Kingdom is an American drama television series created by Byron Balasco and set against the gritty world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in Venice, California which is a story about family, loyalty, ambition, glory, lust, betrayal and the raw-nerve needs and desires that inspire people to greatness or drive them to unthinkable treachery.
The Kingdom cast is led by Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Homefront, Warrior), who returns to the ring to play Alvey King Kulina. Kiele Sanchez (The Glades, Lost) plays Lisa Prince, his long-time girlfriend.
Matt Lauria (Friday Night Lights) plays Ryan Revis, the intelligent, good looking world-class athlete who had it all, including Lisa Prince, who shows up at Alvey's gym after doing time in prison, which was precipitated by a spiraling drug addiction.
Jonathan Tucker (Parenthood) plays Jay, Alvey's eldest son, once a promising fighter, who is struggling with addiction. Nick Jonas plays Nate, Alvey's youngest son and the prized fighter at the gym.
Joanna Going (House of Cards, Mad Men) plays Christina, Alvey's estranged wife and mother to Jay and Nate.
Season 2 finds Alvey's improved fortunes have led to a bigger gym, but also a bigger appetite for risk. Ryan "The Destroyer" Wheeler defends his title, while Jay finds a new obsession. Lisa focuses on managing Alicia (Natalie Martinez), an impulsive but skilled female fighter.
Nate's determination to get back in the cage causes rifts with his family. And Christina gets a taste of sober life while carrying the burden of her sons' struggles — with victory comes agony and a price.
Series creator Balasco is executive producer and showrunner. Kingdom is produced by Endemol Studios.
Season 2 consists of 20 episodes, which were split into two halves of 10 each. ShowMax released the first 10 episodes on 21 December 2015. For the second set of 10 episodes, they released episodes weekly for the first time, one day behind the USA releases, beginning with Episode 11 on Thursday 2 June, 2016.