The Tudors

Showtime (ended 2010)





The Tudors Fan Reviews (51)

Write A Review
out of 10
2,395 votes
  • Great costumes and cleverly plotted intrigues but that is not enough.

    I never thought I would get so disappointed of this show. The trailers and all what I had heard promised much more than it was in real. I never managed to watch it to the end - it just had no magic for me.

    I cannot say it was bad show - no. It has fantastic costumes, great intrigues but the dialogs are somehow weak and the character development seems not logical. Also, there seemed to be too much confusion and the storylines were lingering. Maybe because they wanted to fill the all 55 minutes, but somehow it looked, they just have to make it longer, and keep the story amount same. They usually had striking beginnings and good endings but the part at the middle - I could just walk away and come back couple of minutes later and nothing could have happened. There was just nothing to keep my eyes fixed.
  • kinda cool show

    Tudors executive producer Michael Hirst may be history's greatest plastic surgeon. Between Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth and Jonathan Rhys Meyers in this 10-episode dramatic series, the guy has a knack for turning royals like the fat, bearded Henry VIII into hotties. It's the rest of the makeover that gives him trouble.

    The Tudors spotlights 10 years in the life of young Henry VIII, while he's still saddled with first wife Catherine of Aragon (Maria Doyle Kennedy), chasing second wife Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer), and trying not to muck up the foreign policy thing. It's all technically proficient — fine writing, splendid costumes, solid performances (even if Henry initially comes off like Entourage's Vinnie Chase, a pretty little nothing at the center of a far more compelling group). But it also feels so... done. Boring even. While the randy courtiers shtup like crazy, nobody appears to be having any actual fun. That's a shame, because we're stuck with these self-centered swells: Most of the non-nobles are pawns or afterthoughts, which makes for a disappointingly narrow slice of life. But then, the show is The Tudors, not England Sometime Around 1518.

    And yet, there are great moments, like whenever Jeremy Northam's doomed Sir Thomas More is on screen, or when Sam Neill gets his plot on as the corrupt Cardinal Wolsey. As moral opposites, they each beautifully portray complicated, messy human beings — and give The Tudors some of the grit this shiny series desperately needs.
  • I found it really hard to come up with a rating number for this show because some of it is excellent and some, quite the opposite.

    Most people know at least something about the Tudor Dynasty. About Henry VIII, his six wives and all the intrigue and upheaval that surrounded them. Henry's politicial alliances and the sheer number of his dalliances with other women are not so well known. Most accounts of Henry seem to focus on Anne Boleyn and Catherine of Aragon; the rest just getting a passing mentions.

    One cannot accuse "The Tudors" of missing out detail, but I don't think that every single one of Henry's sexual conquests needs to be shown on the screen, nor do I think it's necessary to keep going over the same thing in order to get the point across.

    For me, the acting, for the most part, was appalling. It sounded very much like the actors were reading their lines and were more than a little bored in places. I don't blame them because I was too.

    The lead actor did a very credible job, as did 'Catherine of Aragon'. Sam Neill sounded like Mr. Collins from "Pride and Prejudice" and didn't make Woolsey sinister enough, even though Mr. Neill is an excellent actor. The actress who portrayed Anne Boleyn was far too attractive. All contemporary portraits of Anne show that she was a plain looking woman. The show doesn't sufficiently highlight how she managed to manipulate Henry and use his love for her so cunningly either. It hints at it, but doesn't quite get there. The extreme power of Anne Boleyn should never be underplayed, neither should the fact that Henry was not exactly what you would call a nice man.

    I was ok with the first season, but became very bored after that. I know the story of The Tudors very well and I wish the emphasis had been spread out a little more rather than placing the focus in two or three areas.

    All in all, not bad, but given the budget and the length, it could have been a lot better.
  • The lives of the English royal family of centuries past.

    This series is a dark, powerful portrayal of the family who ruled England in the 16th Century. The acting and writing is often excellent. I am aware that the producers of the show are somewhat bound by the fact that the characters are already defined for them. Still, I did think it was a bit difficult to find any truly likable people from whose vantage point to 'see' the story. The story as depicted here suffers a little for not having much light creep in. Henry VIII is, as ever, a force of nature, and it is truly impressive to watch him careen out of control. It's worth it to give this show a try.
  • For HBO fans, this is a show worth checking out...

