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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 1, 2007
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
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  • Summary: Heads will roll in the second season of The Tudors. Henry and Anne are king and queen, but this stops neither Henry's roving eye nor his suspicion of those closest to him.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Hirst, Rhys Meyers and the rest of the cast (and Bergin's costumes) make it all somehow meatier but no less entertaining in Season 2.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    80
    I find I’m even more enthralled by Showtime’s costume melodrama The Tudors than I was a year ago.
  3. The Reformation is what this equally entertaining second season is about, plus ditching the brunette, Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer), in favor of the blonde, Jane Seymour (Anita Briem).
  4. 75
    It's not quite as randy--it's become less of a soap and more of a historical drama. This is not to say it's not great.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    60
    Mixing equal parts court intrigue with Calvin Klein ad, the series falls short of greatness.
  6. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    50
    The tumult of Henry VIII's reign, especially the schism between him and the Catholic Church, is rich material, and the soap opera of his multiple wives is naturally absorbing: it's just a crime that Showtime couldn't do better with the material than the thinly written eye candy it came up with.
  7. 40
    While the show's portrayals of King Henry VIII and Cardinal Wolsey and Lady Anne Boleyn feel reasonably vivid, there's a flatness to them, as if it's enough to merely tell the story convincingly and make everyone look damn good in corsets and puffy sleeves along the way.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 1 out of 25

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