The Tudors: Season 4 (2010)


Season 4
The Tudors

Critics Consensus

Henry's sordid story is concluded in a truncated manner that nevertheless provides closure, although viewers may feel that the ruler's most interesting lovers and opponents had already lost their heads before this fourth and final season.



Critic Ratings: 12


Audience Score

User Ratings: 135
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Air date: Apr 11, 2010
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The fourth season begins with Henry taking his fifth bride, the lustful teenager Catherine Howard (Tamzin Merchant). However, the newlyweds' honeymoon is short-lived when the new queen's faithfulness is soon called into question. Ultimately, there is a sixth and final marriage, to the recently widowed Catherine Parr (Joely Richardson). As the final season progresses the king's declining health comes into focus, a hard fought war with France takes it's toll, and the deaths of several of his contemporaries has Henry solemnly contemplating his own mortality.


Jonathan Rhys Meyers
as King Henry VIII
Henry Cavill
as Charles Brandon
Sarah Bolger
as Princess Mary
Rebekah Wainwright
as Catherine Brandon
Joely Richardson
as Catherine Parr
David O'Hara
as Earl of Surrey
Torrance Coombs
as Thomas Culpepper
Joss Stone
as Anne of Cleves
Max Brown
as Edward Seymour
Tamzin Merchant
as Catherine Howard
Natalie Dormer
as Anne Boleyn
Nick Dunning
as Thomas Boleyn
Guy Carleton
as Chamberlain
Alan Van Sprang
as Sir Francis Bryan
Maria Doyle Kennedy
as Katherine of Aragon
Andrew McNair
as Thomas Seymour
Emmanuel Leconte
as King Francis
Bosco Hogan
as Bishop Fisher
Joanne King
as Lady Rochford
Rod Hallett
as Richard Rich
Emma Hamilton
as Anne Stanhope
James Gilbert
as William Brereton
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Critic Reviews for The Tudors Season 4

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

I've come to admire Hirst's sex-charged costume drama for its deft blending of gossip and governance.

Dec 17, 2018 | Full Review…

The Tudors has been all dressed up with plenty of places to go and ample beheadings to behold. It's been a romp at times, but also a richly textured morality play in which an all-powerful king cast himself as God and greatly relished the role.

Dec 17, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Its strongest suit is illustrating 1) the coexistence of powerful, conflicting forces inside the same person, and 2) the idea that absolute power corrupts.

Apr 11, 2010 | Full Review…

After four marvelous seasons chock-full of royal intrigue, romance and decadence, Showtime's majestic soap The Tudors ends on an appropriately melancholy note.

Dec 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Though not always exactly historically accurate, real life events do dictate that King Henry VIII outlives most of the series' most interesting characters... Thus, we begin season four with a dearth of vibrant characters to hold our interest.

Dec 17, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It wrapped up most of the plotlines neatly yet made me feel a strong desire to go buy a big, heavy book about England post-Henry VIII so I can find out more.

Dec 17, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Stressed-out students hoping to get a few pointers for an upcoming history paper will be disappointed - or maybe not.

Oct 15, 2018 | Full Review…

It makes for a televisual mixture bursting with calories and MSG, especially when combined with the opulent camerawork and Kerrygold Country Irish locations.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Tudor history is irresistible, even if the bedroom gymnastics here seem more in keeping with the Playboy Mansion than a royal palace.

Apr 11, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Everything happens way too fast. Sure, it wouldn't be interesting to have a show that lasts seven years before anything exciting happens, but The Tudors makes Henry seem like a kid who gets bored with his toys every five minutes.

Dec 17, 2018 | Full Review…

It's now little more than a puppet act bouncing through history to get to its end.

Apr 11, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The closing run seems content to focus on bodice-ripping and little else -- a bit like a CW drama, only with prettier clothes.

Apr 11, 2010 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for The Tudors: Season 4

  • Jul 07, 2017
    A great end for a good historical series
  • Feb 29, 2016
    Excellent series showing the complexity of the English court and the terror of living under a monarchs whims. I think the final episode was one of the best done endings that I've seen.
  • May 26, 2015
    One of the very best. If only I knew of it sooner!
  • Feb 19, 2015
    dark and "nary" an uplifting moment, but interesting as the dickens
  • Feb 17, 2015
    This year and every year, the brilliance of Jonathan Rhys Meyers is evident throughout - he is Henry - and his interpretation is nothing short of brilliant. I talked my brother into watching this - and believe me, there was reluctance there. He said "I knew someone like him!" (Myers). The arrogance, the bearing, the intelligence - he absolutely shone throughout this amazing series - I had to own it!
  • Dec 07, 2013
    I really enjoyed it, I watched it after watching Game of Thrones and it reminded me of GOT alot. Really really enjoyed it!
  • Dec 01, 2013
    Loved the Tudors series! Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays an excellent King Henry!

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