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  • TV-MA
  • 2011
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.7  (7,042)

Borgia is a historical drama television series that premiered in 2011 on Canal+. The show is centered around the Borgia family, who were infamous for their corruption and scheming during the Renaissance era in Italy. The series spans three seasons and a total of 38 episodes.

The Borgia family is headed by patriarch Rodrigo Borgia, who later becomes Pope Alexander VI, played by John Doman. His three children- Cesare, Lucrezia, and Juan, are played by Mark Ryder, Isolda Dychauk, and David Oakes respectively. Cesare is depicted as ruthless and cunning, while Lucrezia is portrayed as a young innocent girl caught in the middle of her family's political maneuvering. Juan is the younger sibling who struggles to live up to his father's expectations.

The series is rife with political intrigue, as the Borgias vie for power and control in a world where loyalty is crucial, and enemies lurk around every corner. They use bribery, murder, and blackmail to assert their authority and protect their interests. They face opposition from two main factions- the nobility and the pope's enemies within the church. The Borgias are also forced to contend with external threats such as the French invasion of Italy.

The show takes viewers on a journey through the major events and people of the Renaissance era, including famous artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti. The first season focuses on the rise of the Borgia family to power and the election of Rodrigo Borgia as Pope. The second and third seasons delve deeper into the family's inner workings and the dynamics between the different characters.

One of the highlights of the show is the acting performances. John Doman is riveting as the patriarch of the Borgia family, delivering a convincing performance as the cunning and ruthless Pope Alexander VI. Mark Ryder is equally impressive as Cesare, portraying the character's ruthless nature and ambition convincingly. Isolda Dychauk delivers a nuanced portrayal of Lucrezia, showing her growing maturity and resolve as the series progresses.

The series also features an impressive supporting cast, including Art Malik as the cunning and manipulative Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere, and Assumpta Serna as Vannozza dei Cattanei, the mother of Pope Alexander VI's children.

Another standout feature of the show is its production design. The series is shot in various locations across Europe, including Budapest, Prague, and Rome, and is set against a backdrop of stunning Renaissance-era architecture and art. The costumes and sets are elaborate and realistic, transporting viewers back to the 15th and 16th centuries.

Overall, Borgia is a compelling historical drama series that combines political intrigue, family drama, and stunning production design. The intricate plot lines, coupled with strong performances from the cast, make for an engaging and entertaining watch. The show is a must-watch for anyone interested in Renaissance-era Italy or historical dramas in general.

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14. 1507
In the season's final episode, Cesare's ultimate judgment is realized while Lucrezia struggles to make sense of her family's history and its future.
13. 1506
October 27, 2014
Cesare is brought to La Mancha and goes on trial before the Inquisition, while Lucrezia must use extreme measures to save her marriage.
12. 1505
Cesare stands trial for treason against the Holy See and the Ten Commandments, with his old friend Niccolo Machiavelli as prosecutor.
11. 1504
October 20, 2014
With a new pope crowned and order breaking down, Cesare finds himself with more and stronger enemies than ever.
1503: Part 2
10. 1503: Part 2
Rodrigo's death sets chaos in motion on many fronts and forces Cesare to practice his most sophisticated politics yet as stakes are raised.
1503: Part 1
9. 1503: Part 1
Lucrezia meets her new family with mixed results, while at home a malaria outbreak has historic consequences for the Borgias.
8. 1502
Cesare's renegade generals mount a rebellion against him, while those close to Rodrigo conspire against him, all on the eve of Lucrezia's wedding.
7. 1501
October 6, 2014
Cesare loses his lover and his daughter, leading to a painful defeat, and Lucrezia's betrothal becomes politically and emotionally complex.
6. 1500
Outside of Italy, rebellion stirs and the Cardinals fear they'll lose their power, while plans begin for Lucrezia's next marriage.
5. 1499
September 29, 2014
While Rodrigo engages in delicate politics, Leonardo da Vinci offers Cesare a powerful weapon and murder visits the Borgia family.
4. 1498
September 22, 2014
When one of his commanders captures a city without authorization, Cesare must appease a ruler. Lucrezia's son suffers a potentially mortal fall.
3. 1497
September 22, 2014
Cesare's new mistress could trigger a diplomatic indecent, and public allegations of debauchery are made against the Borgia family.
2. 1496
September 15, 2014
Cesare awaits an answer to his ultimatum to Florence, while Rodrigo is stricken ill and Lucrezia becomes embroiled in sexual politics.
1. 1495
September 15, 2014
Rodrigo returns from his monastery and makes Lucrezia First Counselor, while Cesare remains on a military campaign to subjugate the rebel provinces.
  • Premiere Date
    October 1, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (7,042)