    The good: The show is beautiful. The costumes, settings, brilliant to watch. The power of the church and crown really shines out. The show shines best through periods of intense drama, such as when illness erupts, tempers flare, and betrayal is on the rise. The series focusses directly on Henry and those closest to him, and Rhys-Meyers grew on me as an increasingly egotistical and tyrannical ruler. There are many great actors and actresses who really give you a feel of poisonous realm of court life. The disappointing: This is a period in which there are rich historical accounts and plenty of action. I was hoping for a more substantial feel of LIFE in the time of Henry VIII. The picture we are shown is very limited and similar to the majority of historical dramas- selective and brief looks into bits and pieces of the king and courtiers, while the rest of the players, commoners and peasants, are merely faceless crowds and the odd line here and there. I wish the show had opted the way of "Rome" to flesh out what life was truly like in the days of Henry on the many levels of society, and bring more colour to an array of influential characters. The acting never seems to show a sense of true feeling and emotion, only scheming. Also, as a smaller but growing annoyance, while the actors and actresses are indeed very beautiful, they sometimes don't seem authentic enough to the time period. Modern standards of beauty replace the standards of the time. Unless of course ladies and gentlemen of the court had access to gyms and personal trainors, I don't buy those perfectly toned bodies. I have no problem with sex scenes, except they often feel like a clip from a modern day porn film with costumes randomly slotted in when there hasn't been nudity in awhile. It can take away from the authentic feel of the show. Despite these disapointments, the show still holds my interest and I continue watching, so it's obviously doing some things very well. Definetly worth a look!
  • Nice history mini!

    The Tudors is a fantastic show which showcases the life and times of King Henry the VIII. As the opening of the show tells the viewer, "You think you know a story but you only know how it ends. To get to the heart of a story you have to go back to the beginning." I'm sure a lot of people watching the show are watching it for entertainment and not because of its historical accuracy. I personally love Tudor England and know a lot about it. The show takes many liberties, but that's why it's entertainment and not a biographic film on the King. It's fascinating to see what is kept of what many believe to be true and what is changed. Things such as basing Henry's sister Margaret after both his sister Mary and his older sister Margaret is very interesting turn. The first four episodes have been phenomenal works of cinematic art which I hope will continue on for seasons to come.
  • What's new?

    I loved season one (wich I gave a 9.9), almost on par with Rome.
    But this season so far seems like reruns.
    I hope they step it up soon or there want be a season 3 to enjoy.
    I don't mind that it's not accurat but you can't repeat the same story again and hope that nobody will notice and just swallow it. The roles are played mostly fine and with the writers back from strike they should be able to produce something new and refreshing. Everybody knows what Anne's fate will be, so just get it over and move to something more interesting and intriging. But at least we got a bone in episode 202 that france and the britts may head out for war, wich would be a welcome change of scenery.
  • The first two seasons were the best!

    Very much like the story of Henry VIII himself, the real intrigue and scandal of the story is in the whole Anne Boleyn affair. Once the pursuit, seduction and ensuing drama take place (and conclude by the end of Season 2), you feel like "What's next?"

    As a student of the period I excused some of the historical inaccuracies (dramatic license I suppose) so that did not bother me.

    Middway through Season 3 I told a friend of mine who also watched the show that this cannot go any longer especially since they seem to focus the story on Henry. What would have been interesting would be to see a little more about Elizabeth I - the show is "The Tudors" after all and not just "Henry Tudor" :) By the time I reached the finale I felt like I was watching more out of an obligation to completing the series than anything else. Maybe if it had the EI I would have been more engaged. But so be it. It was a fun ride while it lasted!
  • An essentially wonderful show, but sadly, it is quickly darkened by the almost constant sexual aspect.

    I loved this show. I watched nearly episode and became sickened by the constant use of sex in each episode - do they think they couldn't possibly create an episode without having some type of graphic sexual activity? I'm interested in the time period, Henry's life, etc. but I don't even want to see it anymore because of the constant sex! It drives me nuts. I want a show that's interesting but I don't have to cringe each time a scene ends because I fear that the next scene could be very graphic.

    Again, great show, but it has a major problem.
  • Too much imagination and sometimes too much of something else.

