The White Queen: Season 1 (2013)

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Critic Consensus: Though it sometimes suffers from clunky storytelling, The White Queen still delivers sufficient intrigue, thanks to its gorgeous costumes, splendid cast, and sexy, soapy plots.

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Episodes

1
Air date: Aug 10, 2013
2
Air date: Aug 17, 2013
3
Air date: Aug 24, 2013
4
Air date: Sep 7, 2013
5
Air date: Sep 14, 2013
6
Air date: Sep 21, 2013
7
Air date: Sep 28, 2013
8
Air date: Oct 5, 2013
9
Air date: Oct 12, 2013
10
Air date: Oct 19, 2013

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Court intrigue, murder, romance and seduction drive this historical drama about the quest of three women and those around them who will stop at nothing in their efforts to become queen of England. The series begins in 1463, as a secret wedding between widowed commoner Elizabeth Woodville (Rebecca Ferguson) and King Edward IV (Max Irons) kicks off a deadly power struggle. Believing that her son, Henry Tudor, is destined to mount the throne, and determined to see it happen, royal cousin Margaret Beaufort (Amanda Hale) begins to take manipulative steps to see her dream come true, while Anne Neville (Faye Marsay), the daughter of influential Lord Warwick (James Frain) also known as "The Kingmaker," looks on as her father schemes his way to securing the crown for her.

Cast

Max Irons
as King Edward IV
Aneurin Barnard
as Richard, Duke of Gloucester
David Oakes
as George, Duke of Clarence
Janet McTeer
as Jacquetta
James Frain
as Lord Warwick
Rebecca Ferguson
as Elizabeth Woodville
Amanda Hale
as Margaret Beaufort
Faye Marsay
as Anne Neville
Ben Lamb
as Anthony Rivers
Tom McKay
as Jasper Tudor
Eleanor Tomlinson
as Isabel Neville
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Critic Reviews for The White Queen Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (12)

You could do worse than The White Queen.

Sep 3, 2013 | Full Review…

If it had less magic, the miniseries might really have cast a spell.

Sep 3, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The White Queen is gauzier than The Tudors, and it contains more overacting; but it scratches the same itch.

Aug 12, 2013 | Full Review…

Its success is due largely to the costumes, set dressing, and comeliness of the two leads.

Aug 8, 2013 | Full Review…

It's pretty and toothless, far lighter than its source material, and nothing like as thrilling as it should, or could, be.

Oct 10, 2018 | Full Review…

As a love story set in an impossibly chivalrous past, this was deliciously enjoyable. The conflict between the houses of Lancaster and York ceased to matter -- the crucial conflict was between Innocence and Experience.

Nov 6, 2017 | Full Review…

If you can brush aside concerns about historical accuracy (including a 15th century that seems a lot cleaner than you'd expect), 'The White Queen' is a rewarding experience.

Jul 29, 2015 | Full Review…

The White Queen is tremendously entertaining.

Feb 21, 2014 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Years slip by in a moment, dismissed with clunky exposition, the rooms with their hangings become interchangeable and claustrophobic, and though some windows shine brightly, it becomes increasingly difficult to see the kingdom for the queens.

Jan 6, 2014 | Full Review…

Like a Masterpiece Classic on steroids, Starz's 10-part historical potboiler The White Queen is ripe with juicy intrigue of the royal and romantic variety, ripping bodices with pay-cable aplomb.

Jan 6, 2014 | Full Review…

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