Top positive review
One person found this helpful
Well worth watching.....
on April 3, 2015
Excellent and well played, the nuances are all there, minor though they may be. I'm a direct descendant of the Herbert family, and though they aren't mentioned much, the last wife, Catherine Parr, her sister Anne was married to Earl of Pembroke William Herbert (my relative).
Anne was also a lady in waiting for all of Henry VIII's wives. One nuance I mention is in the last couple of episodes, when Catherine comes on scene, you'll note that her sister Anne is also imprisoned at her home for a short while, which she was because of suspected complicity with her sister for promoting Protestant beliefs and offending the Catholic Church (Catherine fixed he situation with the King, as it was mainly pushed by the Catholic Church hardliners), and you have to listen carefully but at other times you will hear her referred to as "Lady Herbert".
While it's a minor detail, I was looking for it, and they probably could have glossed over ever even mentioning her or referring to her as Lady Herbert and no one would have noticed.
So it's nice attention to some little details, the filming locations and sets are magnificent. It would behoove someone to read just a little bit of what was going on with the religious aspect under Henry, how the Church, the Pope, the Cardinals, Excommunication, and all that fits into the history, or else you could get confused on religious aspects and wonder what is going on with all that.
Also, there is no real inidcation of the passage of time, and one could believe that all the events happened within a few years, when actually it's about 40 years worth, and Henry only seems to age about 3 times, all very noticeable.
Overall, a winner that the writers, producers, cast, and Showtime seemed to put a lot of thought and effort into. Don't get up without pausing, you may miss something that comes into play 2 episodes later!