    I do enjoy watching this show just for the fun of it. I have always loved seeing this era of time as well as their costumes. I think the show has a wonderful cast of characters in it. The story line is quite amusing because we all know that by no means is this show factual. So when I watch this show I always keep that in mind, that this is not actual history but mostly a very vivid imagination. Then I can enjoy the show more. I was led to believe and had hoped "The Tudors" was going to be based on historical facts but I guess its to late to change the story line midstream. Another part of the show that bothers me is the sexual scenes. I really don't feel these scenes are necessary to make the show a success since they already have juicy enough story lines going on. When I get pass those two things then I can sit back and enjoy the show.
  • Although the history may be off, and everything isn't entirely accurate, the storyline, the look and fun of it all has definitely made up for any shortcomings!

    I admit, I only started watching this because I was an extra. But in the increasingly longer moments when I wasn't peering at the background for familiar faces, I somehow got sucked into the story. And although I know how it's going to end, I'm dying to see what happens in the meantime.

    Having seen it from the other side, and rather doubting the costume and set's ability to hold up on screen, I've been put in my place and rightly impressed. I love the look of the show and the vibrancy on the screen really translates to the viewer. The beautiful settings lend a needed historic feel to let people know that this show is serious, but in an accessible and interesting manner, rather than a drab and dreary drag. The special effects are top quality and the acting (particularly from Maria Doyle-Kennedy and Sam Neill) is utterly believable. Johnathon Rhys Meyers is perfect as the spoilt brat Henry, and the sycophantic squad that surround him spent each episode sucking up in style.

    Too much for a movie, too little for a full blown series, the mini-series genre suits this show just perfectly. Though it may get a tad out of hand at times (mature audience's only, please!) it's a grand old piece of entertaining eye-candy!
  • Classic yet modern, old yet vibrant. King's and swords will keep you wishing they aired the whole story straight.

    Incredible script, scenery and photography make this show a must see. Each detail is taken into great consideration. The manners of the court, the Kings personal ambitions and the passions that moved the European way of life back then. The cast has been selected very wisely giving The Tudors a well played story. Actors such as Jonathan Rhys and Sam Neill give life to what promises to be TV classic. The series of one hour clips are beautifully recorded in Ireland giving it that rocky green valley feel only to be found in Europe. Photography has also been very well crafted giving the perfect image for every scene keeping your eyes candied to your home set.
    Let’s hope that future episodes keep up the mystery and intrigue that episodes one and two have demonstrated!
  • Always compelling

    While a lot of people will quibble with historical accuracy, most of the broad strokes here, the characters and interactions, and the timeline, are in fact accurate. Sure, the women and probably the men are more beautiful than they would have been then (by today's standards). I'm sure some things were enhanced (fireworks) and others filled in, which is understandable because there are not records that accurately record the minute by minute lives of these characters. Personally I didn't mind looking past that kind of detail.

    What I found was 4 seasons of always-compelling drama. It's heavily weighted toward court intrigue and machinations vs. action. There's only a couple battle scenes in the whole series, if that's your thing. For me the writers did a great job of always having a number of interesting story lines going, and there were very few episodes that lulled and left me disappointed.

    I think season 2 with the Boleyns was the best but I missed Cardinal Wolsey from season 1, he was a great character and none of the chancellors who came after were as interesting. Also the "I'm arresting you for treason" and subsequent executions happened maybe a little to often, but historically, that was actually the case during Henry's reign so it does serve to constantly remind you "don't mess with the though people never learn. The acting can be a bit over the top at times, but again, that may be more accurate than might normally be believed. These were larger than life characters in real life and they are portrayed that way on screen. The "love" scenes can get a bit soft-core porny at times, I don't have a problem with nudity, just seemed a bit gratuitous (probably intentionally).

    Anyway, definitely worth watching the whole series, available on Netflix at this time (2014).
  • The Tudors is about a king that does everything in his power to make his country the best, strongest, and the most powerful.

    The King is trying to divorse his wife. That way he can marry a more young and lovely women. But the country of England likes his wife Katie. also she couldn't produce a male to rule the throne when he dies. They have a daughter toghter. The person he wants to marry got very sick but recovered. The country is falling apart and fast. The king is trying to restore the power and glory. His admittastration is doing the best they can but not enough in the king's eye. I think the show is good and there is a lot of volience and killing. But it is still fun to wacth.
  • A look into a world I would love to visit. Well scripted, well acted, well produced, this series whows historical events in a manner that would stimulate any person into wanting more information.

