The Tudors: Season 4 (2010)

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Season 4
The Tudors

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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.

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Critic Ratings: 12

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User Ratings: 144

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Air date: Apr 11, 2010

In the fourth-season premiere, Henry takes the fifth---bride, that is. This time his queen is Katherine Howard (Tamzin Merchant), a lusty young lass with a checkered past and an uncanny ability to inspire jealousy and passion among the king's court.

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Air date: Apr 18, 2010

The series' four-season run comes to an end with Henry defeating one more formidable political rival and facing his mortality after dealing with the deaths of longtime friend Charles Brandon and King Francis of France. He is also haunted by the apparitions of his former royal wives, who gather for what appears to be one last confrontation.

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Air date: Apr 25, 2010

Henry begins to show his age during the course of Christmas celebrations and must take leave of them, but that doesn't stop the randy young merrymakers in his court. Meanwhile, power-seeking Lord Surrey targets the influential Seymour clan.

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Air date: May 2, 2010

Henry shows his benevolent side as he pardons the citizens of the North, who staged a rebellion against him. Meanwhile at home, trouble is brewing in the form of whispered accusations of an affair involving his young bride, Catherine Howard, and the ambitious Thomas Culpepper.

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Air date: May 9, 2010

Henry is heartened by his welcome in the north but disheartened to learn about some possible indiscretions in the queen's past. Things get dicier for Catherine when an ex-lover threatens blackmail, and an anonymous letter surfaces that bears witness to her infidelities.

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Air date: May 16, 2010

Henry is royally disturbed upon learning of his queen's inglorious and promiscuous past and her present-day dalliances, and dismisses her from the court. Meanwhile, the investigation has been rounding up and torturing some not-so-usual suspects.

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Air date: May 23, 2010

Henry revels in his new unmarried status and surprises the court and his subjects by restoring his daughters to the royal line of succession. He also forges important and unexpected political alliances and takes a romantic interest in the recently widowed Catherine Parr (Joely Richardson).

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Air date: Jun 6, 2010

War clouds with France loom overhead, but at home and in court Henry is pleased with how his new wife, Catherine Parr (Joely Richardson), has stabilized his life.

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Air date: Jun 13, 2010

The war with France, which appears to be lost, takes a decisive turn when one of Henry's officers makes a bold maneuver to salvage victory. Unfortunately, the wear and tear of the campaign has weighed heavily on the King and his health deteriorates. Meanwhile, his trusted friend Charles Brandon returns from France with a mistress.

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Air date: Jun 20, 2010

The queen (Joely Richardson) is accused of heresy, but it is of little concern to an ailing Henry. Meanwhile, Lord Surrey faces the music for his ill-advised military action that cost the lives of 600 men and nearly thrust England back to war with France.

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Tv Season Info

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.

Cast & Crew

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers
King Henry VIII
Joss Stone
Max von Sydow
Cardinal Von Waldburg
Colm Wilkinson
Lord Thomas Darcy
Sarah Bolger
Princess Mary Tudor
Rod Hallett
Sir Richard Rich
Anthony Brophy
Ambassador Eustace Chapuys
Gavin O'Connor
Shrewsbury
Simon Ward
Bishop Stephen Gardiner
Alan Van Sprang
Sir Francis Bryan
Max Brown
Edward Seymour
Rebekah Wainwright
Catherine Brandon
Mark Hildreth
Cardinal Reginald Pole
David Wilmot
Sir Ralph Ellerker
Peter Gaynor
Hans Holbein
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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…

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…
Top Critic

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…

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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