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The Borgias: Season 1 (2011)

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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 of the papal armies and pimping out daughter Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) for a political alliance.

Cast

Jeremy Irons
as Rodrigo Borgia, Rodrigo Borgia/Pope Alexander VI
Holliday Grainger
as Lucrezia Borgia
David Oakes
as Juan Borgia
François Arnaud
as Cesare Borgia
Aidan Alexander
as Joffre Borgia
Lotte Verbeek
as Giulia Farnese
Colm Feore
as Cardinal Della Rovere
Derek Jacobi
as Cardinal Orsini
Peter Sullivan
as Cardinal Sforza
Sean Harris
as Micheletto
Simon McBurney
as Johannes Burchard
Ronan Vibert
as Giovanni Sforza
Ruta Gedmintas
as Ursula Bonadeo
Michel Muller
as Giovanni Sforza
Julian Bleach
as Machiavelli
Elyes Gabel
as Prince Djem
Emmanuelle Chriqui
as Princess Sancia
Steven Berkoff
as Savonarola
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Critic Reviews for The Borgias: Season 1

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (15)

Has all the surface requirements you'd expect from a prestige production. Now all it needs is a beating heart.

April 3, 2011 | Full Review…

Almost swashbuckling with a cast of thousands, costumes off the charts, and enough murder, sex, and mayhem to suit . . . well, the Borgias.

April 3, 2011 | Full Review…

It moves more deliberately, sometimes a bit ploddingly.

April 3, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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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.

April 3, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A black comedy version of this story, about an incredibly selfish and cruel man somehow ascending to the holiest job on the planet, would be a lot of fun, but those moments are few and far between.

April 3, 2011 | Full Review…

An adequate soap but one that's also rife with missed opportunities.

April 3, 2011 | Full Review…

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