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In the 15th 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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...  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
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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 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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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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The pope never crowned Charles VIII as the king of Naples; on the contrary, he refused to do it. See more »

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Fascinating production
30 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

I have only seen the first two episodes of The Borgias but am already deeply immersed in this brilliant series.

The production is beautifully set and the atmosphere of the period is captured with detail and accuracy. The wonderful cast, led by the superb Jeremy Irons, is excellent and as good as I have ever seen in a production of this kind.

This series proves once more that good television is superior to most of the films produced today. This is a must for anyone who enjoys a fascinating story, based on real history, and an ensemble cast of actors chosen with care. Highly recommended.


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