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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 1, 2007
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
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68

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8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 52 Ratings

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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
  1. CarlettaE.
    May 7, 2008
    10
    the show is breathtaking and the actors keep you on the edge of your seat in anticipation. Bravo Tudors.
  2. TudorsOnline
    Apr 30, 2008
    10
    The Tudors is a beautifully filmed, wonderfully written and superbly acted show documenting the life and times of King Henry VIII. Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Natalie Dormer, Jeremy Northam and the entire cast add rich layers to these characters in ways that seem impossible. The show was fantastic in its first season but has only become more mesmerizing in its sophomore year. Expand
  3. seanf.
    Aug 16, 2008
    10
    Great writing. absolute fantastic writing all round especially king henry. Very engaging series. Cant wait for the next one.
  4. Norma
    May 12, 2008
    10
    Can't wait for each new episode. The best series on television!
  5. LatriceR.
    Jun 8, 2008
    10
    THE BEST EVER!!!! LOVE THE TUDORS!!!! Great Actors, Beautiful Scenes, Beautiful Costumes.Please keep making more of these type series. And Please bring back THE TUDORS SOON!!!! Expand
  6. KaseyD
    Jun 14, 2008
    10
    Amazing show. The 2nd season was way more accurate than the first. Jonathan Rhys Myers, Natalie Dormer and Jeremy Northam all give amazing performances. I am in love with this show. Expand
  7. [anonymous]
    Mar 22, 2009
    3
    Really guys? Whats with the 10s? Henry the 8th wasn't some whiny twerp. He was a big powerful dude. The acting in this is sub par at best. The show goes nowhere fast, and focuses on the most boring crowd pleasing aspect of the story. Don't believe the myriad high scores. I watched a whole season and I don't know why. There is zero payoff. Expand

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