    This show has stirred up my passion for learning. Henry VIII is a young viral king who knows what he wants and takes it. He is vivacious and regal with a keen interest and awareness to keeping the Tudor dynasty alive. His single-mindedness with regards to producing a male heir compete, he then turns to more frivolous pursuits. He is brilliantly acted by Rhys-Myers. The production quality is on scale with a big budget motion picture, with seweping landscapes and castle scenes. The interconnectivity of the royal houses of Europe is explained, and the deviousness of people are everywhere. Katherine is protrayed as the wronged woman who loves her husband throughout, while Anne Boleyn is manupilated by her puppet-master uncle and father. Her brother enjoys his new-found status, while Katherine only wishes for reconsiliation. Now my favorite, Cardinal Woolsey. Sam Neill portrays him with a devilish beauty. He is seen as a person with no morals or ethics who wants only the best for himself. We do see change in him, though. The woman he loves understands him, and wants him for herself, not the glory or power. I thoroughly enjoyed season one and look forward to season two.
  • I don't know if anyone notices, but The Tudors sound engineers to fix the voices of the people in comparison with the much louder effects of the background (shoes hitting the ground overpowering peoples voice).

    I have and amazing surround sound system and everytime I watch this show its a constant battle with the volume.(quiet scene to horses running off) other than the volume and the occasional dragging of the show this series is great. The pilot episode was basically a soft-porn with some people talking every so often. The "sound-effects problem" annoyed me so much in the first episode I discontinued to watch the rest of the episode. I did not watch the other 3 episode until a friend of mine told me to give the show a chance. So I watched the remaing episode on-demand and enjoyed the following episodes. Doesn't have the action Rome has, but is as historically accurate with the major events and customs of the time. I recommend watching this show if your into kings and knights and drama.
  • A few years ago a asked my mom why don't they come up with a show like the Tudors. About a year after saying that I saw the add on showtime for this show. Was it fate?

    The Tudors is about the family and court of Henry VIII. It mainly has been focusing on his attemp to cast off his sweet and loving wife of many years Katharine of Aragon to marry his raven haired dark eyed mistress Anne Boleyn. I was a little disapointed that they were calling Henry's younger sister Margaret when her name was Mary. Then they killed her off much to soon then she died in real life. The writters also killed off Henry's Bastard son Henry JR when he was age six. In real life he lived to be sixteen. Obove all though a good show.
  • I'll keep watching hoping for improvements, first episodes are always a bit sketchy as writers try to convey basics of the series in the pilots.

    I sneak peeked at the first episode and will tune in for future episodes just to see where the series will take Henry. There are far too many people named Thomas which makes things confusing but as it is a show based on real people, not fictional characters, writers have to follow history. Henry is an intriguing person, it is nice to picture him as a young man. The Cardinal is a lowlife, making me once again wonder how such cretins get into positions of authority. I feel sorry for the Queen as women had very little voice in their own destinies.
  • mmm soap opera with henry cavill...the love of my life. who could ask for more? i want to see more of charles brandon...more :)

    henry cavill is bloody gorgeous. jrm works as the king because the king wasn't as much of a player as the beautiful mr brandon...which works okay with me. they need to cut down on the killing and up it on the sex and awesomeness. i love that i keep recognizing authors and poerts like thomas more and thomas wyatt and all the others...its smart, historical and perfect with just enough sexy time to keep you interested
    i dont know what else to write so i guess i will just recommend other movies with henry cavill if you are interested....he does i capture the castle and the count of monte cristo...both very good
  • A masterpiece of epic, majestic splendor.

