Because it’s not just bloody soft-core porn.
Though, yes, it’s bloody. And, yes, it’s not a show that you want to watch with children under eighteen. (Probably not a show to watch with children over eighteen. Certain scenes might prove a bit awk-ward…)
Oh, the show has its flaws. There’s dialogue that approaches MST3K territory, including references to Jupiter’s private parts, there’s scenery chewing by the actors, and bloody special effects that are so stylized that they’re sometimes silly. Oh, look! Entrails again!
I also have doubts of historical accuracy, though they certainly have some of the emotional tone of the people of that time correct.
Still, I am incredibly hooked.
[For the rest of Corrina Lawson’s explanation of how Spartacus got gladiators right, visit GeekMom!]