Critic Consensus: It's deliberately paced and its characters might be too unpleasant for some, but The Borgias is a lush period drama with high production values and intrigue to spare.
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Toss in some Corleones with your Sopranos and you've got the makings of this sumptuous Renaissance-era soap opera-costume drama. Don Borgia, er, Rodrigo Borgia, played with devilish ham by Jeremy Irons, makes like Machiavelli (who, incidentally, shows up a few episodes down the Appian Way) and maneuvers and schemes his way to the papacy to become Pope Alexander VI. And he keeps things in the family, by naming son Cesare (François Arnaud) a cardinal, putting another, Juan (David Oakes), in charge… More
as Rodrigo Borgia, Rodr...
as Lucrezia Borgia
as Juan Borgia
as Cesare Borgia
as Joffre Borgia
as Giulia Farnese
as Cardinal Della Rover...
as Cardinal Orsini
as Cardinal Sforza
as Johannes Burchard
as Giovanni Sforza
as Prince Djem
as Ursula Bonadeo
as Giovanni Sforza
as Princess Sancia
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Almost swashbuckling with a cast of thousands, costumes off the charts, and enough murder, sex, and mayhem to suit . . . well, the Borgias.
Unlike many historical accounts, The Borgias weaves a picture of a complex man whose skills at diplomacy and whose patronage of the arts helped shape a new emerging church and continent.
If the Borgias truly provided inspiration for the Corleones and by extension the Sopranos, Showtime's exploration of this first crime family won't do anything to make you forget those others.
Addictive - not just because of the blood-and-boobs aspects, but because it takes you inside an unfamiliar world and shows you how it works.
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