• Network: Showtime
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 3, 2011
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 4 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Apr 15, 2013
    83
    The intrigue continues and The Borgias remains one of TV's more reliable potboilers.
  2. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Apr 15, 2013
    63
    Jordan favors intimacy in his shooting; he prefers discussions behind closed doors or hidden in plain sight and affairs built on whispers of secrets. This visual tendency blunts the sharp edge of the series, as does his understandable but limiting focus on the eponymous family.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Apr 12, 2013
    40
    The Borgias remains a serious letdown as well, so grim and joyless it’s hard to derive much satisfaction from seeing Jeremy Irons in a role he was seemingly born to play.
  4. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Apr 11, 2013
    100
    By episode three, things are roiling up and rolling around.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 27, 2013
    10
    Part intelligent soap opera. Part Shakespearean drama. The Borgias is a hard show to niche and perhaps understand at first glance, but oncePart intelligent soap opera. Part Shakespearean drama. The Borgias is a hard show to niche and perhaps understand at first glance, but once you get a hang of the politics, intrigue and complex relationships, the story becomes very addictive. The acting on this show is brilliant and right up there with any of year-in and year-out Emmy nominated dramas. Full Review »
  2. Apr 24, 2013
    9
    The Borgias is an under-appreciated show in my opinion. Both by critics and fans alike. After last season's tremendous latter half and theThe Borgias is an under-appreciated show in my opinion. Both by critics and fans alike. After last season's tremendous latter half and the premiere of season 3, it looks good going forward. Jeremy Irons is fantastic as is the norm for him. But Holliday Grainger and the actor who portrays her brother Cesare are giving great performances too. Really hope Showtime lets The Borgias finish it's story. Full Review »
  3. Feb 27, 2014
    10
    Just started watching the third series and I really regret that The Borgia was cancelled. It was a much stronger show than anythingJust started watching the third series and I really regret that The Borgia was cancelled. It was a much stronger show than anything “historical” I saw so far. The first episode is brilliantly shot and keeps the tension going until the very last moment. After having being poisoned at the end of the second series, the life of Rodrigo Borgia hangs in balance, while all the enemies of his family are joining forces. Della Rovere, the cardinal just as diabolical as Borgia is free once more to create havoc and Lucrezia is sort of in love with her second husband-to-be. But clearly all will not be well in the Borgia world. Full Review »