The Chosen is a television drama based on the life of Jesus of Nazareth, created, directed and co-written by American filmmaker Dallas Jenkins. It is the first multi-season series about the life of Jesus, and season one was the top crowd-funded TV series or film project of all time. The series’ creators stated that they had hoped to distinguish the new series from previous portrayals of Jesus by crafting a multi-season, episode-based story. The series portrays Jesus “through the eyes of those who met him”. In addition to VidAngel and its own app, the series airs on several streaming services.
The Chosen is a multi-season television drama about Jesus Christ. Series creator Dallas Jenkins wanted to create a series about Jesus that could be “binge watched.” Jenkins’ intention was not only to dig deeper into the people who encountered Jesus and to see Jesus through the eyes of those who met him, but also to show him in a way that is more “personal, intimate, immediate.” The first season introduces Jesus and the calling of his initial disciples. The second season focuses on the beginning of his public ministry and what happens as word of his ministry begins to spread.
The series’ success is attributed to artistic storytelling and cultural relevance, while staying true to the message of the gospels. Writing in Film Threat, Alan Ng called the series “smart and insightful to a contemporary audience.” Episode 8 from Season 1 (“I am He”) earned two Movieguide Award nominations in 2020. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 100 percent of critics have given Season 1 a positive review based on 8 reviews, with an average rating of 8.08/10. The audience has given season 1 of The Chosen an average of 99 percent positive rating based on 4,672 reviews as of 2021. Through August 2020, it had been viewed nearly 50 million times in 180 countries. By the end of March 2021, the first season had been viewed more than 100 million times. By June 2021, the series has been watched 150 million times and has been translated into 50 languages. As of August 2021, its YouTube channel has 1.3M subscribers.