Versailles: Season 1 (2015 - 2016)

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Versailles

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Versailles is decadent escapism with its flouting of obscene wealth, frilly pageantry, and juicy court intrigue -- effectively papering over the series' stiff performances.

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Critic Ratings: 14

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User Ratings: 242

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Episodes

Air date: Oct 1, 2016

A 28-year-old Louis XIV travels to Versailles after the Fronde revolt, in order to build the world's most opulent palace in the series premiere of this drama.

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Air date: Oct 1, 2016

Louis XIV begins construction of Versailles as he attempts to keep the nobles in line and away from Paris.

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Air date: Oct 8, 2016

The African Prince Annaba visits Louis at Versaillles; Louis use his wife Marie-Therese to gain access to the African territories; Philippe's wife, Henriette, is harassed by the unrelenting Chevalier de Lorraine.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2016

Louis is troubled by his brother Philippe's rumored expertise on the battlefield; Louise de Valliere is outshined in the Court by Marchioness of Montespan.

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Air date: Oct 22, 2016

Philippe returns victorious from the front; attacks continue outside Versailles; the king invites the biggest noble families to Versailles to celebrate the peace treaty.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2016

Soldiers working at Versailles revolt; the Duke of Cassel heads to the palace after a decree from the king that nobles who move to the area will be relieved of their debts.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2016

Bontemps is worried about the king's high fever and summons a doctor; an emergency council meets to discuss a course of action if the king's condition worsens.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2016

While in prison, Chevalier is visited by the head of the plot to insure that he does not name his fellow conspirators; Louis proves himself to be a master strategist.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2016

Henriette takes the lead in negotiations with her brother King Charles III; Montespan gains power in the court as he wins over Louis' heart. Fabien plans revenge for Beatrice's treasonous acts.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2016

Henriette's health rapidly declines; Claudine works feverishly to save her patient as the palace is put on lock-down; Louis is determined to save his son from the oppressive atmosphere of the court.

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Tv Season Info

Louis XIV flaunts his absolute power by building the most extraordinary castle in the world, in his bid to keep the nobles under control and out of Paris.

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Critic Reviews for Versailles Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (8)

Versailles was neither smart enough to be serious nor dumb enough to be silly, and left a cast of unknowns flailing.

Mar 24, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The men especially, appear lost or out of place, declaiming thick exposition and venomous threats in Brit-accented English, all while wearing poorly tailored frills and laughable long wigs that suggest they're trying to unleash their inner Fabio.

Oct 3, 2016 | Full Review…

What is more interesting is how Versailles chooses to interpret the major relationships and rumors that defined the early years of Louis' reign.

Sep 28, 2016 | Full Review…
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The intrigue, as we might expect, is probably the most interesting element of Versailles, and the entire attention-seeking souffl looks suitably splendid, as it should on a budget of 24 million.

Sep 28, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I'm enjoying Versailles. It is a trashy, extravagant romp that takes liberties with the actuality. It is also, undeniably, quite a lot of fun.

Sep 28, 2016 | Full Review…
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It's demented.

Sep 28, 2016 | Full Review…
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The performances range from hammy to insipidly limp, and a lot of the dialogue is risible.

Mar 25, 2020 | Full Review…

Versailles is a seductive series of meaningful/meaningless glances.

Mar 24, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Only the end invites us to continue to discover the immediate future of events that, if treated well, can lead to a great television story. We will have to wait. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The performances range from hammy to insipidly limp, and a lot of the dialogue is risible.

Oct 16, 2017 | Full Review…

This is entertainment in the tradition of The Tudors except that it is well performed...

Aug 31, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Fans of series like The Borgias, The Tudors, and other historical political dramas (with an emphasis on drama over history) will find plenty to like.

Sep 29, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Versailles: Season 1

  • Jul 16, 2020
    Love this show. It's full of complicated relationships, intrigue and the right combination of modern overlaying retelling of history. Not what one would expect so give it a try.
  • Jun 02, 2020
    So disappointed. 1. I struggled w so many British accents in 17th century France. 2. Slow. 3. Sex scenes were a waste of time. They contributed nothing.
  • Mar 05, 2020
    I love this show the acting is excellent, the direction and cinematography both as well and I found it to be quite stylish. They actually made long hair on men look good. I'm not an ‘expert' on plot and writing and so on but I am thoroughly enjoying the story. George Blagden and Alexander Vlahos are both charming, engaging and eccentric, where by contrast Tygh Runyan and Stuart Bowman bring a more serious and severe element. I be remiss if I didn't add that Anna Brewster, Madison Jaizani and Jessica Clark add a prefect amount of sexy sophistication. One element which I felt left much to be desired, was the comic relief brought by Evan Williams character Chevalier. It's was corny over the top twink humour that just was more tiresome than hilarious. If anything I found Anatole Tubman's Moncourt's misfortunes and and fumblings to be unintentionally amusing.
  • Dec 09, 2019
    Amazing show if you like period pieces. It doesn't disappoint.
  • Aug 29, 2019
    I was waiting impatiently for season 3 to begin. Now I finally get the entire season to Marathon watch ; I read its ending with no season 4. 😭 I absolutely love these Historical portrayals , sex scenes and all , cant believe people get offended by that ( cover your eyes if it bothers you ) but please dont end the series ! Its my all time favorite; and I will probably watch it as many times as I did Elizabeth,The Golden Age; and the other Boylen Girl ... How depressing, the series is fabulous..
  • Aug 10, 2019
    Really enjoyed this series! I wish there was a season 4.
  • Jul 01, 2019
    A new type of show. Thrilling, opulent and indulgent. Beautiful! Such good characters and intrigue.
  • May 01, 2019
    Love it, Great acting. Awesome his"story" . Sad to hear only 3 seasons.
  • Nov 21, 2018
    soft porn and nonsense. stay away.
  • Sep 01, 2018
    Dreadful. Clunky plot lines. Flat and lacking any dramatic variation. Ridiculous changes of heart of character that make no sense either rationally or emotionally. Foster's no affinity, relatability, or sense of caring towards any of the characters. Terribly weak and feeble finale. I can't believe two additional series were commissioned of this dreck.

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