The Borgias

Season One

DVD - 2011
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Borgias
An explosive story of history's original crime family. Conspiring with his ruthless sons Cesare and Juan and poisonously seductive daughter Lucrezia, the charismatic Rodrigo Borgia's reign as Pope Alexander VI embroils the Catholic Church--and all of Europe--in scandal.

Publisher: Toronto, ON : Phase 4 Films, 2011
Edition: Uncut ed., widescreen presentation
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama BORGIAS1
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (467 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in


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Along with the Medicis, the Borgias are inextricably linked with the most corrupt time in Italian history. Sex, murder, intrigue and naked ambition were par for the course. But in treacherous times, only the strong survive.

Along with the Medicis, the Borgias are inextricably linked with the most corrupt time in Italian history. Sex, murder, intrigue and naked ambition were par for the course. But in treacherous times, only the strong survive.

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Feb 04, 2014
  • violetpretty rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Just watch this. You will not be sorry. Beautifully filmed, gorgeous production, and incredibly enticing characters that could not have been better cast. Do yourself a favor and watch it.

Aug 18, 2013

It should be called "inspired by true events", since it takes enormous liberties with accepted historical facts.
For instance,
1.Gioffre (or Joffre) Borgia was only 4 years younger than his wife, Sancha of Aragon.
2. There was never a massacre a Lucca, but a much smaller one at Fivizzano, a small town in the then Republic of Lucca.
3. Lucrezia's lover wa not a groom in Giovanni Sforza's household, but her father's chamberlain, Pedro Calderon, known as Perotto.
4. Moreover, Giovanni Sforza was mostly in Rome, nor at Pesaro, part of the Papal Court.
etc. etc. etc.
In other words, it is a nice historical piece of fiction, but don't expect to learn history from it.

Apr 13, 2013
  • Einmyria rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Am I ever glad I happened upon this series! Judging by the elaborate set pieces and beautiful costumes, I’m sure a lot of money was put into this production, and the acting really struck me as top notch. Jeremy Irons as the lecherous, ambitious Pope Alexander is a given, but the gorgeous individuals who play his children: Cesare, Juan and Lucrezia, really stole the show for me. Especially Cesare, who seems to have chemistry with just about every character, animal and inanimate object on set, especially when he’s wearing those leather pants…My favourite part of this series actually is the complex, evolving family dynamic of the Borgia family, especially the relationship between the siblings which ranges from jealousy bordering on hatred, to sweet bordering on incestuous. And I have to admit that this first season does get off to a bit of a slow start, but once tensions start to rise, there will be lots of blood…and flying body parts, thanks to a new war invention by the miniature war loving King Charles of France. I highly recommend this series, and cannot wait to watch the Season 3 premiere on the 14th!

Oct 13, 2012

Saw the first 4 episodes so far. Excellent writing, performaces, sets and costumes. It's like the Godfather set in the 16th centuruy. A good example of the seldom realized potential of the "mini-series".

Jun 29, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Boring. Not even Jeremy Irons could make this series work. We couldn't finish the 2nd episode.

May 29, 2012

Canadian actor Francois Arnaud is fabulous in his role as Cesare; Holliday Grainger is great as his sister Lucrezia. It helps that they are not only competent actors, but ultra-hot hot hot! Specially Arnaud in black leather -- yess!!! Jeremy Irons is actually a pretty human pope for such a bad guy -- and those soulful brown eyes are worth a million. Great series-- a romp thru history!

May 22, 2012
  • Palomino rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sex, scandal, and fantasy-history: it's exactly like The Tudors! Just more intelligent. Think castles, horses, velvet dresses, swordfights, politics, religion, and murder. You may draw parallels to modern society if you like, or care deeply about the character development of our morally conflicted heroes (personally, I'm thrilled that brave little Lucrezia ends up with a helluva good Friesian horse and doesn't seem to care that it's way too big for her, and she rides astride, too, sometimes, attagirl). I can't wait for season 2. Tragedy goes without saying; comedy is introduced late in the game with the absolutely delightful character of the King of France. Oh, and the battle scenes are wonderfully graphic, you might want to cover your eyes when the King of France unleashes his secret weapon against Juan and his team.

Sep 30, 2011
  • BlondieBear rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

No closed captioning.

Sep 19, 2011
  • Basileus rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Trying to capture the audience of The Tudors, this English/Canadian production about the notorious Borgia family will fill the void. Set at the start of the Reneissance, the Borgias are a product of their time. Every noble family at the time seeked advancement through any means warrented, either bribery or murder were the most common methods used. Cardinal Borgia (later Pope Alexander) was no different than his peers. While popular mythology has demonized them, and historians and scholars are much kinder in their assesments, this is a television program and meant to entertain. So this incarnation of the Borgias is neither good or evil. They just do what everyone else around them is doing. Some are better at it than other (Cesare seems to be written closer to "press" than he probably actually was). Lucrezia promises to be interesting as the series progresses and she develops more political saavy. And Jeremy Irons as the Pope Alexander is excellent. He plays the Borgia pope as a man who actually believes his lies, much like many politicians do today. Highly recommended.


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May 30, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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