plays Vorenus' wife, Niobe, is absolutely beautiful). Beyond that, there is quite a bit of graphic violence (especially in a gladiator scene toward the end of the series) and some gratuitous nudity, so it's got that going for it...which is nice.