The Tudors

Showtime (ended 2010)





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  • Sarah Bolger

    Huge fan of the show and of Sarah Bolger, playing Mary. She has another film coming out later this year called Iron Cross, which stars Roy Scheider. She plays a young girl who falls in love with the lead character during the flashbacks to WWII. Her character is also supposed to be a heroine, although I'm not sure what this entails. Her performance looks amazing on the trailer I've been able to download online (you can find it if you google "Iron Cross," it's all over online!), and I really can't wait for its release!!! Sarah Bolger, you surely rock!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • The Tudors is a tv drama based on King Henry VIII and shows his life and affairs the way they appeared to have happened. This show shows King Henry as a sexy,attractive and young man and while it does portray him well it exaggerates a slight bit.

    I really enjoy The Tudors as it's so educational and yet so glamorous and sexy.Of course Jonothan Rhys Meyers is the reason I began watching it in the first place but over the course of a few episodes I began to really enjoy the story and couldn't wait to see the final episode's results and consequences.I did find it slightly graphic especially since it really didn't need to be when the eye candy is so obviously there fully clothed.I was amazed to see the amount of new talent apparent in this mainly Irish based tv series.I was also shocked to learn that most of it was filmed in Ireland yet it did not get the credit.I am really optimistic this show will have many more series as it received such a huge audience both in Ireland and England.
  • Sex, love, war, and treason...this is history like it has never been seen before!

    "The Tudors" takes a look at the reign of Henry VIII when his marraige to Catherine of Aragon was breaking up and he was falling in love with Anne Boleyn. While not completely historically accurate, the fantastic storytelling more than makes up for its inaccuracies. Not to mention that the show is so well-written it may intrigue nearly its entire audience to do a little research on the period.

    The show constructs such well-defined characters in these historical figures that the story seems to unfold naturally, as if the audience is watching the real people from hundreds of years ago. Although it's not one hundred percent accurate, it is an interesting take on the lives of people we don't often remember as being human.

    It is definately worth watching!
  • A revealing look at a younger version of Henry VIII than we are used to seeing (at least us Yankees).

    Filmed in Ireland, this series is a beautiful to watch as it is good. Jonathon Rhys Meyers as Henry is a perfect fit. This show isn't only about Henry, but is also about Thomas Moore, Cardinal Woolsy and the women in Henry's life (of which there were many, and when I say many I mean MANY). Not only do you see the life of a King, but you see the forces around him (mostly conspiratorial) which weave a web of deception, lies and power. I am most impressed with the high caliber cast, the cinematography, and just the vastness of the story. If you like period movies, I really think this is exactly the series for you. If though you are easily offended by gratuitous sexual encounters (in the first episode there is a minimum of 3 sexual liasons) this might not be for you.

    I don't know if this is historically accurate, but I have been both entertained and delighted by this series. Showtime has once again impressed me both in scope and story!

    The first 2 episodes are currently available on Showtime On Demand.
  • i love this show!!! aww its so awesome!! it keeps you wanting more!! most shows dont! but this one does!!

    i love this show!! it is so good how it just keeps you hanging! on wanting more and more!!! and they are doing a great job showing how he was at a young age!! how he loved and how things was! its alot like rome!! but rome was alot blooder then this!!!! man its sad tho how they killed that one guy! and im hooked cause he is in love with anne! he is cute!!! i mean he is just so good looking they picked the right person to play henry the 8th!!! this guy has him looking like a real man!! i mean its only 3 shows in to the series but its so awesome!!! i love it!!!! ive watched all 3 of them about 20 times now on demend
  • excellent show, has something for almost any taste.

    Dispite its occassional break from historical facts, The Tudors gives watchers a great glimps of the life at court during the reign of King Henry the 8th. Each role seems to be wonderfully suited to the actors but I will say that J.R.M. stands out as suporb in his role as the young king henry the 8th, and has me comming back for more.

    The show is funny although not slapstick funny, more that the aragonce of the king and the lenghts his subjects must go to keep him happy can at times appear humourous.