    Its interesting how people demand shows or movies based on history to be as accurate as possible. While I do not argue the accuracy of the show/movie in question I argue the accuracy of the history itself. For entertainment purposes being accurate is not always the best course of action, based on pure entertainment alone "The Tudors" is a masterpiece. Starting with season 1 shows Henry as a young handsome King full of life and vigor.(Which according to history Henry was in fact handsome and very athletic). Jonathan Rhys Meyers (the main star here) does a fantastic job as a young Henry VIII who shows himself as a rash humanist but also has a short tempered and vengeful wrath of a King. Sam Neill as Cardinal Wolsey, works well because of the harmless exterior but darker much more dangerous under the surface approach he portrays. Catherine of Aragon is a strong character as well as you can truly feel the abandoned and suffering trials she endures but remains strong to her convictions and loyalty to the King despite his mistreatment of her. The rise of Ann Boleyn and her family and the downfall of Wolsey was a great way to end the season. It stayed that way throughout the rest of the series. Henry despite being a cold brutal monster at times shows flashes of love and compassion to his family and those close to him even as he ages and his leg gets worse. There were moments of true emotion in this series, the sadness felt when Queen Jane Seymour dies, the tragic life of Princess Mary and the hell she was put through, which led to her unfair title as "Bloody" Mary. Henry finally waging a war and winning honor and glory on the field, the sad fate of Sir Thomas Moore and the tug of war between the Pope and Henry as he broke from the church. There are many twists and turns, almost makes you wish you were there to see it actually happen. There may have been too many steamy scenes at times, But the violence was acceptable and not overdone. The sets and costumes were near perfect as was the music. Going back to the history and accuracy, these events happened over 500 years ago and history has never been trustworthy "written by the victors remember that" so who is to say that this is not close to accuracy how will we ever truly know.
  • Henry Tudor

    The king of England was never so good. I've been fascinated by the story of Henry VIII for quite a long time so when I heard they were making a tv show about Henry I was thrilled but I knew there was a lot to live up to. There is after all a reason they chose him of all the different European monarchs to make a serious about. They do it well too. The cast the perfect king, I adore the set and costume work, they make good but more importantly interesting casting and story choices. The try and work on different sorts of stories, both focusing on the political aspects of Henry's time on the throne and the personnel aspects and choices of his reign. The show is well worth the watch even if you don't know Henry's story but so the better if you do. Accuracy sometimes takes a hit but it's actually more accurate then you'd think and even when they do deviate it's usually only with liberties like time, ago, and to condense. It's a real addictive show, once you start you won't be able to stop. Death, betrayal, sex, intrigue and it's all based on real events. I'd like to see tv shows that aren't based on real stories try to do better. You can't make some of this stuff up.
  • Excellent

    The summary was what was going through my mind while watching the first episode of the second season I saw the pilot episode last year and thought this would be a decent show to watch beinhg a big fan of Rome I thought this would be a great replacement for that show but then I accidently forgot about the show shame on me I know. Knowing a lot about the Tudors already it is very easy to pick up on this show so I watched it again from this episode and I picked up on the storyline easily, from what I have seen this show is quiet acurrate and is very informative
  • Kings and queens in a great show...

    I always love films about times of Kings and Queens. And with the good script and players, it is unavoidable show for me to watch it.
    The script wirters are great. They are present the life of Tudors without being so historical in a kind of accurancy. I like the darkness and sexy side of the series.
    But what I like most is the costumes and places. King Henry the VIII is well played by the actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers. And of course Henry Cavill is also a very talented actor.
    I know that there will be may one or two more season at most and this really upsets me...
  • Sexy, dark and full of intrigue - history has never looked so good!

    I only recently go to see the first season of "The Tudors" when a friend bought it for me on dvd, but I had been fairly certain I was going to love it, and I wasn't disappointed at all.

    This show is sexy, well scripted, well acted and really just good fun. The story is already set - there is nothing more interesting than the truth, and the writers have filled in the gaps to make it a much darker and more seductive romp than I'm sure it was in real life!

    Jonathon Rhys Myers is, as always, outstanding in the lead role. A fairly unusual choice, he has pulled of the role with ease, playing the fickle king with suppressed aggression and a sexiness that I'm sure the real Henry VIII possessed in his time as well.

    The supporting cast are all excellent; I've been a fan of Sam Neil for years, and he played the role of the Cardinal with relish.

    The cast are definitely (on the whole) young and sexy, with a freshness that this show requires. This is fairly heavy history for the most part, and needs a young cast to carry that weight and lighten it with sex and intrigue. The costuming is gorgeous, as are the sets, particularly for a small-screen production.

