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The Borgias (2011–2013)

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The saga of a crime family in 1492 Italy.


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Series cast summary:
 Rodrigo Borgia (29 episodes, 2011-2013)
 Cesare Borgia (29 episodes, 2011-2013)
 Lucrezia Borgia (29 episodes, 2011-2013)
 Cardinal Ascanio Sforza (28 episodes, 2011-2013)
 Micheletto (27 episodes, 2011-2013)
 Vanozza Cattaneo (25 episodes, 2011-2013)
 Giulia Farnese (20 episodes, 2011-2013)
 Giuliano Della Rovere (20 episodes, 2011-2013)
 Cardinal Versucci (18 episodes, 2011-2013)
 Juan Borgia (17 episodes, 2011-2012)
 Cardinal Piccolomini (16 episodes, 2011-2013)
 Caterina Sforza (13 episodes, 2011-2013)
 Calvino (12 episodes, 2011-2012)


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 Original Crime Family. See more »


Crime | Drama | History


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Release Date:

3 April 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bordzijos  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


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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User Reviews

Superbly Addicting
3 April 2011 | by (North Carolina, United States) – See all my reviews

I loved every minute of this pilot. I was a little unsure at first when I read the show's summary because I'm usually not a fan of period drama. But I am huge fan of European history and have always thought the Borgias family contributed some of the most interesting stories in Rome's history. So, because of that, I decided to give it a try... and thankfully I was not disappointed. I can't wait to watch the next episode. Jermery Irons is AMAZING in his role as the newly crowned Pope. His superb acting sets the tone and elevates the bar for the whole cast. I can't imagine anyone else in that role, but him. The story draws you in right from the beginning, and moves along quite quickly. The sets were extremely detailed and visually stunning, as were the costumes. There was little I could find wrong with this this first episode. Showtime has done it again & brought us quite a gem.

If you're on the fence and unsure whether or not to watch this movie- like drama, I suggest you give it a try. I promise you won't be disappointed.

-T DeMon Spencer

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