Showtime Premiered Jan 01, 2011 Between Seasons


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The Borgias is a fictional drama series from France and Germany based on the power struggles inside the Vatican during the 15th century. In a world of bloody wars and a huge division between the rich and the poor, the Vatican in Rome becomes the neutral ground. Rodrigo Borgia (John Doman) sees an opportunity to become the Pope and lead the world in solving its difference. Borgia soon decides that this is an opportunity that he'll do anything to get. The only problem is, the man is a widower with four promiscuous children, who pose a political problem in capturing the Holy See. The series follows Borgia's struggles among the Cardinals, with each episode bringing the determined man closer to his goal. Borgia himself is not a celibate man and his acts of violence, murder and betrayal threaten to tear his family apart. By mid-season, the Cardinals give in, and Borgia becomes Pope Alexander VI. He soon discovers that leading the Roman Catholic Church is more dangerous than he thought it would be.


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AIRED ON 10/27/2014

Season 3 : Episode 14

John Doman

John Doman

Rodrigo Borgia/Pope Alexander

Mark Ryder

Mark Ryder

Chesare Borgia

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  • Didn't think I'd get hooked but...

    I'm a huge fan of the Showtime version, but as a history buff, I recognize it's not all that accurate (lucky for me I'm not the type of history buff who points out every inaccuracy and can't stand to watch them on my screen). This show however is refreshingly accurate for a TV show.

    There are drawbacks to this though, the writing isn't nearly as good, neither is the acting (although the acting isn't terrible). The first time I tried to watch it I actually couldn't get through it. I came back during a break in the other series and, surprisingly, got hooked. I'm almost done with the first season (sadly) and will look out online for a way to watch season 2.

    Although the quality of set, costumes, and other things that would be affected by budget is rather low, this definitely a mature show with some very gruesome scenes, even with the obvious fake blood (some very creative ways of execution that I had trouble watching), but these, along with the sex scenes are actually not very prominent unlike the showtime version and historical accuracy and story development obviously take precedence.

    I suggest it if you're a history buff, like the Borgias and are waiting for a new episode, or if you have nothing else to watch and you're prone to wandering through the Netflix TV Show browser.moreless
  • A second view?

    I had been following the other series through the seasons; so I was intrigued when this appeared on my Netflix menu. I have generally enjoyed it immensely; although there are pretty wide variations on how certain events transpired between the two interpretations. No matter - I have almost completed the first season; and will hope it follows up with at least another season.

    Nice to see the mixture of US and European players; lovely to see Assumpta Cerna again -she is well remembered as Theresa from the "Sharpe series. All in all a good watch if a bit child unfriendly in some more gory sequences.

    As a sidebar - nothing in politics seems to have changed much in 500 years - does it?moreless
  • A clever title goes here!

    Love this show!! Well written. Never a dull moment.