The Tudors: Season 1 (2007)


Season 1
The Tudors

Critics Consensus

Though it isn't the most complex or thought-provoking drama around, The Tudors contains stunning period detail, some sturdy acting, and just enough intrigue to make it an entertaining diversion.



Critic Ratings: 32

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Apr 1, 2007
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Forget those stodgy portraits of England's portly King Henry VIII hanging in museums. This superlative series introduces viewers to a young, hunky and lustful Henry. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is all dash and panache as the star of the historical soap opera, which bursts at the seams with sex, political intrigue, sex, dangerous court liaisons and sex. In the inaugural season, Henry craves a male heir that Queen Katherine of Aragon (Maria Doyle Kennedy) has been unable to deliver (but his mistress Elizabeth has given birth to an illegitimate son). With his interest in Katherine waning, Henry turns his attentions toward a stunning young beauty named Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer) and makes overtures to her to become his new mistress. Putting aside affairs of the heart to tend to affairs of state and religion, Henry welcomes his wife's nephew Charles V of Spain to court and dutifully tries to hide his lack of affection for his wife. After denouncing Martin Luther and his upstart theology, Pope Clement christens Henry a defender of the faith. With pressure from Anne to get a divorce, Henry sends the devious and opportunistic Cardinal Wolsey (Sam Neill) to Rome to petition His Excellency. Amid all the political, personal and religious goings-on, the stage is set for a monumental showdown between Henry, Rome, Spain and France, and all those involved do their best to keep their heads.


Jonathan Rhys Meyers
as King Henry VIII
Sam Neill
as Cardinal Wolsey
Callum Blue
as Knivert
Henry Cavill
as Charles Brandon
Henry Czerny
as Duke of Norfolk
Natalie Dormer
as Anne Boleyn
Maria Doyle Kennedy
as Katherine of Aragon
Jeremy Northam
as Sir Thomas More
Nick Dunning
as Thomas Boleyn
Kristen Holdenreid
as William Compton
James Frain
as Thomas Cromwell
Gabrielle Anwar
as Princess Margaret
Perdita Weeks
as Mary Boleyn
Joe Van Moyland
as Thomas Tallis
Padraic Delaney
as George Boleyn
Joseph M. Kelley
as King of Portugal
Guy Carleton
as Chamberlain
Bosco Hogan
as Bishop Fisher
Gordon Sterne
as Bishop Tunstall
Sara James
as Princess Marguerite
Jamie Thomas King
as Thomas Wyatt
Michael Patric
as Willoughby
John Kavanagh
as Cardinal Campeggio
Emmanuel Leconte
as King Francis
Clive Geraghty
as Dr. Linacre
Rachael Kavanagh
as Ann Hastings
Rebekah Wainwright
as Catherine Brandon
James Rowe
as Norris
Marcus Lamb
as Campeggio's Son
Martin Murphy
as Simon Fish
Fiona Sinnott
as Norfolk's Wife
Rory James Wilson
as Man in Tavern
Philip O'Sullivan
as Bishop Warham
Ian McElhinney
as Pope Clement VII
Ned Dennehy
as Augustin
Pat McGrath
as Grotesque Wolsey
Gabriella Wright
as Queen Claude
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Critic Reviews for The Tudors Season 1

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (22)

A soap with nutrients, a saga with plenty of ga-ga. Coherent and compelling while also complex, it deserves a much wider audience than Showtime generally attracts.

Dec 14, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

There are two major impediments to embracing The Tudors, as swank as it is. First, there's the script... Second, there's the star. Henry VIII needs to be robust and commanding. Rhys Meyers is petulant, passionate, pouty.

Dec 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Taken on its own terms, Tudors is an enjoyable and entertaining romp through the lust and intrigue of Henry's early reign, and it zips along with considerable energy.

Dec 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Say what? Say sumptuous, guilty-pleasure costume drama at your entertainment service. Ladies and gentleman, get your hands together for a bling-bling 16th-century king as royal rock `n' roll star.

Dec 14, 2018 | Full Review…

It's underwritten and ... overripe.

Apr 1, 2007 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The series goes only rock-opera deep, moving full-steam ahead without much accounting for character motivation.

Apr 1, 2007 | Full Review…

Altogether the series is good enough and may eventually develop into something more than the sum of its parts, but viewers might not feel as passionately about The Tudors as its characters do about sex, violence, and politics.

Dec 17, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Natalie Dormer has a flinty flirtiness as Ms. Boleyn. And the costumes are to lose your head for.

Dec 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Strong acting, gorgeous sets, beautiful costumes and the fascinating historical period combine to make the series come alive.

Dec 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Honestly, it would be easier to buy James Gandolfini in the role of Henry VIII than it is Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Dec 14, 2018 | Full Review…

True to form for this new take on an old genre, we see Henry (the eminently watchable Jonathan Rhys Meyers) strip countless times -- to wrestle lovers as well as the French King.

Dec 14, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

It all feels like it's trying too hard, it all feels too forced.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Tudors: Season 1

  • May 10, 2019
    The highest class of drama.
  • Jul 26, 2014
    One sentence: The historical inaccuracies in this series burn my eyes!!
  • Jul 14, 2014
    Funny to watch Catholics and Protestants burning each other alive over their different interpretations of a 1st century pacifist jew. Then someone gets sick and they're like 'let's bleed them' and you just have to chuckle. I thought Jonathan Meyers did a good job with the character, but it would have been cooler if he was less physical gorgeous and had to rely more on his wit, charm, and absolute power for sexual conquest. Idk, people said Henry VII was good looking. Natalie Dormer is way hotter than her portraits too. Were people uglier back then or did they just not paint very well?
  • Dec 01, 2013
    Loved the series! Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays an excellent King Henry!

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