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The Borgias 

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In the fifteenth century, Pope Alexander VI tries to control all power in Italy with the help of his several sons, through murder, intrigue, war, and marriage alliances.

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Series cast summary:
Jeremy Irons ...  Rodrigo Borgia 29 episodes, 2011-2013
François Arnaud ...  Cesare Borgia 29 episodes, 2011-2013
Holliday Grainger ...  Lucrezia Borgia 29 episodes, 2011-2013
Peter Sullivan ...  Cardinal Ascanio Sforza 28 episodes, 2011-2013
Sean Harris ...  Micheletto 27 episodes, 2011-2013
Joanne Whalley ...  Vanozza Cattaneo 25 episodes, 2011-2013
Lotte Verbeek ...  Giulia Farnese 20 episodes, 2011-2013
Colm Feore ...  Giuliano Della Rovere 20 episodes, 2011-2013
Vernon Dobtcheff ...  Cardinal Versucci 18 episodes, 2011-2013
David Oakes ...  Juan Borgia 17 episodes, 2011-2012
Bosco Hogan ...  Cardinal Piccolomini 16 episodes, 2011-2013
Gina McKee ...  Caterina Sforza 13 episodes, 2011-2013
David Alpay ...  Calvino 12 episodes, 2011-2012
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Storyline

The rise to power, and start of a dynasty, of the Borgia family. Rodrigo Borgia ascends within the Catholic Church, becoming Pope Alexander VI. The position brings with it many enemies, internal and state-based, and he has to use all of his abilities of diplomacy, ruthlessness, charm, and the power of the church to stay in power, and alive. Luckily, his children are equally ambitious. Written by grantss

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Sex. Power. Murder. Amen. See more »


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3 April 2011 (USA) See more »

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Tata, Hungary See more »

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Trivia

The Borgias were also the subject of Mario Puzo's novel The Family, and were the inspiration for the Corleone family in his best known novel, The Godfather. Rodrigo became Vito, Cesare became Michael, Juan became Santino ("Sonny"), Jofre became Fredo, and Lucrezia became Connie. See more »

Goofs

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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Superbly Addicting
3 April 2011 | by demon-62See 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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