And while the critics' reviews are largely positive, fans have panned the series - said to be the most expensive ever made.
The show focuses on the Second Age of Middle Earth which happened thousands of years before the events of the films starring Elijah Wood that we all know and love.
Over on Rotten Tomatoes, fans were fairly consistent in, well, hating it.
"I really expected more especially given the budget for this series, I expected it to live up to the LOTR movies but sadly it doesn't come close," said one.
Another added: "If you are a Tolkien fan, or take the universe created by Tolkien seriously, don't watch - for you will be utterly disappointed. But if you won't ever read the books or have no patience for the work of Peter Jackson, go ahead and spend a few hours of brainless entertainment."
A third said: "Everything you ever wanted from the original movies... I guess is gone. Feels like a complete cash grab and the creators are making it worse."