    My favorite show of the year and my top 20 ever!
  • A fabulous historical show, there really should be more of the them. Very well written and riveting each week. A strong cast of actors with magnificent sets and outside filming. Quite saucey at times, but they were like that back then!

    A truly great show with great actors playing each part. Johnathon Rhys Meyer is mesmerising as King Henry, well done on fabulous acting, showing Henry could be loving, caring and kind as well as showing a truly terrifying side to his personality also. I really hope that Michael Hirst continues writing more episodes as The Tudors was more than just King Henry VIII. It would be fab if he continued the story on from Henry's death. I could certainly watch this all over again without any series breaks this time round! I thought the last episode was so touching, showing how age was beginning to effect Henry's judgement and we was beginning to reflect more on the decisions he had made during his life - it made me cry anyway!
  • the turdors was a amazeing show i wonder why they didnt bring it back i love it i know it was a little bet sexy but i love it

    the tudors was a good and a heart break show i know it was a litte bit sexy but i love it show soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much i know they ony did 4 seasons of the tudors but i love it i hope they bring it back case it was and amazeing and wonderful and great show i wonder what are the cast are doing now i wonder what type of movies they are doing now i wonder did some of thr carerters and dateing in real life i love the show its self i hope the do bring bring it back i love love love the tudors
  • the behind the scene story of king henry the VIII, most famous for having six wives. he was also the founder of the church of england. may not be completely historically accurate, but this is showtime, not the history channel.

    total guilty pleasure! the story of king henry the VIII (played wonderfully by johnathon rhys meyers) of england and his six wives. henry was also the foundr of the church of england and a history maker. take a fascinating era of history and sex it up! the tudors is so addicting! i don't even have showtime, i caught the first episode on the 101(directv) when the show premired. there was so much buzz about it that showtime felt if we got a free sneak peek, more ppl would subscribe just to see it. the first season actually spans around 10 years beleive it or not. henry meets the infamous anne boleyn and in order to have her he has to get a divorce. the pope refuses to grant one so henry forms his own church in order to get it. despite all this, henry's first wife, catherine of aragon, remains completely loyal, believing she and henry are husband and wife till death do they part. anne's father is dipicable, he pimped his daughters to the king for power, boo. henry's best friend, the delicious charles brandon(played by henry cavill), secretly marries henry's sister. in the divorce, henry disowns his own daughter mary and when anne gives birth to elizabeth I, assigns her as one her ladies in waiting. s2 chronicles the downward spiral of henry and anne's marriage. she cannot produce the son she promised henry and he begins to think that their marriage is an unholy union. and during their marriage he executed one of his advisors and closest friends, sir thomas more, and feels loads of grief about it. the season ends w/anne's execution by beheading and henry's proposal to wife #3, jane seymour. while obviously not completely historically accurate, the tudors is well written and acted. the costumes and sets are lavish and the story is fascinating. very sexy, not for the kids. watching it inspired me to do some online research on the tudors family, very interesting group of monarchs. waiting impatiently for season 3!!!!!
  • Henry VIII comes alive... but young and sexy... The show offers a different view of those historical events 500 years ago

    I love that show! I've always been into historical dramas especially such focusing on the history of Great Britain. At first i didn't like Mayer's play as Henry but at the end of season 1 and throughout the whole 2 season i thought he was brilliant and really into his charachter (despite still cosidering him a bit underwieght for the role). The events on the show might not be completely accurate but that's understandable because history isn't always well represented in such productions...
    Anyway, the show is great, Emily Dormer is fantastic and Henry Caville is, well, a guilty pleasure :D
  • Did someone accuse Ann Bolyn of being a witch? Becasue of having moles and a deformed pinky? Is that historically true?

    That was a gret episode (2-6). Actress playing Ann is fabulous! What about someone accuse Ann Bolyn of being a witch? Becasue of moles and a deformed pinky? Is that historically true? ie: did she have the "markings" and/or was she so accused? These actors are all so great at their art and perfect for their roles. Who does the casting? They must get a lot of work! And the writers are equally talented. Not to mention the sets, direction,etc --- this is the only show I just can't bear to miss!!!!!
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