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The Tudors 4 Seasons 2007

Season 1
4.4 out of 5 stars (2,705) IMDb 8.1/10

THE TUDORS will present the rarely dramatized, tumultuous early years of King Henry VIII's nearly 40-year, omnipotent reign (1509-1547) of England. In addition to his famous female consorts and 20+ year marriage to Catherine of Aragon and the infamous dalliance with Anne Boleyn, the series delves into Henry's most notable political relationship and the deconstruction of the Roman Catholic Church in England.

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill

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1. The Tudors

King Henry VIII prepares for war with France but is dissuaded by the diplomatic manipulation of his powerful Lord Chancellor. The harmony of the King's domestic affairs is threatened when he discovers that Elizabeth Blount lady-in-waiting to his Queen, Katherine of Aragon, is pregnant with his child.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 55 minutes Release date: April 1, 2007
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2. Episode 2

Henry contemplates an alliance with Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, King of Spain, despite his Field of Cloth of Gold ceremony celebrating allegiance to France; Elizabeth gives birth to the king's illegitimate son.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 56 minutes Release date: April 8, 2007
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3. Episode 3

A visit from Charles V forces Henry to conceal his growing disaffection from Queen Katherine, who is the influential Spanish monarch's aunt; Henry comes face-to-face with the seductive Anne Boleyn for the first time.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 54 minutes Release date: April 15, 2007
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4. Episode 4

Despite being named Defender of the Faith by the Pope, Henry begins to scheme to replace his queen with the more desirable Anne Boleyn; court intrigues involving Princess Margaret and plots against Cardinal Wolsey intensify.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 57 minutes Release date: April 22, 2007
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5. Episode 5

Henry is stunned by a reversal in his alliance with Charles V and forced to look elsewhere for European support, while an insulted Anne Boleyn refuses his offer of permanent mistress status, inflaming his desire to marry her.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 55 minutes Release date: April 29, 2007
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6. Episode 6

An increasingly confident Henry grows dissatisfied with the Catholic Church's progress with his petition for an annulment of his marriage, making Cardinal Wolsey further vulnerable to conspirators.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 57 minutes Release date: May 6, 2007
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7. Episode 7

England is struck down with food shortages and a plague outbreak, forcing the normally buoyant Henry to doubt his future and abilities - but a sudden change in fortunes is on the horizon.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 56 minutes Release date: May 13, 2007
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8. Episode 8

A special envoy from the Pope arrives to hear Henry's petition regarding the legitimacy of his marriage; the fate of Cardinal Wolsey's career, the king's romance with Anne Boleyn, and the nation's relationship with Rome hang in the balance.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 55 minutes Release date: May 20, 2007
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9. Episode 9

The fall from grace and power of Cardinal Wolsey is fast and merciless, with the one-time Lord Chancellor stripped of authority and influence. His replacement is an unusual choice: the morally righteous Sir Thomas More.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: June 3, 2007
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10. Episode 10

In the season finale, a disgraced Cardinal Wolsey tries one last, desperate gambit to resurrect his career by allying himself with the similarly fallen Queen Katherine, but the king's new advisors learn of their plot.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 54 minutes Release date: June 10, 2007
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Yes, there are inaccuracies, as others have pointed out here. This is a dramatization and this is elegant popular entertainment. As an armchair historian, in love with the stories of Henry VIII, I find it absolutely gripping. The acting is for the most part marvelous, and the idea of doing these great personages as compellingly attractive people is a brilliant one. I think there is plenty enough here to draw a person into good books about Henry and the English Reformation. One thing I do like very much is that Anne Boleyn is being presented as the complex woman she obviously was; and Catherine of Aragon has been presented with immense dignity and respect. But the reason I've signed on here to recommend this series is that I really think it will encourage serious study on the part of many as to what really went on when Henry broke with the Catholic Church, and when popular entertainment invites us to study, to learn more, as well as giving us delight, well, that is worth something. The portrait of Thomas More is excellent, and the actor playing Anne Boleyn's father is quite remarkable. Finally, let me confess: there is something delicious about this series, something thrilling. I find myself charmed by it. Of course I wish the Catholic Church was presented with considerablly more understanding on the part of the writers. But in spite of that I continue to watch the second season, as enthralled as I was by the first. And I've ordered a whole slew of new books on Henry just because of this series, so I'm proof myself of what I'm suggesting here: this will encourage the serious study of history. --- The art direction and the costumes are gorgeous. The lighting is breathtaking. --- The sets are glorious. I hope Showtime gives us more of this top notch entertainment.
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I just finished watching the entire first season of "The Tudors." When the show first premiered on Showtime, I watched the pilot episode and never bothered to watch it again. I thought the show was visually appealing, but way too melodramatic and historically inaccurate for my taste. However, I recently read a fascinating book about Henry VIII, and I needed something else to satisfy my Tudor fixation. I watched all the episodes of "The Tudors" On Demand in less than a week, and I really enjoyed them.

In order to appreciate this program, you have to be willing to accept the show for what it is. Yes, the majority of the characters and plots in the show are based on real historical events, but this is a cable television series, and of course things are going to be changed to appeal to a larger commercial audience. As a result, all of the people in King Henry's court are much more attractive than they probably were in real life, and there are some major alterations to historical timelines. Still, I'm impressed that the producers actually did get so many things right with the show, and overall, it's very engaging to watch. The pacing is exciting and fast...perhaps a little too fast, in my opinion. For example, Elizabeth "Bessie" Blount gets knocked up with Henry's illegitimate child in the very first episode, and by the second episode, she's already giving birth. I wonder how long "The Tudors" can realistically continue to air with such a rushed chain of events.

For the most part, I think the casting of the show is excellent. I've never been a big fan of Jonathan Rhys Meyers until now, but his portrayal of Henry VIII is intense, dramatic, and exciting. Sam Neill is brilliant as the two-faced Cardinal Wolsey, and Natalie Dormer is perfect as the bewitching Anne Boleyn.
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I'm an Anglophle, and I was excited when I heard of this series. I don't have Showtime, so I had no exposure to the show as it ran its first season, so when the DVD's came out, I was ready to rush off and purchase them -- but first I read the reviews. They seemed to praise (great production values!) and pan (ah, the history!) the program in equal measure. So I figured, "Well, some of the reviews are positive, and it's only $25, so why not find out for myself?" I went ahead and bought them, and I've watched them. Here's what I think you should do about them.

If you are a history buff who cannot abide such royalty productions of the nature of as Elizabeth and The Golden Age with Cate Blanchett, then consider avoiding these shows. They are not historical gospel. They're not even a historical prayer book or historical hymn. They're pretty much historical soap opera that takes extraordinary liberties with "the truth." Such liberties can offend the serious scholar. So, quite simply, if you're a serious scholar, save your nitroglycerin pill, and go for one of the highly regarded film histories on the market.

However, if you're either a casual royalty buff or a film scholar, then I think you'd get a kick out of these DVD's. The shows are gorgeously photographed. The cast is unilaterally compelling; I am unfamiliar with these actors, and yet, I can't take my eyes off of them, especially Maria Doyle Kennedy (Queen Catherine) and the actor who plays the Duke of Suffolk (too bad he's too young for me!). Gabrielle Anwar, as Henry's sister Margaret, is not only surpassingly beautiful but has an authentic comedic flair.
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