    The show seems to have gotten mixed reviews, but I think that is mainly due to the fact that this was never going to be everyone's cup of tea. Either you have an interest in this part of history, or you don't, and I don't imagine the clever casting or scripting would be enough to salvage this for you if history isn't your thing.

    Regardless, I am a student of history, and this show ticks all the boxes for me. I am most definitely hooked, and eagerly await the release of season 2 on dvd. Definitely a guilty pleasure, but easily my new favourite show.
  • My Guilty Pleasure

    I have only just started watching this as my uncle has got season 1 on dvd and i borrowed it off him. Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays King Henry The 8th who has had 6 wives and was most famous for this, Jonathan plays his part as the king extemly well. At times it can be very rude, but is a great adaptation of Henry The 8th's life. All the actors in The Tudors, play there parts very well especially Natalie Dormer who plays Anne Boleyn. Although at times i don't believe this to be exact especially when it comes to the more rude scenes, but it is still really well put together, and i shall continue to watch:)
  • A story about Henry the 8th! If U liked Rome, U r gonna love this too!

    From the first 2 episodes, I doest liked this series. Meyers has a very irritating face for me... :D
    I wanted to stop with this... but its good. And now I have no problem with Meyers. The series is about King Henry the 8th, from the Tudor dinasty. He is young, but he has an older wife. So he finds love and girls elsewhere.
    Basicly thats the main point.

    The story how he fell in love with Anne Boleyn. How he escapes from his marriage.
    How he strenghten his Empire, and deal with his enemies. So If U liked Rome, and this is almost the same. Sex, pretty girls, good music, and a little history lesson. :)
  • The life of The Tudors. It is about the famous dynasty and how they lived, how the times were ruled by the Church, secretly of course. Another interesting point of view is the social status of the woman.

    It pains me too see that the life of the woman was revolving round the man. Without anything else to do,and the biggest "job" a woman could get was being the king's mistress. And it was something to be proud of? Thank God I wasn't born in those times. Of course the producers put sex into light on the show, but really...don't they realize the impact it has? It couldn't have been all about sex!
    And Anne? How can a king, a man, be influenced by a woman like that?
    What I understood was that the king had no idea of how the people of England were living. And worse, he didn't care. It is a good thing that now we choose our rulers, nobody can get a country as a birth gift. And so many that did, didn't deserve it.
  • The life of The Tudors. It is about the famous dynasty and how they lived, how the times were ruled by the Church, secretly of course. Another interesting point of view is the social status of the woman.

    It pains me too see that the life of the woman was revolving round the man. Without anything else to do,and the biggest "job" a woman could get was being the king's mistress. And it was something to be proud of? Thank God I wasn't born in those times. Of course the producers put sex into light on the show, but really...don't they realize the impact it has? It couldn't have been all about sex!
    And Anne? How can a king, a man, be influenced by a woman like that?
    What I understood was that the king had no idea of how the people of England were living. And worse, he didn't care. It is a good thing that now we choose our rulers, nobody can get a country as a birth gift. And so many that did, didn't deserve it.
  • A crown jewel of a show!

    The first episode got me hooked. And as the season progressed, each episode drew me further into the life and times of Henry VIII. I never knew English history could be so enticing! Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Sam Neill act brilliantly in their portrayals of King Henry and Cardinal Wolsey, respectively. There is never a dull moment in the plot, which alternates between passion and power. I'm not concerned with how historically accurate every detail of the show is, which makes it easier for me to accept Jonathan Rhys Meyers as King Henry. (Seriously, who would rather watch a fat old man play Henry VIII than Rhys Meyers?)

    Next season should be even better than the first as Henry and Anne take their relationship to the next level(how could they not)?
  • Not completely accurate, but a riveting story, nonetheless.

    If you can get past many of the historical inaccuracies and misrepresentations and watch with an uneducated mind, this show is one of the most visually and aesthetically captivating shows on television. The acting and emotion are superb, the costumes are stunning, and the writing is even better!! It's the kind of show where one cares enough about the characters to have an opinion about each. If you are going to watch only one show on television, make it this one. It bundles every television show element into one. Every episode is packed with drama, comedic moments, real/historic events, and period-appropriate music and dance numbers.
< 1 2
No results found.
No results found.
No results found.