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The Tudors is a television show that was run on the Showtime network for 4 seasons and included 38 episodes. It stars Johnathan Rhys Meyers as King Henry VIII of England. The series had many co-stars as well as guest stars including Joss Stone, James Frain, Natalie Dormer, Sarah Bolger and Joely Richardson. As with most Showtime productions The Tudors is rated TV MA for strong language, nudity and adult content.

The Tudors follows the life of Henry VIII from the time of his crowning until his death. The show details his life of scandal, paranoia and his many marriages as well as his changes in the Catholic church bringing about the Church of England. These religious changes came as a result of Henry VII's desire for divorce in his pursuit of producing a male heir as well as his infamous tendency towards extramarital affairs.

Henry VIII was famously paranoid especially in the years leading to his death. This was played well by Johnathan Rhys Meyers. Throughout the series the paranoia becomes more and more prevalent causing him to distrust everyone around him especially his wives, advisors and at times his own children. The series also introduces Mary, his first daughter who eventually takes the thrown and is known as Bloody Mary due to her policies and laws and the resulting murders of many who disobeyed them.

Though the series can at times seem to be all about sex it follows an important history of both religion and the monarchy and includes details that are not always readily available in your high school history books.

Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on Showtime
4 Seasons, 38 Episodes - Canceled
April 1, 2007
Mini-Series, Drama
8.1/10
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The Tudors Full Episode Guide

  • Death of a Monarchy. King Henry learns that his friends King Francis and Charles Brandon are dying. Confronted with mortality, the ghosts of his former wives pay him a visit and Hans Holbein paints a last portrait of Henry.

  • Henry's health worsens after his military campaign against France and he suffers constant pain from his ulcerous leg. Meanwhile, Bishop Gardiner accuses Henry's wife Catherine Parr of being a heretic.

  • The defeat of the French in Boulogne comes with a high prize and costs the lives of thousands of Henry's men and the king decides to return home in triumph.

  • Catherine Parr becomes Henry's final wife and is able to stabilize Henry's household.

  • Henry decides to put his daughters back in his line of succession and surprises with an unexpected political alliance.

  • Bottom of the Pot. Henry is devastated to learn of Catherine's infidelities and banishes her from court.

  • After the king's pardon, the North surprises Henry with a warm welcome. Back at Henry's court, Queen Katherine is being blackmailed by a former lover.

  • A more benevolent Henry 8 forgives the citizens of the North for their rebellion against him, while the youthful wife he dotes upon begins a passionate affair with Culpepper.

  • Due to his age, Henry is forced to leave the Christmas celebrations. In the meantime, the Seymore clan becomes the target of Lord Surrey.

  • King Henry VIII finds his new wife in a teenager named Katherine Howard, but the young queen soon causes jealousy among the king's court.

  • Henry annuls his marriage and finds a teenage mistress instead. Princess Mary falls in love with a foreign duke, Duke Philip of Bavaria. Cromwell loses the king's favour.

  • War looms with France and Spain aligning against England with backing from Rome, so Henry agrees to a politically fortuitous marriage with Anne of Cleves (Joss Stone), a plain and unsophisticated German aristocrat he has never met.

  • Matchmaking begins in earnest as Cromwell schemes to secure the Reformation by marrying Henry to a Protestant wife - but the king's marital reputation precedes him; the condition of Henry's wounded leg turns life-threatening.

  • After the death of his wife, Henry mourns in solitude. His enemies use this opportunity to murder members of the royal entourage.Cromwell is upset that the Church of England still closely resembles the Catholic Church.

  • The leaders of the Pilgrimage of Grace uprising are put to death, but Brandon is disturbed by the cruelty and mercilessness of the suppression; Henry celebrates the birth of a son but his joy is short-lived as Queen Jane dies within days.

  • It's almost Christmas time again and after having been estranged for years, Henry reunites with his daughters Mary and Elizabeth. Despite attempts at reconciliation with the leaders of the rebellion, there is betrayal and brutality.

  • King Henry marries for the third time. A blonde, shy noblewoman by the name of Jane Seymour. The king's decision to abandon the Catholic Church causes an uproar.

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers, star of the Showtime series "The Tudors," tried (unsuccessfully) to kill himself yesterday by ingesting pills, according to UK paper The Sun. An actor and a model, Rhys Meyers is probably best known for his critically acclaimed role as Henry VIII in "The Tudors" and for a part in "Bend it Like Beckham," but the incredibly talented actor has also had stand-out roles in films like Woody Allen's "Match Point," "Velvet Goldmine," and "Mission: Impossible III."

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Yet again, Superman appears from out of the blue.

Warner Bros. announced today that the new Man of Steel will be played by relative unknown 27-year-old British actor Henry Cavill, whose highest profile past role was appearing in the Showtime series “The Tudors.”

“In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honored to be a part of his return to the big screen,” said director Zac Snyder.

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