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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 3, 2011
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

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  • Summary: The cardinals position themselves to take over the papacy, Catherina Sforza wants revenge, and Lucrezia grows even closer to her brother, Cesare.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Apr 11, 2013
    By episode three, things are roiling up and rolling around.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Apr 15, 2013
    The intrigue continues and The Borgias remains one of TV's more reliable potboilers.
  3. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Apr 15, 2013
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Apr 12, 2013
    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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 27, 2013
    Part 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. Expand
  2. Feb 27, 2014
    Just 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. Expand
  3. Jun 12, 2013
    Seriously a 40? Did the reviewer took the trouble to watch episodes past the first one? Yes Jeremy Irons is not at his best to say the least, but almost everything else is in place. Script, acting, photography etc. all can be compared to any current top rated show. Especially episode 5 which could easily be made into a good movie by its own. Please screen the reviews that are obviously out of place either very high or very low. Expand
  4. Apr 24, 2013
    The 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. Expand
  5. Jun 17, 2013
    It is not the Pope(Jeremy Irons) who steals the show here, it's his beloved son Cesare Borgia (played by Francois Arnaud). For history buffs, you would know about the life and conquests of Cesare Borgia and appreciate the originality Francois brings to this iconic character. He's passion and devotion to family and the papacy is what really shines in this series. It's a shame it has all come to an end a spin off of Cesare Borgia would be worth the watch! An amazing series that is way too underrated. Collapse
  6. Sep 6, 2013
    The Borgias is a glimpse into the most salacious periods of the Vatican. Jeromy Irons was at his best. I only wish the writers had better paced themselves, leaving room for a fourth season. Always leave them wanting more, I guess. Expand

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