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  • One word-Amazing!

    10
    Shows i watch are typically not drama, actually other than this show i don't really watch drama TV shows.

    I like action, comedy, and mystery. This show has none of that. Don't get me wrong!! I may sound like i hate the show but it is the exact opposite. I find this show to be a break from all those things. Although it has none of those attributes it does have a lot of drama (the good kind), and amazing acting, and incredible writing to make one of the best shows ever created! I cant even describe just how amazing the acting and writing in this show is. I watch a lot of TV, and i can say that this show has the best acting and best writing i've ever seen. Even though i know whats going to happen because it is based on King Henry VIII, every episode leaves me jaw dropped and begging for more.

    Even though King Henry was a horrible person you hate to love him! Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays him so amazingly that if u seen him walking down the street you might just bow down and kiss his ring because he is just that convincing!

    If there is one show you should watch it would be this one most definetly.
  • Young sexy Henry, a court full of women, a country on the verge of war, and a deceitful Cardinal.

    9.6
    I love this show! I have always been fascinated by the Tudors and Englands royal. Especially Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I. This show gives an entirely new take on King Henry IIIV. We see young Henry and all of his conquest as well as the love that brought an empire to its knees with Anne Boleyn and Henry. Court has so many inner workings and hidden romances and deceits. You come to realize no one is truly safe or loyal.

    I've always seen Henry as a monster but now I am beginning to get a new take on him. I see a softer more human side and I think that is important to understanding what really happened.

    The producers of this show do a wonderful job of miixing historical fact with a fascinating story line.
  • The Tudors

    10
    The Tudors may not have followed history as we know it perfectly, however this series was a perfect reimagining of the story of King Henry the VIII. I really enjoyed watching every episode of each season of this series because the actors were perfect in their roles, the major and minor plot lines all moved forwad at a perfect pace, and thesets and costumes where spectacular. It was really refreashing to see a modern look at life during these times and what young Royalty would have been doing during these times. I really enjoyed the awesome actors who played their characters perfectly. This series is entertaining because it mixes action, drama, intrigue, character and plot development. I wish there was a spinoff series about the events of King Henry the VIII's children's reigns! I will watch this show in my yearly rotation because it is perfect from start to finish!!!!!!!
  • 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.

    7.0
    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.
  • i really injoy watching the tudors!! i want to see more of them!!some of the guys are very cute! i like history! your movies are great!!

    10
    watching the people and the rolls they play are very good! for the kings house has all the riches of the life syle being very wealthy wanting for nothing but beautiful woman! i like watching the way they lived back in the day. injoy the way they danced, their clothing, the drink and rich food i see them feasting on, making love ,getting rid of the people they didn;t want standing in their way. and the struggle of the common man. King Henry Vlll was a very powerful man! just love the show every series just gets better! keep up the great work!!
  • GREAT!!

    10
    I love this show! Personally I have always found this history most interesting and this show has only peeked my curiosity even more. I went to the theatre and watched The Other Boleyn Girl and I have to say this show topped and then some. The costuming is better and the chemistry amongst the characters is stronger. This is a real testament to the actors and actresses in the TV show. Cudos. Perhaps the movie has a few more historical accuracies but it doesn't really matter. People just want to see something great and this show is great. : )
  • Great show, fantastic story..

    10
    Being a lover of the Tudor history period, I have high hopes for this show. I have to admit, seeing Meyers as Henry didnt grip me at first, I just couldnt picture him as a young man.. But Meyers has pulled it off brilliantly in my opinion. I've never seen him before The tudors, and I love him. Such a great actor, and I havent seen any flaws in him yet!

    I think the story is going along really well, not all is true to history, but its entertainment, and doesnt have to be entirely true, it just makes good watching, and thats all I can expect and hope for each week, it hasnt let me down!

    10/10!
  • Great Show.Not intended for children~!

    9.9
    With everyone's motivations in this handsomely mounted but adrenaline-fueled series so on-the-surface, Dormer's enigmatic, time-halting loveliness [as Anne Boleyn] is a boon for The Tudors, and damn near worth losing your head over.Despite some passing references to Henry's fondness for "humanism" and new, middle-class men, no one is likely to mistake The Tudors for a treatise on the socioeconomic pressures that reshaped England during Henry's reign. Still, the show does a fine job of showing the interplay of passions and politics that shaped so many of his decisions. Now that lusty and incredibly bloodthirsty historical dramas have proven their power on premium cable (think HBO's "Rome"), Showtime is jumping in the act with a portrait of one of history's most notorious womanizers and political schemers.
  • Cable series have done it again.

    9.6
    The Tudors, while not completely historically accurate, manage to make a very dark and tumultuous time in history extremely intriguing and sexy. If only the real players on the world stage had all been that good looking! Jonathan Rhys Meyers is fantastic as King Henry, alternating between tempestuous and insecure. He manages to portray one of the most infamous kings in history with ease and grace. Sam Neill is deliciously heinous as cardinal Wolsey. He makes you hate him too easily. All of those people we were forced to study about in high school history are brought to life by very capable actors. Each episode is full of passion and intrigue. History will never be the same. I highly recommend that you rent this on dvd if you don't have showtime.
  • One of the best show to ever come from the Showtime/CBC! Tho they make a lot of good shows.

    9.5
    The Tudors is a Drama kinda like Rome and some other shows i which i can't recall. It is a very good example of how the Monarchy and Church worked back in the days. Back when rome was the center of the world. The production quality is hands down some of the best i have seen from many of the major networks. The costumes are very well made and look very grand, as they would have back in the day. The story follows King Henry VIII as he falls in love with Anne Boleyn(who is being manipulated into the whole ordeal by her father and uncle). Sadly for King Henry he must fight the Pope/Church and his wife Katherine for the power to marry his love. The story however is not all about love there is also war and the politics that war breeds.
  • Henry Tudor

    9.0
    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.
  • Sexy, dark and full of intrigue - history has never looked so good!

    9.0
    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

    9.0
    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:)
  • 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 :)

    8.9
    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 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?

    8.8
    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.
  • The Tudors is about a king that does everything in his power to make his country the best, strongest, and the most powerful.

    8.5
    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.
  • Too much imagination and sometimes too much of something else.

    8.0
    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.
  • Nice history mini!

    7.2
    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.
  • The lives of the English royal family of centuries past.

    7.0
    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...

    7.0
    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!
  • 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!

    10
    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

    10
    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.

    10
    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

    10
    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?

    10
    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!!!!!
  • This is great entertainment.

    10
    Like HBO's Rome, The Tudors is set back in time and tells the stories of the young King Henry the VIII. JRM is brilliant at potraiting one of Englands most infamous kings ever to set on the throne. I never thought I would like a show that depicts history but this is such a good drama. The acting is top notch, the stories always amaze me, the sets are huge and expensive. The show,like many of Showtimes shows, is underated when it comes to award season but suprisingly it got nominated for four emmys hopefully the second season will be just as successful. The critics love it, it is as of right now the 10th show with the most critical acclaim. This is one of the best shows on television. I can not wait to own the DVD.
  • excellent show, has something for almost any taste.

    9.9
    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!
  • i love this show!!! aww its so awesome!! it keeps you wanting more!! most shows dont! but this one does!!

    9.8
    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
  • Sex, love, war, and treason...this is history like it has never been seen before!

    9.7
    "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).

    9.7
    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.
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