I’m the type of person that has to hear about something for quite a while before I ever dig into it.
You know the occasional video on Facebook that pops up that every one of your friends shares around a billion times? Yeah, it takes me seeing it about twenty times before I finally watch.
Something similar happened when I heard of the new TV series The Chosen.
I’d been seeing things about it for months and months and have previously watched the pilot episode about the nativity called The Shepherd. We watched that as a family but don’t remember loving it as much as everyone else did.
So when I recently started hearing about The Chosen again, I wasn’t quite sure what everyone was talking about – in fact, I thought they were talking about the same video about the shepherd.
I finally decided to investigate and learned that The Chosen is the first multi-season television show about the life of Christ.
The first eight episodes, the full Season 1, have already been filmed and released. The director, Dallas Jenkins, has plans to make 6-8 seasons to tell the story of Christ that is contained in the four gospels.
That is what everyone had been talking about, and let me tell you this, it is FANTASTIC! Check out our family review of The Chosen on YouTube.
One experience, in particular, will show you the impact this new perspective of the life of Christ has had on our family.
After watching one of the episodes that had a particularly moving ending, my 17-year-old daughter exclaimed in a voice of anticipation, “I want to meet Jesus so bad!”
Now, I’ll be honest. That’s something I expected to hear from my 6-year-old, but not from my oldest daughter. So when I heard that, I knew that this show was a blessing for our whole family.
What’s different about The Chosen when compared to the Bible videos of Christ that most are used to is that there is more time to develop the stories of the people that surround Christ.
Usually, the life of Christ is covered in a set of short videos, or a 2-hour movie, but having an eight-season series allows for Dallas Jenkins and his team to develop the stories of the Bible like never before.
As a fellow member of our faith said the other day when comparing The Chosen to other Bible videos, she said that the Bible videos she was used to watching fell flat. It wasn’t meant to be an insult, but it is true.
With The Chosen, the director doesn’t just stick to the specific words of the Bible, he takes some creative license in adding dialogue and developing the stories of those who interact with Christ.
For example, when Simon Peter is on the boat and Christ invites him to cast the net one more time, you feel the power of the miracle because The Chosen has a backstory that helps you connect with Simon more and see the need for the miracle.
While some might object to people creating stories and not sticking to exactly what is in the Bible, the beautiful thing is that The Chosen makes me want to read the Bible more to pick out the details and see what I might have missed. I find myself in the Bible rereading the stories with new enthusiasm.
Our family filmed quite a lengthy review of the first season and we have a lot of different perspectives but it is fun to see our family have something we can all enjoy together that brings us closer to our Savior Jesus Christ.
How to Watch The Chosen
You only need a smartphone to watch The Chosen – and you can cast it directly to your TV.
- The Chosen: Season One is available for streaming via The Chosen app on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
- The Chosen: Season One is also available for purchase on DVD and Blu-Ray at TheChosen.tv
- The Chosen is available in English, Portuguese, Polish and also in a dubbed Spanish version with more translations pending.
- The Chosen app is compatible with AppleTV, Google Chromecast, Android TV, Roku, Amazon FireTV, and Samsung Smart TV.
To learn more about The Chosen, you can visit their website here. To read some of the best reviews of The Chosen that will make it almost impossible for you to not watch it, read here > Some of the best reviews of The Chosen.