Versailles: Season 1 (2015)

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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: 254

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Episodes

Air date: Nov 16, 2015

At age 28, Louis XIV leaves Paris for Versailles to build a magnificent palace.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2015

Louis lauches the Grande Enquete to check the legitimacy of the nobles' titles; Louis' sibling rivalry with Philippe takes a nasty turn.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2015

Louis welcomes the African Prince Annaba.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2015

Louise de Valliere is out shined at court by the Marchioness of Montespan.

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Air date: Nov 30, 2015

The king invites noble families to Versailles to celebrate the peace treaty.

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Air date: Nov 30, 2015

The soldiers at Versailles revolt; the Duke of Cassel heads to the palace.

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Air date: Dec 7, 2015

With Louis laid low by a major fever, those conspiring against him grow in strength and confidence while Philippe is caught in the middle, as are medic Masson and his daughter Claudine.

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Air date: Dec 7, 2015

Chevalier receives a visit to ensure that he will not name his fellow conspirators.

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Air date: Dec 14, 2015

The traitor strikes in the palace prison, Henriette has a rocky reunion with her brother, Charles II of England, while Béatrice risks a rendezvous with Marchal. Diplomacy and duplicity dominate the drama's penultimate episode.

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Air date: Dec 14, 2015

Henriette's health deteriorates; the poisoning theory is confirmed; he Palace is locked down; Claudine gives her all to save her patient.

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Cast & Crew

George Blagden
Louis XIV

Actor
Alexander Vlahos
Monsieur Philippe d'Orléans

Actor
Amira Casar
Béatrice de Clermont

Actor
Tygh Runyan
Fabien Marchal

Actor
Stuart Bowman
Bontemps

Actor
Evan Williams
Le Chevalier de Lorraine

Actor
Noémie Schmidt
Henriette

Actor
Anna Brewster
Montespan

Actor
Lizzie Brocheré
Claudine

Actor
Anatole Taubman
Montcourt

Actor
Steve Cumyn
Colbert

Actor
Elisa Lasowski
Marie-Thérèse

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Critic Reviews for Versailles: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Versailles: Season 1

  • Sep 22, 2021
    I really believe this show is sadly underrated. It is stunningly shot, costumed, written and performed. George Blagden plays Louis XIV with a subdued strength, will and cunning that is often underestimated by his enemies and friends alike. The supporting cast also contributes stellar performances, with Alexander Valhos as the King's second-fiddle little brother the Duke of Orleans, Evan Williams as the grandiose and slavishly trendy Chevalier, and Tygh Runyan as the ruthless chief of security and "detective" Fabien particularly standing out. The show also portrays the struggle of women at the time, and how limited their life choices truly were. Intrigue, sex, beauty and gossip were the only means they had to achieve any sort of success in the halls of Versailles, and the actors cast all bring the dichotomy of desperation vs skill to life. Noemie Schmidt is a virtual mouse-that-roared as Henrietta, wife to the Duke of Orleans while simultaneously mistress to the King and sister to Charles II of England. While outwardly quiet and meek, she has an inner fire and intellect that rivaled any of Louis's pompous advisors. Anna Brewster as Anthenais de Monstepan, yet another of Louis famous mistresses, is captivating as a social animal who has clawed her way to the position of "Queen of Versailles". Lizzie Bouchre is a character who had broken the "mirrored" ceiling of Versailles as it were-- a woman who dares to be a doctor in a time when her passion for scientific method could easily have her burned as a witch, but yet she perseveres. And then there is Jessica Clark as The Princess Palatine, the Duke's second wife and participant in a purely political marriage. Originally from now modern-day Germany, she is a breath of fresh air and comedic relief as the down-to-earth, funny huntswoman who compassionately accepts her husband's attraction to men and earns Louis's friendship and ear in political matters. Needless to say, I absolutely adore this show and am still brokenhearted that it didn't find its audience. For those seeking a Masterpiece Theater type of historical drama, this isn't for you. It is quite sexual and violent-- but then again, so was Versailles. But for those who ate The Tudors and The Borgias for breakfast, this will not disappoint.
  • Jan 26, 2021
    Loved it. The series was incredible drama by itself, but it made my husband and I read about the history to find out what was fact and fiction. The costumes, settings and actors were magnificent.
  • 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.

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