The Borgias (2011–2013)

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The saga of a crime family in 1492 Italy.

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 Rodrigo Borgia (29 episodes, 2011-2013)
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 Cesare Borgia (29 episodes, 2011-2013)
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 Lucrezia Borgia (29 episodes, 2011-2013)
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 Cardinal Ascanio Sforza (28 episodes, 2011-2013)
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 Micheletto (27 episodes, 2011-2013)
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 Vanozza Cattaneo (25 episodes, 2011-2013)
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 Giulia Farnese (20 episodes, 2011-2013)
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 Giuliano Della Rovere (20 episodes, 2011-2013)
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 Cardinal Versucci (18 episodes, 2011-2013)
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 Juan Borgia (17 episodes, 2011-2012)
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 Cardinal Piccolomini (16 episodes, 2011-2013)
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 Caterina Sforza (13 episodes, 2011-2013)
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 Calvino (12 episodes, 2011-2012)
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Following the Borgia family as they rise to power in the Roman Catholic church. Rodrigo Borgia uses bribery, with the help of his son, to secure his position as Pope Alexander VI. But he has gained enemies in the College of Cardinals, who begin to plot against him. He must find alliances. Written by Anonymous

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The show was originally going to have four seasons, but when Neil Jordan thought about doing the fourth season, he didn't have the energy or even story to do ten episodes. Instead of that, he proposed Showtime to wrap up everything with a two-hour TV-Movie. He even wrote the screenplay, but the network refused, arguing it was too expensive and the season 3 ending worked as a series finale. Jordan would eventually published the screenplay as an e-book called The Borgia Apocalypse. See more »

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Caterina Sforza's eldest son's name was Ottaviano, not Benito. None of her sons were named Benito; in fact, Benito is not even an Italian name, but Spanish. The most prominent Italian named Benito, Benito Mussolini, was named after Mexican president Benito Juarez. See more »

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Not a documentary
19 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not for the first time is it necessary to point out to several of the reviewers of "The Borgias" that the show is not a documentary. The creators have used a historical basis as a jumping-off point and then gone on a riff for the sake of poetic license, much like a jazz musician might do with a standard piece of music.

I think "The Borgias" is a fascinating show -- the story lines are excellent and the production values are breathtaking. Almost every scene looks as though it had been lifted in its entirety from a Renaissance painting.

I'm also amazed that at least one reviewer believes that Jeremy Irons cannot act. I'd be interested to hear what criteria that person has apropos of acting excellence. Jeremy Irons is a fine actor, one of the best.

I don't believe I'm alone in the hope that there will be a third season -- and many more seasons to come. The era is a cornucopia of rich material for a drama such as "The Borgias." Thank you, Neil Jordan, and the rest of the crew and cast. You've enriched my life.


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