Versailles: Season 1 (2015 - 2016)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 11


Audience Score

User Ratings: 230
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Air date: Oct 1, 2016
Air date: Oct 1, 2016
Air date: Oct 8, 2016
Air date: Oct 15, 2016
Air date: Oct 22, 2016
Air date: Oct 29, 2016
Air date: Nov 5, 2016
Air date: Nov 12, 2016
Air date: Nov 19, 2016
Air date: Nov 19, 2016

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 (11) | Top Critics (6)

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…

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…

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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

It's demented.

Sep 28, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Eleven full minutes into Versailles, and I was cheerfully bonding with the Franco-Canadian mood of it all.

Sep 28, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Versailles: Season 1

  • 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.
  • May 01, 2018
    I absolutely love this show. It is more than just a rehash of history. I like the brotherly love/ate relationship between Louis XIV & Phillipe, as well as that of Phillipe & the chevalier. Lots of intrigue. great sets/costumes but not stiff & stilted like so many historical dramas. not for the faint-hearted. cast was great!
  • Apr 20, 2018
    Just finished 2nd Season - great actors/acting, costumes, palace intrigue is riveting!! Can’t wait for next season.
  • Apr 16, 2018
    loved it!! wonderful drama with history thrown in!
  • Apr 13, 2018
    LOve this show. The sets, the costumes, the stories, the intrigue.
  • Apr 03, 2018
    It is beautiful, luxurious, thought provoking and educational. There is alot to be learned from the show. Worth watching. My criticism comes from a learned understanding of the tarot, and the women who perhaps worked in these curcles at the time. Number one, I do not appreciate the ignorance in the writers minds of the tarot, of magic, or of spell casting. To take a skill and art form and turn it villianious is unnecessary and insulting. Playing into the idea that these women use it for darkness is what lead to the upwards of two million women being burned at the stake. Propagation of these ideas really leeches the whole story and makes it gross. Otherwise everything else is alright. Be careful also of making a tarot reader in alliance with a satanist. You are ignorant once again on the subject. Sometimes I wish these writers would at least read a book before they write entire plot points into the show.

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