We’ve got a long time before “Game of Thrones” comes back for Season 5, but if ever there was a TV show to fill the void left by the HBO swords, sex and scandal drama, it’s Netflix’s newest original series, “Marco Polo.” The 10-episode program is set to premiere on the on-demand site on Friday.
The adventure series is set in the 13th century and focuses on the Italian explorer, played by Lorenzo Richelmy, and his adventures along the ancient Silk Road, where he stumbles his way into the court of the great Mongol emperor Kublai Khan (Benedict Wong). It promises to be one of the streaming service’s boldest original series yet, boasting the second biggest budget of any TV show in history, behind -- you guessed it -- “Game of Thrones.”
To watch all 10 episodes of this exciting new drama when they drop all at once on Friday, you’ll need access to Netflix. To do that, sign up for the streaming service, which offers thousands of other movie and TV shows that are available to stream instantly once you do. It costs $7.99 per month; however, the service offers all new users a one-month free trial. That’s right, you could watch 10 hours of “Marco Polo” for free and spend the remaining 710 hours of your free trial watching anything else from its vast library. Not a bad deal.
You don't even need a computer or television to watch the new series. If you have access to one of the many devices that the Netflix App works on -- they include smartphone, tablet, most major gaming consoles, smart TV and any computer with Internet access -- you're good to go.
Those looking for more information on “Marco Polo” before tackling the series can check out our in-depth preview or simply tune in when the full first season is released on Netflix Friday.
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