• Network: Showtime
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 3, 2011
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
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Universal acclaim- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 41
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 41
  3. Negative: 3 out of 41

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  1. Apr 15, 2012
    Everything I loved about season 1 is back! All the opulent historical detail, the slow-burn performances, and the intrigue and backstabbing make a return. But on top of that, the pacing has been improved. The story moves at a more deliberate pace, and the Borgia family itself seems closer to the scandalous family that we've all read about in history. It is this change in the characters that is the absolute highlight of this new season. Whereas Juan was a spoiled playboy before, this year he descends to a much darker and violent place. And where Lucrezia was an innocent girl dreaming of true love, this year what little is left of her idealism is extinguished quickly. And these are just a few of the characters that undergo some profound change. Hopefully the rest of the season stays as strong as the early episodes! Expand
  2. Apr 28, 2012
    Everything about this show is good: the political intrigue, the chemistry between the actors, the costumes and set. Whether you are a fan of history, you like political drama, or just are looking for something good to watch, The Borgias can meet your every need. Excellent show.
  3. Mar 14, 2013
    Neil Jordan and company kicked it up a notch from pretty good season 1 to a near perfect historical drama. Elegant and dark, its main characters are ambitiously wicked but with some charmingly likable, even heroic traits. This is especially true of eldest son, Cesare, played with an arresting sincerity by Francois Arnaud. Although there were significant improvements in cohesiveness, action and intrigue from its freshman season, The Borgias is still The Borgias. It does not grab the viewer with sensationalist excess or cheap thrills. Its addictiveness is the slow burn character-driven kind. You have to have a little patience with this series to appreciate how sublimely good it is. Expand
  4. Feb 27, 2014
    The second series proved to be even more intriguing than the first. By now, I know that many of the events are highly fictionalized, but I was not expecting a documentary. Rodrigo Borgia is developing something of a conscience, even if he still chases women. Lucrezia, having lost her innocence, is slowly turning into a more resourceful and merciless woman. Juan and Cesare reach a defining point in their problematic relationship and the latter is also turning even more merciless. Michelozzo shows an unexpected side of his personality, while managing to be even more sinister than during the first series. I totally love the costumes, richly decorated and produced using what looks like first class material. Expand

Universal acclaim - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    May 21, 2012
    Given the amounts of sumptuous scenery to chew on, the acting is restrained, even if the gore and sex are not. [28 May 2012, p.40]
  2. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Apr 9, 2012
    Rest assured: The Borgias are still bad to the bone.
  3. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Apr 9, 2012
    Poverty and pigeons, bread and circuses--and so much decadent good fun, it's positively sinful.